“Choices: A Rock Opera,” written and directed by Armonk resident, John Krupa, and produced by Choices, A Rock Opera, LLC, an independent production company, tells the story of an ultra-driven lead singer from a 1980’s spandex wearing, hairspray rock band called “Choices.” Though his intense focus has garnered the band’s success it has also left the singer (played by celebrated Broadway star MiG Ayesa) cocooned, emotionally underdeveloped, and void of any real experiences beyond the stage. When he finally meets an intriguing woman (played by veteran singer and actress Layla Davias) who introduces him to the vast world beyond what he’s ever known, he soon realizes that he has a monumental choice to make. Encouraged by his carousing bandmates (played by Joe Leo and Nick Celio) and a mysterious character (played by Krupa) who professes to be the only person who can bring the singer to super-stardom, it seems that Singer at first chooses that path, only to quickly afterwards forego his life of rock and roll debauchery for that of domestic bliss. The choice he makes soon does not pan out the way he intends, and he sinks to new lows. Even slap-in-the-face conversations by friends (“Best Friend” played by Christina Labrador) and fans present the moral center of the story, that not all choices work out the way you plan, but that doesn’t make them remorseful choices.
Choices: A Rock Opera is a collaborative effort between Krupa and a group of professional musicians with over 150 years of combined experience working with the music industry’s top talent. The band includes Artie Dillon, Hank DeCora, Mike Rosenman, Tommy Vinton and Grammy Award winning producer/engineer/musician/songwriter Bill Wittman. After the sold out premiere of Choices in April at Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk, the cast and crew are thrilled to be performing Choices in November at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.
Choices: A Rock Opera is all original material and is an actual opera with lyrics set to rock instrumentation consisting of beautiful melodies juxtaposed against heavy metal guitar playing and screaming synthesizers. It is different from other musicals set in this era, as it is not a parody, but an introspective and authentic depiction of that historical moment. This period of vibrant and exciting 1980’s rock music will once again come to life on stage right here in Westchester at Chap PAC. Some audience members will relive their teen years while others will get a history lesson at a rock concert. The story is the music.
Music, Lyrics and Directed by John Krupa
Produced by Choices, A Rock Opera, LLC
Starring MiG Ayesa, Layla Davias, John Krupa, Christina Labrador, Nick Celio and Joe Leo
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N. Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY
Dates: Friday November 11 (8 pm) and Saturday November 12 (8 pm)
Tickets: $40 on sale starting September 1 at https://choicesarockopera.com/tickets
Running time: (2 hours including one intermission)
Recommended for ages 12+ due to explicit language and mature subject matter; children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.