In this interview with Extended Play, members of the original cast of "This Beautiful City" talk about the show's origins, Michael Friedman's legacy and the bittersweet experience of recording the new album.
The Civilians’ first show ever was “Canard, Canard, Goose,” created in 2001 to explore alleged geese abuse in the Adirondacks. The investigation, inspired by a rumor about the geese in the feature film “Fly Away Home,” brought up questions about home, truth, and how we know what we know — all themes particularly relevant to New York artists in the post-9/11 winter of 2001. This episode preserves a live concert version of the show, performed at Joe’s Pub in 2011 to commemorate our tenth anniversary. Along with original cast members Aysan Celik and Jennifer R. Morris, the evening featured actors Matthew Dellapina, Greg McFadden, Brandon Miller, Caitlin Miller, and Maria Elena Ramirez. The play marked Michael Friedman’s debut as a theatrical composer.
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