Book, Music and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant
An Original Musical set in the 6th Century Byzantine Empire
Two-Acts, Musical, Appropriate ages 16+.
Large Cast: 10m, 6f (Expandable Ensemble)
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 mins
When an Ostrogoth "barbarian" commander comes to parlay for peace with the Byzantine court, cultures clash as the old Roman reign faces a new world. Byzantium is a colorful story of politics and love, centering around the Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora as they negotiate a double-marriage alliance with their Gothic enemies, and end up promoting an unlikely love affair.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Artwork by Christopher Michaels
Byzantium was first produced by the Niskayuna Acting Troupe in association with Spotlight Players at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY in August 2006, under the title City of Mosaics.
Orchestral selections were recorded by Juilliard musicians in 2007.
Irene McMahon Foster as Empress Theodora, Jennifer Lefsyk as Ariadne, and Whitney G. McIntosh as Antonina. Photo by Josh Snitkoff
Henry Pedicone as Augismir