The Golden Apple

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"The Golden Apple" is a unique and lesser-known musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 1954. It features music by Jerome Moross and a book and lyrics by John Latouche. The musical is a loose adaptation of parts of Homer's epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" but set in a small American town called Angel's Roost, Washington. "The Golden Apple" weaves together elements of Greek mythology and American folklore to tell the story of the residents of Angel's Roost and their encounters with gods and goddesses. The central plot revolves around the love triangle between Ulysses, Penelope, and Helen, echoing the relationships between Odysseus, Penelope, and Helen of Troy in the original myth. The musical premiered at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City and received critical acclaim for its innovative approach to storytelling, witty lyrics, and sweeping score. It was praised for its blending of classical themes with American vernacular and its use of various musical styles, including opera, jazz, folk, and Broadway-style show tunes. Despite positive reviews, "The Golden Apple" did not achieve mainstream commercial success during its initial run. However, it gained a cult following and has since been recognized as an influential work that paved the way for more adventurous and experimental musicals. Over the years, "The Golden Apple" has received occasional revivals and concert performances, helping to keep its legacy alive. It is highly regarded by musical theater enthusiasts for its ambitious storytelling, complex characters, and inventive score. Songs such as "Lazy Afternoon" and "It's the Going Home Together" have become standouts from the musical. "The Golden Apple" holds a unique place in the history of American musical theater, showcasing the creative possibilities of blending mythology, folklore, and classic literature with contemporary themes. It remains a notable example of an Off-Broadway gem that, despite its initial commercial challenges, has left a lasting impact on the art form.}

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Genre: Opera

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From ChatGPT

"The Golden Apple" is a unique and lesser-known musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 1954. It features music by Jerome Moross and a book and lyrics by John Latouche. The musical is a loose adaptation of parts of Homer's epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" but set in a small American town called Angel's Roost, Washington. "The Golden Apple" weaves together elements of Greek mythology and American folklore to tell the story of the residents of Angel's Roost and their encounters with gods and goddesses. The central plot revolves around the love triangle between Ulysses, Penelope, and Helen, echoing the relationships between Odysseus, Penelope, and Helen of Troy in the original myth. The musical premiered at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City and received critical acclaim for its innovative approach to storytelling, witty lyrics, and sweeping score. It was praised for its blending of classical themes with American vernacular and its use of various musical styles, including opera, jazz, folk, and Broadway-style show tunes. Despite positive reviews, "The Golden Apple" did not achieve mainstream commercial success during its initial run. However, it gained a cult following and has since been recognized as an influential work that paved the way for more adventurous and experimental musicals. Over the years, "The Golden Apple" has received occasional revivals and concert performances, helping to keep its legacy alive. It is highly regarded by musical theater enthusiasts for its ambitious storytelling, complex characters, and inventive score. Songs such as "Lazy Afternoon" and "It's the Going Home Together" have become standouts from the musical. "The Golden Apple" holds a unique place in the history of American musical theater, showcasing the creative possibilities of blending mythology, folklore, and classic literature with contemporary themes. It remains a notable example of an Off-Broadway gem that, despite its initial commercial challenges, has left a lasting impact on the art form.}

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Authors

Original Authors

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Book & Lyrics
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Music

Later Contributors

There are no known writers who contributed to revisions, etc. following the original production.
Genre: Opera

Source

Based on The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer.

Synopsis

The story of Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey, adapted to America in the period after the Spanish-American War. Helen, the town floozy, is kidnapped by a traveling salesman and brought to the big city. The men of the town go after her in an attempt to retrieve her and conquer the city.

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  • The Iliad (source material)
  • The Odyssey (source material)

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