Premiere Indie Rock Musical
Inspired by The Song of Songs
Liars & Believers (formerly The Performance
LAB) will presents another world premiere of "Song of Songs
– a LoveRomp," an indie rock musical inspired by the
classic text The Song of Songs, from June 2 –18 at the
Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston.
show is composed by Nathan Leigh, with lyrics by Nathan
Leigh and Jason Slavick and a book by Jason Slavick and
the LAB Ensemble. The show explores love in the modern
world with songs, dance, puppets and clowns while featuring live Boston
bands as opening acts.
The Song of Songs has long mesmerized readers and scholars with
its rich imagery and candid language. Director and LAB Artistic Director
Jason Slavick commented, “The Song of Songs is the greatest
love poem ever written. Its complexity, sensuality - not to mention religious
baggage - make it irresistible for theatrical interpretation.”
Interweaving multiple stories, "Song of Songs – a LoveRomp"
delves into different types of love, from the young and silly to the dangerous
and codependent. It explores love as inspiration, loss, sexual and spiritual
arousal, loyalty and compassion.
Boston native Nathan Leigh has composed the show's hip indie rock score.
With influences as varied as Leonard Cohen, Neutral Milk Hotel,
The Talking Heads and The Decemberists, the
show combines unusual percussion with indie folk guitars and expansive
harmonies to create a world that evokes both the handmade and the majestic.
The music quickly goes from a simple pop gems to complex five-part harmonies.
The production was developed collaboratively with the ensemble of performers,
designers and artists led by Slavick, writer and director of last year’s
hit punk cabaret musical, "Le Cabaret Grimm."
The ensemble includes actors, Esme Allen, Austin Auh and
Dylan McGill, dancer and choreographer Rachel Bertone
and actor/musician Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and The
Continuing the spirit of collaboration, "Song of Songs – a
LoveRomp" features an opening act titled “ForePlay.”
The opening act will rotate, creating a different experience each week.
On June 5 and 12, the cast, musicians and crew will host a Sunday post-show
talkback called “Pillow Talk,” providing a peek behind the
curtains look at the show.
For tickets, call 617-933-8600 or visit www.BostonTheatreScene.com