Lyrics by Sharon Lesley Music by David Ohrenstein
The power struggle between Rome and Egypt is played out in the romantic potential between Octavian and Cleopatra. Set in Alexandria in 30 B.C., Octavian has already defeated his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra on the battlefield. Each must now consider their next moves. All the civilized world hangs in the balance, and so do their personal lives. The musical is sung through. The lush score embodies the clash of cultures with militaristic Roman music and exotic Egyptian music. Memorable melodies fill the air.
Description Tags: Strong Role for a Leading Man *Strong Role for a Leading Lady *Musical Drama *Minimal Sets and Costumes *Period Piece/Historical *Classic Broadway *Operetta/Operatic.
Cast Size: Small Vocal Demands: Moderate *Challenging. Dance Requirements: Minimal. Good For: *College/University *Amateur/Community *Professional Theatre.
Cleopatra (soprano) ….. Pharaoh of Egypt, 39 yrs, mother of four
Iris (soprano) ………….. Dark skinned beautician, lady-in-waiting
Charmian (mezzo)………. Lady-in-waiting, trusted friend, late 40s
Capt. Derceteus (tenor)….Veteran of Roman military campaigns
Ghost of Antony (tenor)….. Consul, General, husband to Cleopatra
Octavian (baritone)……….. 33 yrs. Consul, Roman General
Ghost of Caesar (bass)… Consul,General, father of Cleopatra’s heir