‘Novecento’ brings jazz to stage

By Diana Ashjian
February 2, 2006

The American premiere of Italy’s “Novecento” is jazzing up The Lantern Theater Company’s stage in Philadelphia from now through Sunday, Feb. 26.

This fable, described as “poignant and powerful” by managing director Karyn Lyman, explores Italian jazz and friendship with the quaintness and rhythm of the 1930s.

Written by Alessandro Baricco and directed by Dugald MacArthur, “Novecento” is a fictional testimony to the life of Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon, who spent his entire life at sea and became the greatest jazz pianist ever.

The story is told using flashbacks by solo performer Frank X, who plays Novecento’s band-mate and best friend, and elaborate spurts of piano and trumpets.

Barrico’s poetic writing style meets Frank X’s professionalism for a theater performance that is noted as “mesmerizing” by artistic director Michael Golding.

The stage is located at 10th and Ludlow streets and ticket prices range from $14 to $28. Show times run on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Special group rates are available and can be purchased online at www.lanterntheater.org or by calling the box office at (215) 829-9002.

Also available at lanterntheater.org are upcoming shows and events for The Lantern Theater Company.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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