Later the Same Evening
COMPOSERJohn Musto   
LIBRETTISTMark Campbell   
Later the Same Evening is an imagined work inspired by the figures in five paintings by American artist Edward Hopper: “Room in New York,” “Hotel Window,” “Hotel Room,” “Two on the Aisle,” and “Automat.” The entire story takes place in one evening in Manhattan in 1932. A young married couple in their apartment avoids the encroaching estrangement in their marriage — she by playing the piano, he by reading the newspaper — before she angrily leaves to see a Broadway musical without him. At the same time in a hotel lobby, a recently widowed older woman nervously awaits her date who will be taking her to a Broadway musical. And in a hotel room, a young woman composes a letter to her boyfriend telling him that she is leaving New York and returning to Indianapolis after a failed career as a dancer. All three women see their changing lives through a window. Minutes later, these women's lives intersect with others in the audience of a Broadway musical: a young man from Lynchburg visiting New York for the first time, an older Jewish couple whose bickering is a form of love, an elegant woman from Italy confounded by the musical and her new country, and a young man who plants an engagement ring on a theatre seat for his girlfriend (who happens to be a dancer from Indianapolis). The houselights dim and the strangers are connected as an audience watching the musical — only to break apart again outside the theater in the pouring rain. Later in an automat, the usher from the theater muses about her work and the odd excitement of city life. She encounters the young man with the engagement ring and they leave the automat together. “No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.”—E.B. Whitea
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This work ranks as the #84 most produced North American title since 2000.

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