JEROME MOROSS forever changed the sound of Western movies with his classic, Oscar-nominated score for The Big Country in 1958. But he was also an innovator in the musical theater, in ballet and in other musical realms. His Broadway show The Golden Apple was a landmark achievement combining opera with musical comedy; and he consistently surprised critics and audiences alike with his fresh approaches in the worlds of chamber and symphonic music as well.READ MORE
When it premiered in 1954, composer Jerome Moross and librettist John Latouche’s THE GOLDEN APPLE was hailed as “the most original musical since Oklahoma” (The Washington Post), “the best thing that has happened in and to the theatre in a very long time” (New York Daily News), and “a magnificent achievement. A sensational success. The most imaginative work of its kind” (New York Daily Mirror). Its blend of American folklore and Greek myth, popular entertainment and high art, and musical comedy and operatic drama “stood Manhattan on its ear,” winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle prize for Best Musical. It opened Off-Broadway at The Phoenix Theatre on March 11, 1954 before transferring to Broadway on April 20, 1954. Here are highlights from the 2017 ENCORES! production.