Sting, Trudie Styler and Joshua Bell to perform Feb. 15 at Mark Taper Forum
Rock star Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, will play another musical couple -- Robert and Clara Schumann -- in a stage production that will take place at the Mark Taper Forum on Feb. 15. Joining the couple on stage for this musical quasi-biography will be violinist Joshua Bell and narrator John Lithgow.
"Twin Spirits" will run for one night only on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. (The special event is not produced by Center Theatre Group.) Sting and Styler will read the Schumanns' personal letters, accompanied by a six-member ensemble of classical musicians. The production, devised and directed by John Caird, was performed at London's Covent Garden in 2005 as well as at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 2010.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be used to support the Culture Project, the Royal Opera House and Mustardseed Arts Trust.
In the Lincoln Center staging, Sting and Styler remained seated through most of the show and did not sing the lieder of Schumann, "but to their credit, they endowed the Schumanns' letters with a sense of the emotion behind them," according to a review in the New York Times.
The New York staging featured music by both Robert and Clara Schumann as well as pieces by Chopin and Mozart. Bell performed in the show in New York, while the role of narrator was played by David Strathairn.
Tickets for the Mark Taper staging are going for $80 to $150 for standard reserved seating, and $350 for VIP seating that includes a post-concert reception with the artists.
-- David Ng
Photos (top): Sting performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl last year. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
(bottom) Mark Taper Forum. Credit: Center Theatre Group