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Firebrand of Florence, The

Genre Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure
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Composer Kurt Weill
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Book By Edwin Justus Mayer
 
Other Credits
Format Operetta
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

Benvenuto Cellini, the great Florentine artist, is sentenced to hang, but he is pardoned when the duke realises that he has not completed a previously commissioned sculpture. Freed, Cellini is able to turn his attention to his favourite model (and object of his affections), Angela. The Duke also is interested in Angela. In a typical operetta plot, Cellini swashbuckles around the stage, keeping the Duke away from Angela, keeping himself away from the Duchess, and escaping yet another death sentence by fleeing to Paris, as the end of the show recapitulates the beginning.

Originally seen on Broadway in 1945, this effervescent comedy - an American equivalent to the opera comique of Offenbach - was brilliantly revived for the BBC’s Kurt Weill Weekend at the Barbican, where Rodney Gilfry starred in the title role in a concert performance with Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (a performance recorded by Capriccio). The show offers a standout lead role for a baritone and a score featuring songs like ‘Life, Love, and Laughter’, ‘You’re Far Too Near Me’ and ‘Sing Me Not a Ballad’. A critical edition is available.

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Minimal/None

Character Breakdown

BENEVENUTO CELLINI: baritone

ANGELA: soprano

EMILIA: soprano

DUKE: baritone

DUCHESS: mezzo-soprano

OTTAVIANO: baritone

MAGISTRATE, HANGMAN: bass

TARTMAN: tenor

ASCANIO: baritone

MAFFIO, CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: tenor

MARQUIS, PAGE: boy soprano

ENSEMBLE: Arlecchino, Columbina, Beatrice, Pierot, Flomina, Major-domo, Pantalone, Fiorinetta, Gelfomino, clerks, models, apprentices, vendors, courtiers, citizens

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Special conditions apply. Please contact us for further information.

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$250.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$86.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

14% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$225.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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