By Walter Rutledge
Abdel Salaam is having a banner year. The artistic director and choreographer of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre is celebrating the company’s thirtieth anniversary. This summer his company, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre had the distinction of being the first dance company to perform at the new Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, in conjunction with City Parks Foundation Summer Stage. Now Salaam and his company bring to life the story of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen in the musical TUT at The Theater at St. Clements located at 423 West 46th Street.
TUT is part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and will have a limited run beginning Wednesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 15. Salaam choreographed, directed and staged this production with Grammy Award-Winner Marcus Hummon who supplied the book, music and lyrics. The musical will also feature members of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
The musical tells the parallel stories of Tutankhamen the boy Pharaoh who was striving to bring peace to his country; and Howard Carter the British archaeologist who is desperate to salvage his career with one great discovery. The musical interweaves the lives of these two men cross thousand of years. Originally conceived as an opera TUT has evolved into a unique ninety-minute one-act oratorio-dance experience.
The dates six performances are Wednesday, October 12 at 8pm, Thursday, October 13 at 9pm, Friday, October 14 at 5pm and 9pm, Saturday, 15 at 1pm and 5pm. For information and tickets visit http://www.nymf.org/tut . There is a special 20% off offer when you use the following codes: Use code tut20 * 2 tickets for $30: use code 2for30tut
In Photo: 1) Gold Mask of Tutankhamen 2) Howard Carter