The New York Post called Amadeus “a total iridescent triumph ... of complexity of thought, emotion and dramatic power." The play premiered on Broadway in 1980 with Ian McKellen as Salieri, Tim Curry as Mozart, and Jane Seymour as Constanze. It ran for more than a thousand performances and was nominated for seven Tony Awards. In 1984 the play was adapted as a motion picture that went on to win eight Oscars, including Best Picture.
The play fictionalizes the historic rivalry between two genius composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. As Salieri watches the young, impish Mozart’s musical brilliance eclipse his own, he grows resentful and vows to shatter the career of his nemesis at any cost. Amadeus asks the question many have asked throughout history: what if Mozart's death was not so natural after all?
On the heels of his success as Satan in last season’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, the role of Salieri will be played by James Recca. Connor Zerilla will be playing the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Constanze Weber, wife of Mozart, will be played by Eden Shelton. The play also stars Patrick Day as Emperor Joseph II, Dale Hoover as Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg, Ken Johnson as Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, Todd Fleck as Count Johann Killian Von Strack, Wil Harbison as Venticello I and Jon Best as Venticello II.
The play is directed by Ken Bryant, who was also the director of last season’s hit show, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Before relocating to Lee County, Ken ran the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center in Key West, was stage manager with Miami City Ballet, and even staged an opera in Poland.
Amadeus premiers at 8 p.m. on September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28. Tickets are between $12 and $22. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online at laboratorytheaterflorida.com (Season tickets are also available on the website.) The opening of the fifth season will be celebrated at the opening. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. on September 13.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks and features and challenges local performers of various skill levels. Stay up to date with its news and events on Facebook and Twitter @LabTheaterFL. For more information, please call 239-218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, 33901.