“In an evening of unending joys and marvel, the particular joy of this production was its exuberant, impudent sense of play; its smart invention and imagination; the breathtaking skill and talent to pull it off…” (Berkshire Eagle)



New Production

Tanglewood Music Festival, August 2018

Presented by The Knights

Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Eric Jacobsen

Choreographer: John Heginbotham

Production Design: Aaron Copp

Costume Design: Amanda Seymour

Hair and Makeup: Tommy Kurzman

Photo Credit: Christopher Duggan


Leonard Bernstein’s delicious operetta takes us around the world in under three hours, following our hero’s picaresque adventures and vast changes of fortune as he encounters a dazzling array of characters (and caricatures).

But how to evoke all this on the concert stage?  

Maestro Eric Jacobsen and I have re-imagined Bernstein’s baroque romp as a clown-car of a production - a compact package consisting of a one ring circus tent, a single trunk containing props, and a lean ensemble of 13 singers and dancers. In this production, Voltaire’s “best of all possible world’s” becomes “the greatest show on Earth,” and a modern circus provides a new context in which to explore the humor in violence, the hope in tragedy, our fantasies and our fears.

- akm

“Under the stage direction of Alison Moritz, music direction and conducting of The Knights' co-artistic director, Eric Jacobsen, and John Heginbotham's choreography, Bernstein's problem-child seemed more like a wunderkind.” (Berkshire Eagle)

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