December 12, 1997
The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz
Composer:Eric Salzman
Librettist:Valeria Vasilevski
Synopsis
Based on the actual words of Dutch Schultz, Public Enemy No. 1, as he lay dying in a Newark hospital after being shot by a rival mobster in the mid-1930s. During the interrogation, Dutch's whole life flashes before him. His mother appears and talks to her little boy. Dutch is on ice skates as he wheels and deals with his mob. "Speak Easy," a film, accompanied by swing violin, shows images of the real Dutch and The Prohibition Era while Dutch's girlfriend appears and sings a Speakeasy number. The ice man comes as Dutch tries to rise up from his hospital bed. One by one, the mobsters desert the dying man as his strength ebbs away.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:45

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Musical theater; includes popular elements (stylized barbershop, swing, etc.) and some extended voice, particularly for the baritone role; the Foley table of old-fashioned acoustic sound effects is incorporated into the percussion part of the score

Vocal & Musical Forces
Violin (partly scordatura, partly normal tuning), tuba, keyboards, drums, percussion (Foley table of acoustic sound effects); mezzo-soprano, baritone, TTBarB chorus

Original Cast
Theo Bleckmann (Dutch)
Valerie Nicolosi (Mother/girlfriend)


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