Adam Chanler-Berat as Dylan Ebdus and the company of Fortress of Solitude at the Public Theater perform “The One I Remember” at the matinee performance on 10/5/2014.
Fortress of Solitude is seriously, genuinely amazing. The music is brilliant, the cast is fantastic, and the show is truly pushing the bounds of the kinds of stories that are told in musical theatre. If you can get yourself to New York before November 2nd, please go see this show.
It’s hard for me to share my favorite parts of the show because they either give away things that you really want to have the chance to experience as you see the show or because they simply don’t make sense out of context, but I wanted to share some music from the show in hopes that it would help convince people that they need to see it. There is so much to the music of this show, but this is the beginning.
Note: Because this is the first week of previews, the show is not final. As a result, I will not be making the full audio of this performance available at this point. As always, if you object to the existence of bootlegs, I am still not interested.
In honor of Fortress of Solitude beginning previews tonight at The Public Theater: Adam Chanler Berat and Kyle Beltran as Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. Which you all seriously must see between tonight and November 2nd.
Note: despite the impression you might get from this photo, I promise this is a very serious musical.
Adam Chanler Berat, son of Shelley and Bert Berat of Pomona, cut his acting teeth as a student at Clarkstown schools and the sky has been the limit since.
The latest in his career exploits was a complete a run off-Broadway in “Fly By Night.” He is now appearing in “Fortress of Solitude” at New York’s Public Theatre, a production he previously starred in at the Dallas, Texas Theatre Center.
Berat plays Dylan, the only white boy on a rundown Brooklyn block. His mom runs away and leaves him alone with one friend, a black boy Mingus, who saves Dylan from loneliness and racial belligerence.
The production has a a lot of rhythm and blues music and is a story of 1970s Brooklyn and beyond. Of white and black, soul & rap, block parties and blackouts.
BY GEORGE J. DACRE
Kyle Beltran and Adam Chanler-Berat will star in the Public Theater’s The Fortress of Solitude as Mingus and Dylan, respectively. The new musical, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, will run off-Broadway at the Public’s Newman Theater from September 30 through November 2. Opening night is set for October 22. Daniel Aukin directs.