by Martin Brady
The 1984 film version of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus was an overwhelming success, but let’s not forget that it was a blockbuster play first, with historic runs in both London and New York and casts that included remarkable talent such as Paul Scofield, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Jane Seymour, Frank Langella and Peter Firth. You can bet there are many theatergoers in Music City who’ve never seen this modern classic onstage, but Blackbird Theater will try to rectify that situation with a major mounting that aims to capture the brief life, brilliant career and dramatic death of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his envious rival, the composer Salieri.
Shaffer, also the author of Equus, takes liberties with the facts, but his crafty reimagining has taken on a cultural life of its own. Wes Driver directs a company of players that boasts talent and experience throughout, led by Brian Webb Russell, Brent Maddox and Amanda Card. The production kicks off a collaborative March-April series called “Mozart in Music City: The Man, the Music, the Magic,” which will include thematic contributions from Nashville Opera, the Nashville Symphony, Lipscomb University’s Department of Music, and FiftyForward for Seniors.
The play runs through March 23 at Lipscomb's Shamblin Theater, 1 University Dr. Click here for ticket information and show times.