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The soul-killing inherent in the film dream factory’s deconstruction and then sanitized reconstruction of its icons has been a popular topic, from 1932’s What Price Hollywood to four versions of A Star is Born. But Michael McKeever’s incisive world premiere The Code at The Foundry attacks it from a different fresh angle that is painfully topical.
There are stunning actors in this premiere A Wonderful World, breath-taking choreography and visuals in this life of jazz legend Louis Armstrong as he navigates a racist world and his own fallibilities. But it’s the decades-old brass-fueled music, reinvigorated and pulsating in celebratory revels and soul-scorching ballads, that drive this achievement at Miami New Drama.
The creation of a musical always contains more drama than what ends up on the stage. But then there is the anguish and celebration that commandeered the pre-virus birth and now this winter’s resurrection of A Wonderful World that closed the night before it was to open at Miami New Drama.
It was only a matter of time until one of South Florida’s most experimental companies would find a way to produce theater outside of a theater. Nine months into a pandemic, the sheer existence of Miami New Drama’s experiential short-play collaboration 7 Deadly Sins feels as surreal as it is miraculous.
Nine months into the country’s battle against COVID-19, Miami New Drama and its boundlessly imaginative artistic director, Michel Hausmann, have figured out a way to turn vice into virtue, exploring the seven deadly sins in an ambitious return to live theater beginning Nov. 27.
Energy suffuses rehearsals for Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical about Louis Armstrong A Wonderful World – not a revue but a highly-theatrical biography in which Armstrong’s famous numbers are infused as part of the plot or as character-revealing reveries.