San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Reservation Link Will Open at Noon on Monday, September 23, 2013
TheYear of Living Dangerously
Book by Jeffrey Haddow
Music by Thomas Tierney
Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and Thomas Tierney
Based on the novel by Christopher J. Koch
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Jakarta, Indonesia, 1965. Against a backdrop of impending revolution, three vivid characters engage in an exotic love triangle: Guy Hamilton, ambitious Aussie reporter with a taste for danger. Jill Bryant, fiercely independent British diplomatic attaché. And Billy Kwan, diminutive idealistic Australian-Chinese photojournalist. In 1982, the novel became a cult film starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, and Linda Hunt. Now, as turmoil rages across the developing world, it soars to new life on the musical stage.
Jeffrey Haddow (Book, Co-Lyrics) is a 2009 winner of the BMI Harrington Award for Creative Excellence. His musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility (with composer Neal Hampton) received its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts this past spring. He co-authored the musical revue, Scrambled Feet which ran two years Off-Broadway and the play Chekhov in Yalta which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Distinguished Playwriting. Jeffrey is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
Thomas Tierney (Music, Co-Lyrics) composed ELEANOR - An American Love Story at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and many other U.S. theatres - and Narnia, based on The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (London and New York). Other shows: Jungle Queen Debutante (New York’s NAMT Festival and Seattle’s Village Theatre in Issaquah), Off-Broadway’s Pets!, The Dream Team at Goodspeed Opera, Tommy Tune’s one-man show Ichabod - and recently At the Back of the North Wind (with Jeffrey Haddow). He has composed 6 shows for Theatreworks/USA and AT&T’s theme for Disney’s EPCOT Center. For TV he wrote music for NBC's Emmy Award winning Unicorn Tales. Tom has performed his own music at Lincoln Center and at the White House, and has won numerous ASCAP awards.
Stephen Brackett (Director) recently directed the world premier of Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar starring Michael Urie (Barrow Street and Rattlestick Theaters, Drama Desk and Off Broadway Alliance Awards). Other NY credits include Chad Beckim’s After with Partial Comfort Productions, Micheline Auger’s American River with Lesser America, Dan Fishback’s The Material World at Dixon Place (Top 10 of 2012 Time Out NY), Anton Dudley’s The Empty Ocean with The Harold Clurman Lab, and Bekah Brunstetter’s Be A Good Little Widow at Ars Nova. Upcoming: Ken Urban’s The Correspondent at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Christopher J. Koch, Australian novelist, was born in Hobart, Australia. He has twice won the Miles Franklin Award. In 1995 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for contribution to Australian literature. His novel The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Jakarta during the fall of the Sukarno regime, was made into a film directed by Peter Weir and starring Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson and Linda Hunt who won the Oscar for her role. The book was loosely inspired by his brother's (Philip Koch) experience as an Australian journalist in Indonesia during that period. His other books include Out of Ireland, Highways to a War and The Memory Room.
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