A return to Princeton University Concerts!

In 2017, Michael collaborated with world renowned percussionist Colin Currie to present Rolf Wall’s Realismos Magicos for Princeton University.

In 2018 and 2019 Michael will return to PUC but this time direct the entire “Performance Up Close series” with scenic and light design by Wesley Cornwell.

This will be chamber music paired with text and an immersive and unique theatrical experience. Do not miss!

DATES:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SCHUBERT CELLO QUINTET: Takács String Quartet with David Requiro, Cello

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

SCHUBERT OCTET FOR WINDS & STRINGS: Brentano String Quartet & Friends

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

MESSIAEN QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME: Stefan Jackiw, Violin; Jay Campbell, Cello; Yoonah Kim, Clarinet; Conrad Tao, Piano

 
http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts#performances-up-close

“Forum” Opens to RAVE Reviews!”

John Timpane, Staff Writer (June 12th, 2018)

“There are two keys to a good production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Key 1: a good Pseudolus, wily slave and emcee, master clown, fine vocalist, fourth-wall-busting happy destroyer, and gifted pratfaller. Key 2: three crazy, talented Proteans.

… [Michael Dean Morgan’s Forum] jingles these keys in its toga. The production makes of a small budget a big virtue … This stripped-down, back-to-the-roots rendition is simultaneously slapdash, as it must be, and tight. Eleven well-cast actors, most of whom can really sing, keep the warhorse in a lather. Forum is often a big production, all flashing swords, swirling togas, and elaborate sets, as in the great version at the Walnut Street Theatre last fall. Here it’s three doors, three windows above, and a bench that gets moved around for greatest chaos. Director Michael Dean Morgan and set designer Wesley Cornwell thus focus us on things done, sung, and said.”

Read the full review here!

http://www.philly.com/archive/john_timpane/princeton-festival-presents-a-wild-tuneful-stripped-down-forum-20180612.html

“Michael Dean Morgan and the entire cast and crew deserve our praise and thanks for an evening we will not forget… This performance moved at lightning speed and had my attention gripped tight right from the opening number.”

Toby Grace, Out in Jersey, June 18, 2018

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is its own reward.
…It has constant bits of business and shtick designed to make the rollicking even more hilarious..
…Morgan’s entire cast deserves praise as individuals and an ensemble.
…Morgan’s production is the right kind of clockwork. It wisely trusts able players to know their business and keep the play hopping while investing it with a lot of personality.”

Neal Zoren, PrincetonInfo.com, reprinted from U.S. 1 Newspaper, June 13, 2018

 

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! Summer 2018

Come see Michael’s return to The Princeton Festival as director of a Sondheim classic!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, A COMEDY TONIGHT!

MUSICAL THEATER |
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

 

BOOK BY BURT SHEVELOVE & LARRY GELBART
MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM

ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON BROADWAY BY HAROLD S. PRINCE

 

Thursday evenings – June 21 & 28 at 8 pm
Friday evenings – June 15, 22 & 29 at 8 pm
Saturday evenings – June 16, 23 & 30 at 8 pm
Sunday matinees – June 10, 17 & 24 and July 1 at 4 pm

185 Nassau Street, Matthews Acting Studio
(next to Thomas Sweet)
Princeton University, Princeton

Company …with 11th Hour’s “Next Step Concert Series”

Concert of Company with Philly’s

11th Hour Theater Company

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Matthew Decker
December 1-3, 2017
Playing at The Drake Theater

Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour. New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season we are bringing you three iconic musicals including the first Rock musical the hit Broadway, one of Sondheim’s most sophisticated and beautiful works and a Broadway showstopper about one of literature’s most iconic female characters!

Man of La Mancha opens to rave reviews!

‘La Mancha’ at Princeton Festival: Great songs, voices, message

“Summer festival sometimes implies light, but what this production sacrifices in glamour it makes up for in fidelity to the profound core of this show. Michael Dean Morgan’s disciplined direction gives us a La Mancha not so much boiled down as essential.”

John Timpane — Philly.com (The Philadelphia InquirerJUNE 13, 2017

http://www.philly.com/archive/john_timpane/la-mancha-at-princeton-festival-great-songs-voices-message-20170613.html


The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”; Cervantes Becomes Don Quixote in the Broadway Musical

“The musical is well served by the intimate venue. The audience is on three sides of the stage, and on the same level as the prisoners — and therefore is part of the action. Director Michael Dean Morgan and choreographer Cristina Marte make deft staging choices. Antonia and Dr. Carrasco circle Quijana as they plot against him, as he is at the center of their plans. Effective choreography underlines the predatory sexuality of the muleteers, and the deviousness of the gypsies.”

Donald H. Sanborn III (Princeton Town Topics) June 14, 2017

The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”; Cervantes Becomes Don Quixote in the Broadway Musical


The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”

The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”

 

 

“Man of La Mancha” at the Princeton Festival

The Princeton Festival’s 

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Directed by Michael Dean Morgan

Written by DALE WASSERMAN
Music by MITCH LEIGH
Lyrics by JOE DARION

June 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 pm
Sunday matinees – June 11, 18, 25 at 4 pm
Saturday matinee – June 24 at 3 pm

Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
Matthews Acting Studio
185 Nassau Street, Princeton (next to Thomas Sweet)

 TICKETS: THU $40, $45 | FRI $45, $50 | SAT $45, $50, $65* | SUN $45, $50

Princeton University Concert Series on February 14th

Michael is partnering with international percussionist, Colin Currie, for the Princeton Concert Series

PROGRAM:   “Realismos Mágicos” – solo percussion music by Per Norgaard, Toshio Hosokawa, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Rolf Wallin’s eleven short pieces based on Gabriel García Márquez short stories.  Currie will be joined by actor Michael Dean Morgan who read excerpts from Garcia Márquez’ stories as part of the presentation.

Note from Michael:  “Colin and I are working together to produce poignant selections of Gabriel García Márquez’s stories to parallel the titles of “Realismos Mágicos.”    This will be a fun night.  Don’t miss it!”

 Colin Currie:

Hailed
as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak
of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. “

http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts/concert/colin-currie-percussion