A Cautionary Tale
by Peter Link
Based on the Works of Euripides
Iphigenia – A Cautionary Tale is a 21st Century musical approach to the time-honored Euripidean Classic, Iphigenia In Aulis.
“The Wedding Of Iphigenia and Iphigenia In Concert first opened in 1971 at NYC’s Public Theater and was produced by Joseph Papp. It also opened in London that same summer at the Young Vic. Both productions were most successful and garnered positive reviews. It ran at the Public Theater for nearly a year and was so successful that Joe Papp decided to move it to Broadway. He closed the show at the Public and then hired a series of book writers to “improve” the book of the show. Frustrated by each writer’s inability to give him what he wanted, he postponed the Broadway opening and never got back to it.
It is a work that composer, Peter Link, has always deeply believed in. Now older and wiser, he reworked the musical’s book along with director, AJ Antoon and is now in the studio upgrading the music.
Iphigenia is a spectacular tragedy. As all classic stories, it speaks to today in most fascinating and timeless terms.
The central role of Iphigenia is played by twelve women – each reflecting a different aspect of the character. Additional leading roles are King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra as well as The Messenger, who plays the role of the Greek Chorus. This bold switch of classic fundamentals is what made the original work at the Public Theater such an audience and critical favorite.
Iphigenia was first done at the Public Theater in the 1970s in NYC as a rock opera. It is now being presented as a musical and the music and orchestrations are in the process of being upgraded with today’s technology and a more 21st century stylistic approach.
Below is a running order of the songs from the show. So that one may get a taste of the music, we have included some of the recordings made in the 70s in an ABC Records Cast Album plus several “home demos” made by Peter Link. The Titles In Blue are these recordings. The Titles in Red are 2020 updates and additions with 21st century orchestrations and production. The songs with Titles In Black are written, but as yet, have not been recorded. You will note many lyric differences between the script and the recordings. The script changes always reflect up-to-date and correct lyrics.
Order Of Songs
The Overture -- Orchestra
Ride On To Highest Destiny -- Company
She Will Dance To The Setting Sun -- Messenger (2020 update)
There Is No Wind Today -- Agamemnon, Messenger, Artemis (2020 update)
She Dreams Of The Days To Come -- Messenger (2020 update)
I Dream -- Iphigenias
The Women In Me -- Iphigenias
Morning Melody – Wind Song -- Iphigenias
What Has Your Tongue To Tell -- Iphigenias
There’s Gonna Be A Wedding Day -- Clytemnestra
Who Is The Lucky Man -- Iphigenias
Lady A Ship Is Here -- Messenger
Gate Tender -- Iphigenias & Clytemnestra
On A Ship With 50 Oars -- Iphigenias
Life Rolls On -- Iphigenia (1) (2020 update)
She Shines Like The Morning Sun -- Messenger (2020 update)
The Line Is Unbroken -- Iphigenias
Disembarkation -- Tympani & Orchestra
You Were First To Call Me Father -- Agamemnon (2020 update)
Lead Me On -- Iphigenias
Oh What Bridal Song -- Iphigenias
How Can I Tell My Joy -- Iphigenias
Only Stone -- Agamemnon & Clytemnestra (2020 update)
She Will Die In The Evening Sun -- Messenger (2020 update)
And Now The Sun Is Flying -- Messenger
She Doesn't Know -- Messenger (2020 update)
Unhappiness Remembering Happiness -- Iphigenias
Entrance Of Clytemnestra -- Orchestra
What Has Your Tongue To Tell -- Iphigenias
And You Iphigenia -- Clytemnestra
They Sing My Marriage Song At Home -- Iphigenias
Agamemnon’s Entrance Orchestra
I Was First To Call You Father -- Iphigenia (1)
Your Turn Has Come -- Agamemnon (2020 update)
Do You Dare -- Messenger (2020 update)
The Debate -- Iphigenias
To Me -- Iphigenias
It’s My Time -- Iphigenias (1)
Finale -- Company
Crown Us With Truth -- Full Company
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