Behind the Scenes
Inspired by the era synonymous with speakeasies, smoky cabarets, and women winning the right to vote, Prohibition will transport you back to the 1920s with a night soaked in decadence and intrigue. Prepare for New York, Paris, Berlin, Havana, and Hollywood, as our ingénue, cabaret star, and dashing young man take you on a journey through the music of Raymond Scott, Irving Berlin, Frederick Hollander, Kurt Weill, and many more iconic songwriters.
Creative Producer Robert Thompson spent weeks on end listening to music from the Prohibition era and sharing the recordings, sometimes grainy and faint after being transferred from vinyl, with the co-production team. The even more difficult task then began of choosing only twenty-six songs from scores of jazz-infused songs and intimate melodies about romance, the hardship of the economic downturn, and the general joviality of the night club scene. Once his set list was in order and the songs grouped to depict major cities (including New York City, Paris, Berlin, and Hollywood), Grammy-winning arranger Jeff Tyzik orchestrated the twenty-six songs while Schirmer Theatrical worked with video editor Adam Grannick to create animated backdrops for each song, evoking scenic illustrations for the loose narrative. The final piece of the puzzle came together when Thompson then wrote a script in the style of a 1920s silent film, a script bookended by the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 (when women won the right to vote), and the ratification of the 21st amendment in 1933 (when Prohibition was ended at the national level). The script was inserted as a series of captions amongst the video backdrops to weave a subtle but continuous narrative describing each new destination and our characters’ evolving story.
Following a casting call in the spring of 2019, rehearsals with our primary cast of three vocal soloists were held at Pearl Studios in NYC to practice period-evocative blocking for our three characters: the dashing young man, the ingénue, and the cabaret star. Less than a week later, full lighting, floor-length gowns, and sequined jackets were added for the premiere performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik in Kodak Hall. From concert stages across North America, Prohibition has been catching the eye of audiences wistful for a taste of the 1920s and ’30s ever since.
By Raymond Scott
- My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
Music by Jack Golden, Lyrics by Ted Koehler and Eddie Pola
- Put a Tax on Love
Music by Gilbert Wolfe and Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin
- What’ll I Do
By Irving Berlin
Music by Vincent Youmans, Lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey
- Dizzy Fingers
By Edward Elzear “Zez” Confrey
- La Vie en Rose
Music by Louis Guglielmi, Lyrics by Edith Piaf
- De Temps en Temps
By André Hornez and Paul Misraki
- La Conga Blicoti
Music by Jen Charles, André Giot de Badet, and Armando Bega Orefiche
- Twilight in Turkey
By Raymond Scott
By Frederick Hollander
- Alabama Song (from The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny)
Music by Kurt Weill, Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
- Mack the Knife (from The Threepenny Opera)
Music by Kurt Weill, Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
- Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
Music by Sholom Secunda, Lyrics by Jacob Jacobs; English version by Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn
- Black Bottom Stomp
By Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll” Morton
- Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown
Music by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon
- St. Louis Blues
By William Christopher Handy
- Sweet Georgia Brown
Music by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard, Lyrics by Kenneth Casey
- At an Arabian House Party
By Raymond Scott
- Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Music by Jay Gorney, Lyrics by Edgar Yipsel Harburg
- We’re In the Money
Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin
- Dream a Little Dream of Me
Music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt, Lyrics by Gus Kahn
- Midnight, the Stars and You
By James Campbell, Reginald Connelly and Harry M. Woods
- On the Sunny Side of the Street
Music by Jimmy McHugh, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
- Shout for Happiness
Music by John Hart and Tom Blight
- Puttin’ on the Ritz
By Irving Berlin
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Prohibition is a co-production of Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists, part of their joint Symphonic Experience catalogue.
Sarah Uriarte Berry
Sarah Uriarte Berry recently received rave reviews for her portrayal of ‘Charlotte’ in the critically acclaimed production of A Little Night Music at the 2023 Tony Award-Winning Pasadena Playhouse. Dallas audiences may remember her appearance with Disney Princess-The Concert, in 2022! Ms. Berry starred as ‘Belle’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway: first at the Palace Theater, and 11 years later, paired with Donny Osmond at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. She starred as ‘Cinderella’ in Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for New York City Opera alongside Eartha Kitt and was the first ‘Belle’ to ever grace the stages at Disneyland. Berry made her Broadway Debut as ‘Eponine’ in Les Misérables after graduating from UCLA, later reprising her role for the 10th Anniversary Production. Ms. Berry won critical acclaim as ‘Franca’ in the Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater receiving Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and is on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. Other Broadway credits include: ‘Nicola’ in Taboo (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Next to Normal, and End of the Rainbow. New York, Tours, and Regional credits include: Bernstein’s Mass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Marin Aslop (Cast Recording), and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Cast Recording); City Center Encores! The Boys From Syracuse and Tenderloin (Cast Recordings); ‘Julie’ in Carousel (Royal National Theater United States Tour); Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl, starring alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jonathan Groff, and Vanessa Williams; A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center); The Full Mony (Pittsburgh CLO), Showboat (Godspeed Musicals), Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music (AMT), My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! (San Jose), Fiddler on the Roof (Sacramento Music Circus), West Side Story and White Christmas (MUNY), Jekyll & Hyde (Casa Mañana), Almost Heaven (Denver Center Theater), Oklahoma! (Music Circus), and Grease! Film and Television Credits include: Frontera (with Michael Peña, Eva Longoria and Ed Harris), Pretty Bird (with Billy Crudup), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Live from Lincoln Center, The Tony Awards, The Late Show with David Letterman, and ‘Saint Jellorica’ in the infamous Cats episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!
Sarah has headlined with symphonies across the United States, including performances of her one-woman show, For The Love of Judy, and has graced cabaret stages with her new show, Porch Song Trilogy. Sarah is Spanish-Basque, happily married, and the mother of three crazy kids.
Her intriguing personality and captivating artistry are as diverse as her origins. Living between New York City and Hamburg, born and raised in Paris, with roots in Madagascar and Martinique, Myra Maud is a citizen of the world. As a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer, Maud started her career in Paris where she studied piano, saxophone, and dance at the Conservatory. Like many singers, Maud developed her singing and musical craft in church.
After several shows as a singer and Master of Ceremonies in Disneyland Paris in the late ‘90s, Maud was invited to travel the world as a soloist with the Claude Bolling Jazz Big Band and the Orchestre National Symphonique De France. Since then, Maud has shared the stage with superstars such as Mireille Matthieu, Johnny Hallyday, Céline Dion, and Enrique Iglesias. She also performed in the presence of Quincy Jones, in Davos, with her own choir, le Gospel Sans Frontières. In 2001 Maud left Paris to play the lead role of Nala in The Lion King musical in Hamburg. Then in 2006, she played the great Josephine Baker in the French film, Les Enfants Du Pays, starring Michel Serrault.
In 2010 Maud’s album Afri-Frans, a compilation of traditional South African folk songs performed in French, went platinum, with its sequel album reaching gold status. Her international acclaim grew tremendously in 2011 when she was invited to be the lead singer of the Opening Ceremony for the FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, an event with more than 130,000 spectators. Maud was invited to headline the Eleuthera Jazz Festival in 2015, 2017, and 2018. From 2016 to 2019 she also starred in a series of tribute performances honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Whitney Houston, accompanied by the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to her success as a performer, Maud is a highly sought after vocal coach and workshop facilitator. She continues to take the performance world by storm!
Hailed as “every inch the hero in stature and voice” (Classical Voice North America), award-winning American tenor, John Riesen, is consistently impressing audiences with his “impassioned…and vibrant” voice (Opera Today). John’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels and includes significant work in opera, musical theatre and concert. He has also released many studio recordings that have reached over 3.5 million streams, collectively, on Spotify. Some of John’s iconic roles on stage have been: Tony in West Side Story, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Candide in Candide, Frederic in the Pirates of Penzance, The Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, and so many more.
One of John’s more popular claims to fame was seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent this past year as part of the Finalist group Metaphysic, singing “Nessun Dorma” as the voice of Howie Mandel. This performance was hailed as, “The best act of the series” by Simon Cowell.
He has also been selected to sing events for political figures and honors, including President Barack Obama, President Jimmy Carter, The Congressional Medal of Honor and for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Eric Metzgar is an in-demand drummer and versatile collaborator who offers his musicianship to various jazz/pop artists and symphony orchestras worldwide. He has had the opportunity to play with numerous first-rate performers including Jeff Tyzik, Sutton Foster, Joe Locke, Jimmy Greene, Shayna Steele, Byron Stripling, and Delfeayo Marsalis.
Metzgar is a passionate educator deeply invested in music teaching and learning. Each summer, he teaches at the Cape Ann Jazz Workshop under the direction of saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. He maintains a private studio and serves as a clinician at grade schools and universities.
Metzgar holds a BM in Drum Set Performance and an MM in Music Teaching and Learning from the Eastman School of Music. He lives in New York City and tours frequently around the world.
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Schirmer Theatrical is a concert production company specializing in the creation of symphonic experiences, film with live orchestra concerts, and theatrical productions.
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“A Bootlegger’s delight!”– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Instrumental challenges included “Powerhouse” and two other pieces by the wondrous Raymond Scott; Jelly Roll Morton’s “Black Bottom Stomp”; and Tyzik’s clever arrangement of the piano novelty “Dizzy Fingers,” which called on the strings to play the pyrotechnics.”– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Madison Claire Parks, Bronson Norris Murphy and Myra Maud played the roles of ingénue, dapper young man and cabaret star in the modest story line threaded through the evening’s music. Murphy nailed the period crooner style, sounding much of the time like he was singing through a tube radio. As the cabaret star, Maud, born in Paris herself, invested “La Vie en Rose” and a solo version of “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” with big personality as well as a commanding voice.”– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel