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By Kent Larsen

LDS Playwright's 'Joyful Noise' Opens In Atlanta

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Playwright Tim Slover's account of the creation and first performance of George Frideric Handel's masterwork, "The Messiah" has opened in a new production in Atlanta, for a Christmas-time four-week run at the 14th Street Playhouse. The play opened off-Broadway in New York City last May to positive reviews.

Slover told the Atlanta Journal and Constitution that he got a bit of a shock when he researched the creation of the oratorio. "Rather than the oratorio growing out of recent successes, it sprang from [Handel's] failures -- failures in the theater, failures as a composer, as a person." He found a Handel that was overcoming cultural and creative obstacles, and discovered that "The Messiah" itself had to overcome obstacles, in the form of a Bishop who opposed the production.

These difficulties lead to what Slover calls his favorite characteristic in the play, "Someone once said the angels envy us two things, our ability to forgive and our ability to repent. In the play, every one of the characters must do one or the other, and some do both."

This performance of "Joyful Noise" is somewhat unique because of its use of live choruses to supplement the canned music in the play. Fourteen different local church choirs will participate, a different group each night of the run.


New looks at Handel's 'Messiah'
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 25Nov00 A2
By Pierre Ruhe: Staff


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