EXCERPTS FROM THE INTERVIEW
Below are excerpts from the March 24, 2017 WYPR interview with Los Otros composer Michael John LaChiusa and writer/lyricist Ellen Fitzhugh.
We turn to the world of theater and the premiere of a new musical at the Everyman Theatre here in Baltimore. Its subject couldn’t be more timely: Los Otros or, The Others, delves into the complexities of immigration, cultural identity, sexuality, and coming of age.
In 2012, a very different version of Los Otros was presented at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Vincent Lancisi, the founder and artistic director of the Everyman, commissioned a re-write of the musical after that original production, and then held a workshop in New York so that the writers could make further revisions, which continued as the rehearsal process for the Everyman production got underway.
The man who composed Los Otros' beautiful music and the woman who wrote the lyrics and book join Tom in Studio A. Composer Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award nominee for work on and off-Broadway. He’s won, among other awards, an Obie, a Dramatists Guild Award, and Daytime Emmys. Ellen Fitzhugh has received Tony, Emmy and Drama Desk award nominations, and written lyrics with numerous film score composers, including the renowned Henry Mancini.