Book, Music & Lyrics by
T. E. Breitenbach
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recent production for public television
is a colorful, romantic fantasy about the medieval artist, Hieronymus
Bosch (painter of the Garden of Earthly Delights)
— When Hieronymus Bosch begins courting Anna, the daughter of a wealthy art patron, he finds
himself in a difficult position. It seems there are a great many odd
creatures living in his house, a result of his over-active imagination.
This fact he attempts to hide from Anna and the public. Anna soon
discovers the creatures, though she is instantly won over by the cute
Sophie, and the funny pair of Otto and Gregor.
However, Erasmus, a jealous admirer
of Anna, also learns of the creatures and attempts to have Hieronymus
arrested by Church authorities for the practice of black magic (a serious
matter in these times).
Though Anna is brave at first about
the creatures, she is also concerned about having a normal and wholesome
home in which to raise a future family. She attempts to change Hieronymus’
ways, an improbable wish, and she is left to do some serious
imagination seems to lead him deeper and deeper into trouble, he abandons
it for a time, even denying the existence of his beloved creatures.
Near the end, the desperate Erasmus
kidnaps Sophie, and it is Anna who rises to the occasion, pleading with
Hieronymus to use his imagination again in order to save her. Awakened
from his doldrums, Hieronymus (in a frightening scene) brings to life
every object and creature in his house to help rescue Sophie.
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Click here to view a perusal script.
E. Breitenbach, the creator of
"Hieronymus", is himself a painter of fantasy, well known for
his masterwork "Proverbidioms", and as such he lends his own
personal angst to the show—the feeling that most everyone doesn’t
really get it, even those closest to you. The passion, the joy, the
pain—the creation and reality of such.
has all of the emotional highs and lows that we so enjoy in a musical.
The love story is warm and uplifting, the villain is hellishly evil, the
melodies are lush and singable, and the dances splendid and exciting. The comedy and the fabulous creatures
This show is about
imagination, and, whether staged simply or extravagantly, it offers
directors great creative opportunities.
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
was thoroughly entertained"
"I found it affirming and inspiring."
"The kids were all giggling. It's a perfect family show."
"The humor was brilliant! I didn't want it to end."
been to a lot of school musicals, but this is the best I've ever
"Outstanding play and music! Look out Broadway!"
8 women, 7 men, 12 of either, plus
2 hours, 10 minutes plus intermission
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