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World Premiere Recording now available!

“Not since Dave Malloy’s NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Cast Recording) have I had the pleasure to experience a score so meaty, unique, and vastly interesting in the genre of musical theatre… The whole recording has a timeless aspect to it and a power coming from the sincerity of sorrow, yearning, love, and triumph.” – David Clarke, Broadway World

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Drama Desk nominations

Some amazing news: the production of Tamar of the River has been nominated for two 2014 Drama Desk Awards! Congratulations to Margo Seibert (Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and Brian Tovar (Outstanding Lighting Design) on your nods. Read the full list of nominees here.


Thank you!

Many thanks to everybody who helped bring to life the beautiful world premiere production of Tamar of the River — the cast, the creative team, the crew,and especially everybody who came out to see it. We hope to have news about the further life of Tamar very soon. Check this space!

More critical praise for Tamar!

“It’s hard to imagine a more ambitious piece of musical drama coming out of indie theatre than Prospect Theater Company’s production of Tamar of the River… The narrative takes on immense power through Michelson’s rich and distinctive score.” — Ron Cohen,

“Billed as ‘music theater,’ we found Prospect Theater Company’s Tamar of the River to fulfill the artistic requirements of an opera.  In case you are unfamiliar with our taste, that is high praise indeed… It isn’t often that we get to hear contemporary music that is so original and listenable.  We urge you to see this work before October 20th at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.” — Meche Kroop, Voce di meche

“Tamar of the River Astounds”… and Marisa and Joshua on the radio

The first review of Tamar of the River to hit the stands is an unqualified rave. It contains some hefty plot spoilers, so don’t click unless you’ve already seen the show, but here’s a sample:

For this piece you need highly trained singers who can move, act and sing gloriously and Tamar succeeds on all levels. A star is born here in the work of Margo Seibert as the young Tamar. After this production you will completely understand why a million dollar musical [Rocky] will bank on this unknown with no prior Broadway experience. This girl could sing the phone book and make you believe it was relevant, important and beautiful. She is touching, real and you never for once believe she is acting, she just is and it is refreshing…

Joshua H. Cohen’s book and lyrics are touching and well thought-out. In a world where morality seems to have vanished and peace a concept hardly practiced, this piece lights the way to discussion. Marisa Michelson’s music and book is haunting and ethereal…

Rarely do you see a piece that is so new and enchanting. This is a must see for musical theatre lovers.

– Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles

Also, Marisa and Joshua did an interview on The Frankie and Mia Show on City World Radio. To listen, from the CWR website, click on the big microphone, then on the folder with the music note, then on The Frankie and Mia Show for 10/1/13.

The press opening is tonight, so expect further updates soon.

Chase Brock joins the creative team!

Broadway World has reported that Chase Brock has joined Tamar of the River as choreographer. Check out the article:

Tamar of the River

Fundraiser has reached goal… and casting announced!

As of August 22nd, our USA Projects fundraiser reached its $12,500 goal! Many thanks to everybody who donated. The site will remain open for donations until September 20, and all funds received will go directly into the production budget.

Full casting has been announced for the show! See the Broadway World article for more details.

Rehearsals start tomorrow! More information as it becomes available.