The Seven Deadly Pleasures: A Rock Opera
(2008, Cabaret Premiere)
Presented by Allison Lovejoy and Artist Migration (duration 90 minutes)
Directed by Margery Fairchild.
Music by Allison Lovejoy and Geoff Ball.
Additional lyrics and music: Geoff Ball
These performances of The Seven Deadly Pleasures were made possible in part by the generous support of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
The Seven Deadly Pleasures is a soul-searching and entertaining exposé of the archetypal Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Dressed up in contemporary clothing, and aided by the charismatic Devil, the Sins are exploited for their considerable Pleasures by the Dante family: Frank, wealthy and unscrupulous; his hungry brother Bruno; the angry son David; his lusty wife Sofia; and the beautiful, proud young girl Angela, who is desperate for love. Each of the characters personifies not only their individual “deadly sin,” but also the opposing “virtue.” Struggling to hold on to the American Dream, the Dantes fight to hide a dark secret that could destroy them, while a trio of singing angels propels the play to its inevitable cathartic end. Hit songs and scandalous scenes make this an unforgettable show!
Allison Lovejoy, pianist and composer
Allison Lovejoy performs the masters, old and new, with passion and intelligence. She has performed as a concert pianist and chamber musician, musical director, composer and vocalist in the USA and Europe. Miss Lovejoy graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Masters in Performance, and has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of the Pacific.
Miss Lovejoy is also a popular cabaret composer and vocalist. Winner of San Francisco’s Best Modern Cabaret Award in 2009, she has performed her original songs at Yoshi’s, Café du Nord, Amnesia, and The Great American Music Hall.
“Smart, mischievous fun”… –The Pacifica Review
Miss Lovejoy performs regularly with the Santa Rosa Symphony, plays accordion with Tango No. 9, and has toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the San Francisco Sinfionetta and the Graves Brothers Deluxe.
The Seven Deadly Pleasures was presented at the A.C.T. Costume shop in April 2014, as part of a residency with Goat Hall Productions. Miss Lovejoy is thrilled to be presenting the exciting cabaret rock opera entitled The Seven Deadly Pleasures co-written by Geoff Ball, at SFIAF 2014. She also wrote, directed and produced a children’s musical at the Young Performers’ Theatre entitled Trouble in Trollville.
Her solo piano recordings and debut album of original music entitled Cabaret Nouveau can be found on cdbaby.com, Rhapsody and itunes, as well as her recent release of New Nocturnes, which includes solo piano works by local composers Chus Alonso, Rob Reich, Marcus Shelby, Colin Farish and others.