By Adam Hetrick
17 Sep 2013
|Photo by Pari Dukovic|
Performances are scheduled through Sept. 28 at the Gilman Opera House. The opera premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2011.
Thomas is known as the author of Jerry Springer: The Opera. Turnage has penned the operas The Silver Tassie and Greek.
The cast features a mix of classical and Broadway performers including Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole, James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities) as Daddy Hogan, Rod Gilfry (South Pacific) as Stern, Christina Sajous (American Idiot) as Blossom, Mary Testa (A New Brain, Queen of the Mist) as Aunt Kaye, Susan Bickley as Virgie, Robert Brubaker as Old Man Marshall, Ben Davis (A Little Night Music) as Billy, John Easterlin as Larry King, Joshua Jeremiah as Deputy Mayor, Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie") as Trucker, Elizabeth Pojanowski as Shelley, Richard Troxell as Doctor Yes and Michael Hance as Mayor of Mexia.
According to the creators, "Anna Nicole tells the story of Anna Nicole Smith, a small-town Texas waitress (and later, exotic dancer) in pursuit of the American Dream. Smith wed an octogenarian billionaire and became a Playboy model and tabloid celebrity, living a life of excess and substance abuse under the constant glare of the media until her death at the age of 39. This dynamic production mixes comedy and tragedy and boldly confronts issues of modern celebrity, greed, and exploitation."