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Opera Philadelphia & The Bearded Ladies

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ANDY: A Popera

World Premiere
Music by Heath Allen and Dan Visconti
Directed by John Jarboe
Text by John Jarboe in development with Sean Lally and ensemble
Additional lyrics by Liz Worth
Performed in English without supertitles
Opera in the City

Opera that pops

A musical mélange inspired by the life, fame, and the philosophy of Andy Warhol—ANDY: A Popera is, like its eponymous hero, a fabulous collision of the high and low, the commercial and the artistic, the traditional and the innovative. It is a work that explodes onto the stage–and sparks out into the audience, presenting singing soup cans, Marilyns, and a randy banana on stage with contemporary versions of Warhol Superstars Valerie Solanas, Candy Darling, and Edie Sedgwick. It’s an artistic collision of cabaret and opera exploring what Warhol has become today. What happens when a man becomes a brand?

The party starts next door to the theater at 7:30 p.m. at the eclectic art gallery Bahdeebahdu. Come early for “Campbell’s Soup,” party games, and more!  

This production includes explicit language, sudden loud noises, sexual content, and nudity. It is in English with no supertitles and uses amplification. By attending the show, you are consenting to being filmed and photographed, which may be included as part of the evening’s performance. 

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Map1526 North American Street, Philadelphia

Dates are Sept. 2015.

Thu, Sep 10 8:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 11 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 12 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 13 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 13 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 17 8:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 18 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 19 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 20 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 20 8:00 p.m.

Table seating is BYOB.
Approx. 2 hrs 30 min
Includes a 20 min intermission

ANDY: A Popera is underwritten in part by the William Penn Foundation and Knight Foundation.
ANDY: A Popera has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Co-production with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and part of the 2015 Fringe Festival

Cast & Creative Team

A new generation of pop artists

John Jarboe
John JarboeDirector
Malgorzata Kasprzycka
Malgorzata Kasprzyckaas Julia Warhola
Mary Tuomanen
Mary Tuomanenas Andrei
Kristen Bailey
Kristen Baileyas Edie
Scott McPheeters
Scott McPheetersas Candy
Kate Raines
Kate Rainesas Valerie
Sean Lally
Sean Lally as Joe
Members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus
Members of the Opera Philadelphia Chorusas Andy
  • Heath Allen Music Director
  • Sally Ollove Dramaturg
  • Rebecca Kanach Costume Design
  • Daniel Perelstein Sound Design
  • Oona Curley Set Design
  • Mike Inwood Lighting Design
  • Jorge Cousineau Video Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Alice Yorke Properties Design
  • Rachael Geier Wig Design
Dan Visconti

The Composers

Dan Visconti

Dan Visconti composes concert music infused with the directness of expression and maverick spirit of the American vernacular. His compositions often explore the rough timbres, propulsive rhythms, and improvisational energy characteristic of jazz, bluegrass, and rock. Learn more at danvisconti.com

Heath Allen

Heath Allen is music director and pianist for the Bearded Ladies and has been an active musician, composer, bandleader and theater worker in Philadelphia since 1975. Learn more at heathallen.com

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