From the streets of Venice to the stages of the Syracuse University Department of Drama comes the classic 1982 Broadway musical Nine from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St.
Based on Federico Fellini’s film 8 ½, the Tony-winning show tells a tale of Italian film director Guido Contini reaching a boiling point in his career and personal life. Contini, approaching his 40th birthday, struggles with his latest film, which drives him to call on all the women in his life for inspiration – his wife, his mistress, his favorite actress and his producer, to name a few.
While Contini works desperately to finish his film, his relationships with the women in his life continue to tangle, until he must decide whether art or the love of his wife, Luisa, is more important.
Tony Salatino, director and choreographer of the Department of Drama production, says that the appeal of Nine comes from the musical’s ability to vividly bring to life the balance that an artist must tread – between reality and fantasy, humor and drama.
“Nine is about the struggle involved in the creative process, both technical and personal, and the problems artists encounter when expected to deliver a personal and profound work,” he said. “With Guido, there is always an intense public scrutiny, always a tight schedule and an expectation that the new work will be as good if not better than his previous movies.”
Tickets for Nine may be purchased at the Syracuse Stage Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by telephone at 315-443-3275 or at www.SyracuseStage.org/su-drama.php.