The U.S. Premiere of” The Ten Commandments, The Musical,”
The Ten Commandments Off-Broadway Cast is now announced and brings new diverse talents from musical theater and operatic backgrounds. Twelve talented artists will bring to life the story of Moses and the Jewish people. Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/_p4TfQs-txo
David Serero, starring as Moses, will lead and direct the cast composed of DaShaun Williams (Ramses), Caroline Purdy (Nefertari), Stephanie Craven (Sephora), Melissa Lubars (Jochebed), Lisa Monde (Bithia), Cale Rausch (Joshua), Zachary Harris Martin (Aaron), Kristyn Vario (Myriam), Shane Patrick Watson and Julia Anne Cohen (Various roles and U/S).
All these performers will sing the beautiful music of Pascal Obispo, one of France’s most notorious composers, with original lyrics by Lionel Florence and Patrice Guirao. The Musical was originally created by Elie Chouraqui, who wrote the book. David Serero is bringing this Musical to America, directing and adapting it into the English language. “The Ten Commandments” dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince who becomes the deliverer of his real brethren, the enslaved Hebrews, and after that leads the Exodus to Mount Sinai, where he receives, from God, the Ten Commandments.
This limited engagement will be performed at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011) on May 5th (3 pm), 8th (6 pm – Premiere), 10th, and 12th (8 pm), and the 15th (6 pm). Tickets are available on thetencommandmentsthemusical.com or 1.800.838.3006 for $26 and $36.
“I have carried this masterpiece in my heart since its first day of creation. This unique collaboration between two masters, Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo, will forever remain in the history of French musicals. The whole collaboration was sublimated by the original French lyrics of Lionel Florence and Patrice Guirao and the exceptional quality of the original performers that no one could be compared to this day. My idea is to make this work suitable for American audiences with an established musical theater culture (the perfect combination of theatrical dialogues and music). I know that it will be a success because no one in the world can remain indifferent to this story and the exceptional music of Pascal Obispo. The work of adaptation and interpretation of the material was necessary to match the high standards of Broadway. It’s a dream come true, and I am eternally grateful to Mr. Obispo, Chouraqui, Florence, Guirao, and the Atlético Editions for their trust, guidance, and kindness. I expect this work to enter the American musical theater repertoire and to be performed all over the United States and in English-speaking countries,” said David Serero.
He added, “Singing the part of Moses is a tough challenge as I’ll always have in my ears the beautiful singing of the original Moses, the excellent Daniel Levi. He is to me one of the greatest singers of all time and a true mensch! So it was vital for me to meet him to get his blessing and have a masterclass with him as his singing (along with the ones of the other performers of that original French production) was essential to the success of this show. He so humbled me, and I spent one of the most instructive afternoons.” A video of Serero and Levi is available: https://youtu.be/cpJsVRpOqvA
Pascal Obispo is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the genre of French pop, who released numerous commercial blockbuster albums, scored Top Ten hit singles with regularity, embarked on multiple sold-out concert tours, wrote songs for a musical of his own creation, and collaborated with a long list of French pop stars. The lead single of The Ten Commandments, “L’envie d’aimer,” was also recorded in English by Celine Dion.
Almost 20 years after its opening, “The Ten Commandments” (Les Dix Commandments) is presented in English. This artistic work has gathered over 3 million spectators in Europe in total. This revival recording and stage adaptation are the ideas of the baritone and producer David Serero, who signs the English language adaptation and the American theatrical productions. The first single from the upcoming Cast Album Recording, titled “The Maximum Pain” (La Peine Maximum), has been released on all platforms and is available here:
The new single “I Choose to Abandon” is released! “This duet of two mothers, “Jochebed and Bithia,” perfectly illustrates two emotions. First, Jochebed was heartbroken to abandon her child and Bithia to receive the child she always dreamed of having. She names him “Moses,” which in Egyptian means “saved from the waters.” This number opens the show, and it already sets a tone of strong emotions,” said Serero, who produced the single and the full Cast Album Recording. The new single “I Choose to Abandon” can be heard here: https://youtu.be/W3DduYxj-bU
About DAVID SERERO
David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and T.V. series, recorded and produced over 100 albums, and played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway in iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar’s Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who’s Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and was named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco’s airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the UNESCO Award for Diversity in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. In 2021, he won 4 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the decade, Best Producer of a Play of the decade, and Best Opera singer of the Year. He was awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for his contribution to the City’s dynamic cultural landscape, enriching the vibrant performing arts sector, and uplifted and inspiring diverse New Yorkers. His first documentary film on fashion designer Elie Tahari won dozens of awards (including Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Producer) and received over 100 film festival selections. www.davidserero.com
New York Jewish Guide Meyer Harroch