A new musical adapted from the play Belinda: An April Folly by A. A. Milne
Music by David Mallamud, Book and Lyrics by Len Schiff
In 1964, Daniel Ellsberg was the most brilliant young architect of the Vietnam War; six years later, he would risk everything to end it. How did this committed cold-warrior become Henry Kissinger’s “most dangerous man in America”? Rooted in the music and energy of the Vietnam Era, Dangerous tells the story of Ellsberg’s journey, through the eyes of his mentor and betrayer, Robert McNamara .
Ricky Todd Adams (Daniel Ellsberg and Ensemble), James Sasser (Robert McNamara and Ensemble), Nikki Switzer (Patricia Marx and Company)
Len Schiff (Book, Lyrics)
Len Schiff is a lyricist/bookwriter and a proud Dramatists Guild Fellow. Recent productions include The Golem of Havana (m: Salomon Lerner, b: Michel Hausmann,) with runs in New York, the Berkshires, Miami and Indianapolis, and Signs of Life (m: Joel Derfner, b: Peter Ullian) with productions in New York, Chicago and Prague. In addition to Dangerous, current projects include Swordspoint, a musical adaptation of Ellen Kushner’s groundbreaking fantasy novel.
DAVID MALLAMUD (Music)
Award-winning composer David Mallamud writes music that transports his listeners to a dazzling Parisian music hall, a species-altering glam metal firestorm, a fantastical beach of Sneetches, or the hidden recesses of Nijinsky’s psyche—all with equally imaginative insight. He has composed for venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Off-Broadway, where his music for the recent production of Flight School: The Musical (currently running in NYC and touring China) was lauded by Laurel Graeber of The New York Times, saying: “The production’s biggest boon, however, may be its score. Here, Mr. Mallamud has written music worthy of bigger stages, variously embracing classical lyricism, pulsing pop, the poignant ballad and at least one all-out, Alice Cooper-style rock rant.”
Recently Mallamud was thrilled to work with Mike Mills (of R.E.M. fame), arranging and composing additional music for his Concerto for Rock Band and Violin, written for violinist Robert McDuffie, who premiered it with Mills and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in June 2016. His CD, The Wild & Whimsical Worlds of David Mallamud on Broadway Records, featuring a cast of wonderful performers from Broadway and beyond accompanied by The Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, won a 2016 Broadway World Album Award for Best New Compilation. Mallamud’s other recent and current credits include music for a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, in collaboration with playwright Philip Dawkins for the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis; performances by the Albany, Harrisburg, and New World Symphonies; and projects with Emmy-nominated lyricist Alisa Hauser, playwright Joshua H. Cohen, and librettist Len Schiff.
A 2016–17 Dramatists Guild Fellow, Mallamud has received many other honors, among them a prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Morton Gould Young Composer Awards from ASCAP, and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and master’s degrees from both Juilliard and NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, and pursued additional graduate studies at Yale with Ned Rorem and Evan Ziporyn. davidmallamud.com