Prospect Theater Company presents a musical that celebrates the dark harmonies of Renaissance composer—and murderer!—Carlo Gesualdo. More…
Carlo Gesualdo was a groundbreaking composer during the late Renaissance. He was also a vicious murderer who killed his wife and her lover. With a score that incorporates themes from Gesualdo's music, this tuner investigates how the composer's creative life and brutal actions intersected. 'Death for Five Voices' blends period style music with contemporary theater storytelling to create a compelling portrait of a troubled artist, living in an era when complex political and religious forces collided and changed our perceptions of the possibility of art.
See it if You appreciate wholly original musicals, or that rarest of shows, a musical based on history. Or if you like Peter Mills's exquisite music.
Don't see it if You want likable characters - they are all either terrible people, or (literally) too stupid to live.
See it if you love great operatic music with a broadway flair, pitch-perfect singing, an ambitious book and terrific actors; like musical drama
Don't see it if you don't like long shows; don't like period pieces; don't like opera-like music
See it if you want to hear a good score, mainly reminiscent of Lucy Simon but borrowing from many places. You like musicals about religion and/or art.
Don't see it if you like musicals about people. Carlo was erratic. Fabrizio was shallow. Older characters are Disney villains. Acting was distractingly weak
See it if you love baroque music. The voices here are wonderful. And the music is rich.
Don't see it if you get bored easily with familiar story lines . . . although there are wonderful aspects of this production, the pieces don't add up.
See it if Beautiful performance in an intimate theater with wonderful score by Peter Mills based on a real historical event.
Don't see it if You are looking for a contemporary musical. The score is rich and classically-inspired.
See it if This show is intriguing and beautifully sung; fascinating story and interesting staging.
Don't see it if If you prefer big splashy musicals, you won't like this.
See it if you don't mind sitting through 2 hours of uninvolving drama to get to the 10 genuinely exciting minutes towards the end of the second act.
Don't see it if there are any other shows you're also interested in seeing.