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Death for Five Voices

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Original

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (12)


Ambitious, Absorbing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Original
Avg Score

Great production values, At times the songs and delivery seemed too modern, Some very good performances, Story is depressing

See it if you love the Renaissance.

Don't see it if violence on stage bothers you.

Ambitious, Original, Romantic, Epic, Entertaining

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.

Ambitious, Great music, Masterful, Original, Absorbing

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

Ambitious, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You liked "Passion"

Don't see it if You don't like classical music.

Good score, Lacking heart, Weak performers, Problematic female characters, Disappointing

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

Disappointing, Gorgeous music, Trite script, Uneven acting, Beautiful voices

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like great singing

Don't see it if you hate small theater productions

Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Intelligent

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.

Ambitious, Original, Absorbing, Intelligent, Romantic

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like really good music.

Don't see it if you don't like already existing plot lines

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Ingrossing

Don't see it if Intreging

During previews
Inconsistent, Uninvolving, Imprecise, Ambitious, Tense

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.

April 3rd, 2016
"It took nerve to write the new musical...But 'Death for Five Voices' is not one of their more successful efforts...Unfortunately, 'Death for Five Voices' has little feel for the period or the personalities. The vocabulary and the psychology are contemporary, the characterizations and plotting sh...
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April 10th, 2016
"Magnetically complex...It's a fascinating blend of music theory and character development...The ensemble members sound beautiful singing choral pieces...While the lyrical cleverness Mills has displayed in past musicals is inappropriate here, his contrast of the way Gesualdo musically expresses h...
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April 11th, 2016
"We haven't had a real, honest-to-God floperetta in decades, but here comes 'Death for Five Voices,' which manages to be simultaneously stiff and overwrought: The narrative is filled with forbidden passions, acts of violence, and cynical maneuvers by the Catholic Church, and still it manages to b...
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April 3rd, 2016
"Mills's most stirring, shocking, and boundary-pushing compositions...One can't help but wish that all of 'Five Voices' was at this level. But, too often, the narrative strength of the score is not supported by the libretto...This is a musical that is at war with itself. But considering that the ...
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