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This Puss’s Boots were made for more than walkin’….

This Puss’s Boots were made for more than walkin’….

El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) by Xavier Montsalvatge

U.S. Premiere

A co-production with Tectonic Theater Project
Presented by The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, New York City
Directed by Tony and Emmy nominated director Moisés Kaufman
Conducted by Gotham Chamber Opera Artistic Director Neal Goren.
Featuring innovative puppetry by London’s celebrated Blind Summit Theatre.
Puppetry Director Mark Down, Puppet Design Nick Barnes, Set Design Andromache Chalfant,
Costume Designt Clint Ramos, Lighting Design David Lander Cat: Ginger Costa-Jackson/Karin Mushegain/Leah Wool
Princess: Valerie Ogbonnaya/Nadine Sierra
Miller: Steven LaBrie/Craig Verm
King: Peter Castaldi/Kyle Pfortmiller
Ogre: Kevin Burdette/David Salsbery Fry
Puppeteers: Stefano Brancato, Joe Gallina, Jonothon Lyons,
Marta Mozelle MacRostie, James Ortiz, Aaron Schroeder, Jessica Scott, Teddy Yudain

gato-con-botasThe reviews are in and the newest star on Broadway is a singing, dancing cat, and Andrew Lloyd Webber has nothing to do with it.

The feline in question is fairy-tale favorite Puss in Boots, or “El Gato con Botas,” as he’s called in the 1947 opera by Spanish Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge. Striding the stage of The New Victory Theater in a production by Gotham Chamber Orchestra and Tectonic Theater Project, this one-acter can be summed up in a single word: purr-fect.” – James Jorden, New York Post, October 4, 2010.

“The story’s imaginative elements were charmingly illustrated in a whimsical staging of “El Gato Con Botas” (“Puss in Boots”)… The puppets, operated by black-clad puppeteers, worked brilliantly. The cat strutted, slunk and cavorted, evolving from a mere house cat to a regal puss in boots. His transformation took place behind a screen through which his silhouetted figure could be seen being groomed and coiffed.” – Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, October 4, 2010.

“Brilliant puppetry elevates the charming if modest opera “Puss in Boots” into dazzling theatricality in this joint production of Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theater Project. The score by Xavier Montsalvatge, the Spanish Catalan composer who died in 2002 at age 90, gives the children’s tale a neoclassic setting with pleasantly melodic passages and hints of Spanish rhythms. There’s also impressive ensemble vocal writing towards the ending. But it’s the puppetry, created by London’s Blind Summit Theatre, which takes the breath away… Kaufman’s direction imbues the production with an infectious mood of childhood wonder, reflected in Andromache Chalfant’s whimsical set designs, David Lander’s lighting, and Clint Ramos’s costumes. And ogre-size kudos go to puppetry director Mark Down and puppetry designer Nick Barnes.” – Ron Cohen, Back Stage, October 4, 2010.

For complete casting, or for more information, visit www.gothamchamberopera.org or call 212-868-4460.

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