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    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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In a flashback, spiritual teacher Mama Sid's (Vienna Teng) disciple Andy (Pierce Peter Brandt) begs her to take him with her when she leaves the urban squat where they have been staying.


Take me with you.


You’ve got something.

(Laughs) Like...the flu, maybe?

I’m serious!

I’m sorry. I’ll miss you too.

I need you.


You’ve got something I can’t name.

We’ve been through this. It’s nothing personal. I’m just not interested in that kind of relationship.

That’s not what I mean.

You’ve got a glow
You shine like the sun
I want to be near you
And I’m not the only one
We’re drawn to your orbit
Reflect back your light
So let me come with you
Don’t walk out alone into the night

Andy, all of that is just what you’re projecting onto me.

No. It’s more than that.

You’ve got a glow
You awaken my mind
The moment you enter
The room just comes alive
It’s not infatuation
It’s Deeper than desire
So please take me with you
Don’t walk out alone into the fire

I’m just a pilgrim
The glow that you see
Is simply your own burning
Need to arise and be free
I’ve nothing to show you
No magical spark
So I can’t take you with me
When I walk alone into the dark

My hands are empty of gifts
I’m still trying to learn how to live

Let me follow you, Sid

Andy I’ve nothing to teach
There's no wisdom to in following me

Then at least
Let me walk beside you
That's all that I ask
Let me shoulder some weight
In this daunting task
We share the same dream
A dream that will grow
Sidney, dear Sidney
You know more than you know...
You've got a glow

No more than your own

You shine like the sun

So does everyone

I'm seeking the answers

And I'm not the only one
I'm drawn into orbit
Propelled into flight
Compelled to keep searching
Until I emerge into the light

So please take me with you
Don't walk out alone into the night


from The Fourth Messenger, featuring Vienna Teng, released November 10, 2015
Music by Vienna Teng
Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
Directed by Matt August
Music Directed and Orchestrated by Ryan O'Connell

SID: Vienna Teng
ANDY: Pierce Peter Brandt

Piano and keyboards: Ryan O'Connell
Violin: Anthony Blea
Cello: Freya Seeburger
Drums: Ken Bergmann



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