Works in Progress – Iphigenia

Iphigenia

A Cautionary Tale

Music by Peter Link

Lyrics by Euripides & Peter Link

From Iphigenia In Aulis by Euripides

Adaptation by Peter Link and A.J. Antoon

 

Script Development:

Brent Nicholson Earle, Joe Papp, Gerald Freedman & Doug Dyer

Translations from the original Greek: Charles R. Walker & Witter Bynner

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.

 

Composer’s Note

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 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

There Is No Wind Today -- Agamemnon

The Omen -- Agamemnon

She Dreams Of The Days To Come -- Messenger

And Now -- 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 -- Iphigenias (1)

She Shines Like The Morning Sun -- Messenger

 

The Line Is Unbroken --  -- Iphigenias

 

Disembarkation -- Tympani & Orchestra

You Were First To Call Me Father -- Agamemnon

Lead Me On -- Iphigenias (1)

 

Oh What Bridal Song --  -- Iphigenias

How Can I Tell My Joy -- Iphigenias

Only Stone -- Agamemnon & Clytemnestra

She Will Die In The Evening Sun -- Messenger

Intermission

And Now The Sun Is Flying -- Messenger

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 (1)

Agamemnon’s EntranceOrchestra

I Was First To Call You Father -- Iphigenia (1)

 

Your Turn Has Come --  -- Agamemnon

Do You Dare -- Messenger

The Debate -- Iphigenias

To Me --  -- Iphigenias

It’s My Time -- Iphigenias (1)

 

Finale -- Company

Crown Us With Truth -- Full Company

Original Cast

at The Public Theater, NYC

 

Ipheginias

Nell Carter

Margaret Dorn

Bonnie Guidry

Trish Hawkins

Marta Heflin

Andrea Marcovicci

Julianne Marshall

Linda Lawley

Patti Lupone

Pamela Pentony

Marion Ramsey

Sharon Redd

Clytemnestra

Madge Sinclaire

Agamemnon

Manu Topou

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