Gorgeous revival delivers a desperately needed message
As a worker in the creative world myself, Peter Shaffer’s story of professional insecurity rings true on many levels. Managers that sabotage their own protégés, steal credit, feign friendship to deflect blame—Amadeus may only have a slight grounding in historical facts, but it transcends that to become a Gothic myth with eternal resonance. Looking through history there are many actually more technically true stories (the Bernini and Borromini rivalry in architecture springs to mind). The apocryphal stories that spread after Mozart’s mysterious death contributed to a myth of professional contention between he and Salieri that has next to no basis in fact. Still, this fictional Salieri’s journey is an engrossing exploration of the creative process, devotion, and the true cost of fame. BoHo has marshaled great talent to bring his Pyrrhic victory to life.
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