Music by Evan Mack
Libretto by Joshua McGuire
Based on the best-selling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy.
Workshop performance of Act 1 by Opera Saratoga coming in June 2014.
Excerpts sung by Kevin Kees and Danielle Messina Connelly
The story takes place in 1945, V-J-day. Roscoe Conway, after twenty-six years as the second in command of Albany's notorious political machine, decides to quit politics forever. But there's no way out, and only his Machiavellian imagination can help him cope with the erupting disasters. Every step leads back to the past -- to the early loss of his true love, the takeover of city hall, the machine's fight with FDR and Al Smith to elect a governor, and the methodical assassination of gangster Jack (Legs) Diamond. "Thick with crime, passion, and backroom banter" (The New Yorker), Roscoe is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve, a deadly, comic masterpiece from one of America's most important writers.
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