The Rivals is a new musical playing now at Bristol Riverside Theatre. Based on the 1775 play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, this new adaption adds music to the classic farce.
The show depicts Lydia Languish, a wealthy young woman who will lose the majority of her endowment if she marries someone without the permission of her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop. (Yes, this character is the source of the term malapropism, for her constant misuse of words that sound similar to the intended word.) All the while, a batch of suitors are all trying to woo Ms. Languish through various means, and hilarity ensues.
The talented folks at Bristol Riverside Theatre have done it again with a spectacular show. The music, singing and costumes are great. The lighting and stage set is fantastic. Peter Kellogg wrote the book and lyrics. Stephen Weiner wrote the music. Eric Tucker is directing the production.
It was also great to work again with Paul Vazquez of Digital Mission Audio Services. Paul recorded and mixed the live audio of the orchestra as well as the actors. And, what a great job he did.
The Rivals runs through November 18, 2018.