County Players opens its 56th season with Bach at Leipzig at 8 pm. on Friday, Sept. 20.
Leipzig, Germany, 1722: Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. In order to fill the position, the city council invites a small number of musicians to audition for the appointment, including Johann Sebastian Bach. This, however, is not his story. In this hilarious farce – the 18th Century’s American Idol (on steroids, in tights and with swords)—Bach at Leipzig imagines with uncommon intelligence and wit how six little-known musicians resorted to bribery, blackmail, and betrayal in an attempt to secure the most coveted musical post in all of Europe.
Rosalind Ashford Croshier directs this hilarious farce. The cast includes Brian Bailey, Paul Coleman, Michael Froenhoefer, Jim Granger, Ryan Katzer, Rick Meyer and Douglas Woolley.
Subsequent performances will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 27, 28, Oct. 4, 5, and at 2 p.m. Sept 29. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors/children under 12. Call 845-298-1491 for reservations, or order tickets online at countyplayers.org. County Players Falls Theatre is located at 2681 W. Main, Wappingers Falls.