The Barbican and Theatre Royal Stratford East present a new production of John Adams' highly acclaimed music theatre piece I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky on the main stage of the Theatre Royal.
A news reporter, a cop, a minister , an ex-gang leader, a social worker , a lawyer, an illegal immigrant in downtown Los Angeles, the lives of seven twenty-somethings become intertwined as they strive for justice and search for love.
But when a catastrophic earthquake strikes, the seven are forced to face unavoidable truths and make tough choices as their lives are changed forever and they discover that true love isnít always found in the obvious places.
Taking its title from a quote from a survivor of the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California, John Adamsí music theatre show mixes pop, jazz, gospel, blues and funk into songs that are rich in the sounds and rhythms of American urban life.
A young cast of rising stars from the worlds of RnB, pop, gospel and music theatre give authentic voice to characters who reflect the tense, multi-cultural reality of 1990s LA.
Music by John Adams Lyrics by June Jordan
Kerry Michael and Matthew Xia directors Clark Rundell music director Sean Green assistant music director Adam Wiltshire designer Jo Joelson Lighting Design John Leonard sound Tal Rosner video design Jason Pennycooke Movement
Music | Dance | Summer | East London
19 Jun - 31 Jul 2010
Barbican Contemporary Music
Londonís home to the boldest new jazz, world, folk, contemporary classical, rock, pop & electronic music from across the globe.
British Red Cross
The Barbican and Theatre Royal Stratford East are working in partnership with the British Red Cross to help raise money for the Disaster Fund which responds quickly to disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Please consider giving a donation online or via the box office when booking tickets for this production.