This album of songs from the new musical "The Fourth Messenger" stars Vienna Teng as Mama Sid, a world-renowned spiritual teacher with a hidden past. Loosely inspired by the Buddha legend, this contemporary re-imagining poses the question of whether and how it's possible to be both enlightened and flawed.
This pre-order package includes a physical CD and a digital download, to be released November 7, 2015.
Music by Vienna Teng, lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, directed by Matt August, orchestrated/music directed by Ryan O'Connell.
"An absolute delight." - SF Chronicle • "Profound and profane, combative and compassionate… Teng’s complex harmonies and inspired melodies stick with you long after the curtain goes down." - Art Animal • "Hugely ambitious and refreshingly original…Teng is a fresh and exciting new theatrical talent with a distinctive voice of her own…" - Huffington Post • "Masterful and compelling…both timeless and contemporary." - Stage and Cinema
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As Sid meditates, a vision of her own mother, May, comes to tempt her away from her resolve.
MAY AND ANGELS
Poor sweetheart. You’re exhausted.
Oh, Mama. I've missed you so. All my life.
Then join me.
(Rousing slightly) But...you're dead.
Exactly. It's so peaceful! Isn’t that what you want: to be at peace?
But my work here’s not done.
You’ll finish it some other time.
There are many lifetimes to be lived
May and angels
Maybe next time you’ll have more to give
Now sleep, sleep
What's one little lifetime, anyway?
(As SID sings the following, the ensemble enters and stands behind May, a sea of faces stretching back.)
Then suddenly I see
Stretched out behind me
The bodies I have occupied
The people I have loved
The tears I have cried
The deaths I have died
A hundred thousand lifetimes
A hundred thousand lifetimes Is enough
This time I'll see it through
It's what I have to do