Collins’ life and times have everything that makes for great theatre of operatic proportions: love, war, heroism, villainy, high tragedy, ultimate triumph, and a cast of thousands.
Yet what librettist today would ever have the political saavy to tackle the complex and delicate issues of Collins’ story? What composer would be equal to rendering the epic nature of Ireland’s struggle for independence? No one, you might say …
Well, I have seen the musical. And it is that good.
Think “Les Miz” meets the Neal Jordan film. Above all, they get the story right. Or we should say he got it right: the show is entirely written by one Brian Flynn, who can hold his head up among both Collins aficanados and the best composers today. The music is hot and infectious. It ranges from the mysterious ambient to hopping latin-afro-celtic. Vocal solos, duets, trios and choruses of ravishing beauty and power just keep coming, throughout the evening.
“Michael Collins – A Musical Drama”
by Brian Flynn
Performances through Saturday 12 April
8 PM Tickets €12 – €18
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
353 56 7761674
Presented by Kilkenny Musical Society
Soundtrack album on iTunes:
“The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by SM Sigerson
See photos from the original cast production: