THE BLACK COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, an original musical by Michele R. Hampton, directed by Cate Cammarata, with musical direction by Seth Weinstein, is scheduled for limited release from late September at Off-Broadway’s Theater Row (410 West 42nd St. NY).
The story is an epic revenge centered on Edmond Dantes, a young black sailor imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Dumas ‘father, a Haitian immigrant to France, was Dumas’ inspiration for the novel, as well as the inspiration for the author of the musical.
“I wanted to make that connection with the audience,” says Hampton, “so I wrote Dumas and his father in the screenplay, and described them both as the colored men they were in life,” adding that “French law of the nineteenth century was clearly discriminatory and racist attitudes prevailed. As its source, the general theme of BLACK COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO is injustice – a theme “with which Dumas was only too familiar,” notes Hampton, “and which makes this story as relevant today as it was when it was written “.
Set in the mid-1800s, the cast reflects the cultural diversity of the French population at the time. The title role will be played by Dylan Bivings, (Off-Broadway: Wicked City Blues, Frankenstein), with Cristina Maria Castro (Howie D: Back in the Day with Backstreet Boy, Howie D) as Mercédès, Daniel Hayward ( Off-Broadway: Love Actually?) As Danglers, George Xavier (Assassins, East West Players) as Mondego, Emily Samuelson (Off-Broadway: Cinderella, Anne Frank: A Musical) as Valentine, Andrew J Beck (Off-Broadway: Our Lady Of Queens) as Caderousse, Eileen Hanley (Off-Broadway: Pinkalicious) as Mme. Caderousse, Dylan Goike (Off-Broadway: Anne Frank: A Musical) as Maximilian, Janni Gialli (Off Broadway: A Child Is Born, Esther The Musical) as Abbe Faria, Justin T. Lowrey (Heathers The Musical, OhLook Performing Arts Center) as Albert, Jack Douglas (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Phoenix Stage Company) as De Villefort, Samantha Tullie (Off Broadway: Next To Normal) as Heloise and actor / model Joshua Iverson (TV: The Cosmics), making his film debut as Alexandre Dumas.
The production includes orchestrations by Rodrigo I. Sierra and period costumes by award-winning designer Debbi Hobson (Off-Broadway: A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Battles of Richmond Hill, Liberty! A Monumental New Musical). Sound design by Kimberly O’Loughlin (Off-Broadway: Unexpected Joy, Where Do We Live), set design by Alex Jourdan (The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtain Call Theater) and lighting by designer Greg Solomon (Broadway: Once On This Island, the Lightning Thief).
The production’s director and playwright, Cate Cammarata, is also a producer and founder of CreateTheater. His Off-Broadway credits include The Assignment and My Father’s Daughter. Regional theater credits include My Life Is A Musical (Bay Street Theater), Bran Castle (Porchlight Theater), and Crude (Cape Cod Theater Company).
Music Director Seth Weinstein is the composer of the off-Broadway musical How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes and The Magic Fishbone. As Music Director, he has toured internationally with The Phantom of the Opera by Fosse and Jacobs and nationally with Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. His Off-Broadway credits include Ben, Virginia & Me, among others.
Songwriter Michele Hampton is a classically trained lyrical soprano and has performed at New York City Hall (a K. Gardella production), Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and in Argentina. In 2018, she co-created the Internet musical HAPPY LANDINGS, produced and published by New Musicals, Inc. In
2020, her first full-length musical, MONTE CRISTO’S BLACK ACCOUNT, has been selected to appear at the Broadway Bound Theater Festival.
The performance dates are September 29 at 5:00 p.m., September 30 at 8:00 p.m. and October 1 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $ 25 at https://bfany.org/theatre-row/shows/black-count-of-monte-cristo/. The press is invited to all performances. To reserve, please email: [email protected]
Upcoming shows: Richmond, VA, November 5-7.
For tickets, go to http://www.capitoloperarichmond.com/
For more information, please visit: www.theblackcountmusical.com