A sparkling romantic musical, GLIMPSES OF THE MOON, follows the jazzy whirl of New York society in 1922. Popular but penniless, Suzy Branch and her friend Nick Lansing devise the ultimate fundraising scheme — to marry and live off the wedding presents, while they help one another look for suitable millionaires. The plan works perfectly — until they fall in love.
MetroStage is a production company committed to presenting challenging contemporary American plays and the development of new musicals. Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin opened her season with the world premiere of GLIMPSES OF THE MOON with Book and Lyrics by Tajlei Levis and Music by John Mercurio.
Their newest work featured Natascia Diaz (Helen Hayes Award for ROOMS), Stephen Schmidt (Helen Hayes Award for URINETOWN), Gia Mora (Helen Hayes nomination for COOL PAPA’S PARTY), Lauren “Coco” Cohn (The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde 2 and Desperate Housewives), Matthew Anderson and Sam Ludwig.
Members of Alliance for New Music-Theatre led a theatre party to see GLIMPSES OF THE MOON and then discuss this work, based on an adaptation of the novel by Edith Wharton.
We invite those who have seen the production in our conversation below:
- What did the creators of the musical want us to make of the yearlong wedding “deal” of Suzy and Nick? Were we meant to see them as equal or unequal in culpability and conflict?
- And for those who have read the book, why might the creators of the musical have made different choices and changed the story of Suzy and Nick?
- What did you take away musically from this piece that captured the age and enriched the story of Suzy and Nick?