AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer opened December 15, 1999 and closed May 14, 2000 at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway after 10 Previews and 173 Performances.
Produced by Kim Poster, PW Productions Ltd., Adam Epstein, SFX Theatrical Group and Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director); Produced in association with Back Row Productions and Old Ivy Productions; Associate Producer: Bradley R. Bernstein and Marc Epstein
Directed by Peter Hall; Designed by William Dudley; Lighting Design by Paule Constable; Sound Design by Matt McKenzie; Associate Lighting Design: Tony Simpson; Associate Scenic Design: Nancy Thun.
Starring Cindy Katz (Constanze Weber); Michael Sheen (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart); David Suchet (Antonio Salieri); Jeffrey Bean (Servant); Glynis Bell (Teresa Salieri); Geoffrey Blaisdell (Servant); Jake Broder (One of the “Venticelli”); Charles Janasz (One of the “Venticelli”); Michael Keenan (Baron van Swieten); J.P. Linton (Count Johann Kilian Von Strack); Robert Machray (Salieri’s Cook); Dan Mason (Servant); David McCallum (Emperor Joseph II); Kate Miller (Katherina Cavalieri); Kevin Orton (Servant); John Rainer (Major Domo / Servant); Terence Rigby (Count Orsini-Rosenberg); William Ryall (Salieri’s Valet / Servant) and John Towey (Guiseppe Bonno) with standby Rocco Sisto (Antonio Salieri) and with understudies Jeffrey Bean (Salieri’s Cook, Guiseppe Bonno), Glynis Bell (Katherina Cavalieri), Geoffrey Blaisdell (Major Domo, Salieri’s Valet), Jake Broder (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Charles Janasz (Antonio Salieri), Robert Machray (Baron van Swieten), Dan Mason (One of the “Venticelli”), Kate Miller (Constanze Weber, Teresa Salieri), Kevin Orton (One of the “Venticelli”), John Rainer (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), Brian Rardin (Servant), William Ryall (Count Johann Kilian Von Strack) and John Towey (Joseph II)
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The play explored the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the late eighteen century.
Amadeus begins in 1823 on the day that the elderly Salieri believes will be his last. Once a composer in the Austrian court of Emperor Joseph ll, his musical compositions have now been branded as mediocre and he is all but forgotten. Addressing the audience as “Ghosts of the Future,” he narrates and reenacts his relationship to Mozart. Many years earlier, Salieri recognized the genius of the young Mozart, who arrives at the court as a famous musical prodigy. Envy burns in the once pious Salieri, who renounces God and sets out to completely destroy his rival.