Saxophonist Daniel Bennett blends Mozart and American Folk in ‘Whitman at the Whitney’ theater production
“Whitman at the Whitney” is a new theater production about the great American poet Walt Whitman. This multimedia production features dramatic readings of Walt Whitman’s poetry, set to the music of the Daniel Bennett Group.
The show runs at the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY) on Saturday, August 26th (1PM), Saturday, August 26th (4PM), Sunday, August 27th (1PM), and Sunday, August 27th (4PM). The show is directed by theater visionary Jim Furlong. Furlong is the Director of Arts at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City. The show is co-produced by Greg Trupiano, Artistic Director of The Walt Whitman Project.
The show features images of artwork from the Whitney Museum. Saxophonist Daniel Bennett has collaborated with Jim Furlong on past productions. Bennett recently composed and arranged the musical score for stage adaptations of “Frankenstein” and “Brave Smiles” at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Bennett’s musical soundtrack for “Whitman at the Whitney” features the unique instrumentation of woodwinds and banjo. Daniel Bennett (woodwinds) is joined by Mark Cocheo on banjo.
The repertoire is opera excerpts by Verdi, Mozart, and other prominent classical composers. “Walt Whitman was a huge fan of classical music and American folk music. The eclectic nature of the soundtrack is perfect for this show,” says Bennett. Daniel Bennett is no stranger to unusual musical productions. He currently plays woodwinds in ‘”Blank! The Musical,” the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage.
The show is produced by Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Improv Boston. “Whitman at the Whitney” is an adventurous theater production that will challenge and entertain audiences of all ages. The show is free and open to the public.