|STREAMING MUSICALS PRESENTS|
THE GOLDEN CAGE
Elaborate Live Stage Video Recording of the Award-Winning New Musical Begins with FREE PREMIERE April 27 to May 1 at GoldenCageMusical.com with continued On-Demand Streaming
Book, Music and Lyrics by Grammy-Nominated Composer
Directed by R. Lee Kratzer
Music Direction by Nevada Lozano
Starring Christopher Isolano and Maddie Allen
April 27-May 1, 2023
May 2, 2023 – Onward
Tickets are $19.99 for purchase; 4.99 for a 72 hour rental
|“A musical and lyrical masterpiece …”|
Tony-Award Nominee Paul Gordon
“An inspirational musical-comedy for those of us who can get trapped in our minds.”
New York, NY – April 3, 2023 – Streaming Musicals, the online stage production platform, has announced their unveiling of the award-winning new musical The Golden Cage, beginning April 27, 2023 with a free streaming premiere through May 1 at GoldenCageMusical.com. The elaborate live stage video recording will continue streaming on-demand after May 1, with tickets available for $19.99 for purchase and 4.99 for a 72 hour rental. With book, music, and lyrics by Grammy-nominated composer Deborah Henson-Conant, The Golden Cage is directed by R. Lee Kratzer with a cast of two, including Christopher Isolano and Maddie Allen.
An award-winning musical about a glorious, mythical cage that’s irresistible from the outside, and inescapable from the inside, The Golden Cage tells the story of two creatures who meet on either side of its bars. Boris, half-man and half-bird, is stranded on the outside after a lifetime searching for the cage. Alphea, trapped on the inside, is a melodramatic diva, who longs for freedom, yet fears the outside and can’t remember how she got trapped inside. Lyrical musical theater meets operetta meets song-cycle, the poignant new musical comedy reflects the cages in which we trap ourselves and the only way we can emerge: through connection to each other.
Its universal subject matter, sophisticated music and whimsical characters make The Golden Cage a show for multi-generational audiences to see together. It offers a common language to talk about the trap of isolation, the polarized reality of being an ‘insider’ or an ‘outsider’ — and the discovery that it’s only through human connection that we can break through to our common humanity and the glorious truth of who we most deeply are.
“Imagine chasing something your whole life only to find out it’s someone else’s hell,” said playwright and composer Deborah Henson-Conant. “The Golden Cage is about self-created traps of isolation and blind achievement, and the power of human connection to set us free.”
Available to be licensed for live performances, The Golden Cage is what’s often called a “producer’s dream,” with its small orchestra, single set, and two-person cast that’s open to any gender, age, race or body type.
Visit GoldenCageMusical.com for tickets and additional information.
The Golden Cage’s collaboration with Streaming Musicals follows an awarding-winning soundstage production filmed in front of live audiences at the CreateTheater New Works Festival at NYC’s Theatre Row in 2022, where the production won awards for Best Actor, Best Musical Score and Most Innovative Production.
The Golden Cage is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Streaming Musicals is dedicated to creating, capturing and presenting new, original musical theatre content, working with artists in bringing the magic of theatre to international audiences. As we did with our Award Winning capture of Estella Scrooge, Pride and Prejudice and the feature film, 1660 Vine, we continue to focus on storytelling, character, and music and we do it because we love theatre and want to build a bigger outlet for people who love theatre.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Deborah Henson-Conant (book, music, and lyrics) is a Grammy-Nominated composer and performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical. Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album. She’s performed and premiered her works internationally with orchestras and venues including Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Kennedy Center, Boston’s Lyric Stage and Central Square Theater. Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her, the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp. The Golden Cage is a parable based on her own life in which powerful creative ambition was in constant conflict with an almost obsessive desire to hide. Visit hipharp.com.
R. Lee Kratzer (director) is a New York-based director of theatre and opera. She works across and through mediums to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. She is the resident stage director at Helios Opera and a visiting guest director at various colleges and universities. R. Lee served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project and produced and directed opera in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. She has directed at Opera Saratoga, Emerson Stage, NEMPAC Opera Project, Opera del West, Fordham University, The Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Upcoming engagements include a Young Artist Position with The Glimmerglass Festival, Bright Star at Montclair State, and projects with LIU Roc Nation and Longy School of Music. Rebecca has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, The New York Times, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, The Bushwick Starr, and The Tank. MFA Columbia. MFA Columbia. Visit www.miller-rebecca.com.
Music Director: Nevada Lozano; Orchestrator: Tim Maurice; Scenic Designer: Tyler R. Herald; Costume Designer: Evan Pritzant; Lighting Designer: Michael Cole; Production Designers: Peter Leibold and Paul Deziel; Props Master: Daniel Brothers; Props Assistant: Brittany Daggett-Duffy; Sound Engineer: Colin Taber; Casting Director: Cindi Rush; Public Relations: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
Christopher Isolano (Boris) made his off-Broadway debut as Boris in The Golden Cage. He recently gained notice in The NY Times for originating the role of the “Anxiety Monster” in the new children’s musical, Petunia’s Big Day! – which streamed from the New Ohio Theatre on Eventive! Originally from Long Island, he’s a graduate of Pace University’s Musical Theater program and has performed regionally with Theatre Aspen, The Hangar, The Gateway and in NYC with Barrington Stage Co., IRT Theater and at Lincoln Center. Chris can also be found hosting concerts and managing the newly opened off-Broadway Theater 555 on 42nd St. @Chris-Isolano on Instagram
Maddie Allen (Alphea) made her Off-Broadway Debut as Alphea in The Golden Cage at the first CreateTheater New Works Fest at Theatre Row in April 2022. Maddie trained at The Globe Theatre in London and recently appeared in Broadway Holiday! at ‘The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice’. Originally from California, she’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program. Learn more about Maddie and her creative adventures at MaddieAllen.com.