October 9, 2002

Cult Classic Metropolis Comes To Pentacle

The musical, "Metroplis", based on Fritz Lang’s silent cult classic of the same name, is coming to Pentacle Theatre with some fanfare and national interest.

Academy Award winning author, composer and lyricist, Joe Brooks, has been collaborating on a revision with Director Randy Bowser ("HAiR", "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum") for over a year for this production. Brooks will then remount "Metropolis" on Broadway next year. Hence, Pentacle’s production will be the national debut of the revised version.

The New York Times says, “'Metropolis' arrives, three quarters of a century late, like an artifact from the future. It is a tale of a society in which elitists thrive in an advanced city-state maintained by oppressed workers who dwell below the surface.” It is a story of their courage, resolve and triumph.

Says Bowser, “'Metropolis' is not a small musical. It is in the family of modern dramatic musicals like "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." It has that same compelling, emotional power.

'Metropolis' brings the audience into the powerful realm that 'Jesus Christ Superstar, 'HAiR' and 'Tommy' laid the path for when the rock opera genre was born. I feel it’s safe to say that no one has ever seen a show quite like this science fiction rock opera. It even has a robot.

“Our audience has a chance to see an extremely rare theatrical event for the Salem area: a showcase production of a Broadway-bound musical. They’ll see it first." Bowser continues, "We have an unusually strong cast of singers; many new to the Pentacle stage.”

"Metropolis" runs November 15 through December 7. There are two Sunday matinees on October 6 and 13. Tickets are $17 for opening night and $16 for all other nights and may be purchased at the door, through the Pentacle Ticket Office in the Book Bin (tickets subject to $2 service charge) at 450 Court ST NE, Salem, OR or by calling the Pentacle Ticket Office 503 485 4300.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:15. All other Weekday performances are at 7:15. The first and second Sunday performances are matinees at 2:00 while the final Sunday performance is at 7:15.