Andy: A Popera
A new work-in-development by The Bearded Ladies, in partnership with Opera Philadelphia
The Bearded Ladies, Philadelphia’s experimental cabaret troupe, embark upon a new adventure, in partnership with Opera Philadelphia: ANDY: A Popera. Inspired by the life, fame, and philosophy of Andy Warhol, this cabaret/opera hybrid will feature original music by Dan Visconti and Heath Allen, and a cast of Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies regulars. Through the lens of Andy’s life and art, they’ll ask the provocative question, “Is immortality worth dying for?”
Embracing the idea of pop in all its forms, the project is being developed in three stages. Stage 1 debuted in May 2014 as a series of short pop-up performances throughout the city and kicked off with a performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For Stage 2 in July 2014, The Bearded Ladies returned to The Wilma Theater and presented an hour-long cabaret version of the piece. The third and final stage will be the Popera, scheduled for a World Premiere in September 2015.
Stay tuned for more details as this exciting process unfolds!
Schedule of Events (Stages 1 and 2)
Friday, May 2, 2014 | Philadelphia Museum of Art
Singers presented an evening devoted to the life and legacy of Andy Warhol using human-size pop-up books, operatic performances, and a rock band.
May 2014 | Surprise locations throughout the city
Five-minute popup performances took over Philadelphia in non-traditional spaces like grocery stores and on street corners.
July 16-27, 2014 | The Wilma Theater
The pop-ups from the first stage of development transformed into a staged cabaret piece. Each performance was conducted as an experiment, allowing for changes from one performance to the next based on audience reactions and feedback.
The development of ANDY: A Popera has been generously supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.