Posts Tagged ‘Orpheus & Eurydice’

Orpheus and Eurydice, The Musical

Posted September 19th, 2012

Take one part musical theater, one part Greek myth, one run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, remount it for Philly, and you’ve got the 2012 Philly Fringe show Orpheus & Eurydice, opening tonight at Asian Arts Initiative.

“We were just talking about being excited to do a show for an American audience,” says Andrew Hanley, who, with Melissa Nally, are the Green Elephant Theatre behind the show. “With musical theater being such an American art form, there are basic assumptions that aren’t the same over there. People would talk to me afterwards, and would ask where I was during the show—everyone thought it was weird that we wanted the music to come from offstage.”

After the jump: one of Andrew’s songs, falling in love with Philly and musical theater, and the insanity of Edinburgh Fringe.

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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Melissa Nally and Andrew Hanley

Posted August 3rd, 2012

Melissa Nally, 24, and Andrew Hanley, 23, of Green Elephant Theatre Co. premiered their musical adaptation of Orpheus & Eurydice at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now they’re bringing the (brotherly) love to Philly Fringe, and not looking back; take note ill-fated (and now, melodious) Orpheus.

Orpheus & Eurydice is co-written by Andrew and Melissa, with music by Andrew.

Name: Melissa Nally and Andrew Hanley.

Show Title: Orpheus & Eurydice.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old. Eurydice dies and then Orpheus gets her back and then she dies again. They sing songs about it.

Do you have children? If so, do you love them? Wishes are children.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?  Andrew: Talking Parrot. I asked for it six years in a row and only got in in 2nd grade. I wasn’t allowed to have a Furby.

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