Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sexy preview of Randal Turner in Bonfire of the Vanities

Randal Turner as Sherman McCoy
The creators of composer Stefania de Kenessey and librettist Michael Bergmann's operatic version of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities have been gracious enough to give us brief preview of the opera. The scene shows barihunk Randal Turner as Wall Street trader Sherman McCoy in the iconic "Masters of the Universe" scene after the prisoners have stripped him of his clothes.

The phrase is taken from the original book and refers to the ambitious young men who racked up millions of dollars in bonuses at investment banks like Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Randal Turner in "Masters of the Universe" scene from Bonfire:
The story takes on the universal socioeconomic tensions in 1980s New York City that is home to both Wall Street and Harlem. Turner's character is a successul bonds trader whose popularity propels him to the top of the financial world. But just as he meets the peak of his success, he collides with a scandal that brings all of New York City crashing down upon him. His former admirers and current problems include a ferocious Harlem reverend, played by fellow barihunk Keith Miller; a wealthy and sexually predatory femme fatale, sung by Yingzie Zhou; Sherman's cossetted housewife, sung by Anne-Carolyn Bird; and, an idealistic lawyer who demands better for her city, performed by Adrienne Danrich.  
The world premiere will be on October 9 and 10 at the El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. Tickets are available online.

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