Preservation – A Rock Opera by Ray Davies

Preservation remains one of Boston Rock Opera’s most successful and best received shows. We are proud to have had the chance to stage this work.

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 1998
at the Tower Auditorium at the
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA

Mick Maldonado as Flash and
Kay Hanley as Belle

Featuring: Mick Maldonado as the morally bankrupt Mr. Flash and Brian Gottesman (Chucklehead) as his nemesis; the neo-conservative Mr. Black. Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) plays Flash’s long-suffering gal-pal Belle, Peter Moore (Count Zero, BRO) is The Tramp and Kaci Carr (Janet in BRO’s Rocky Horror) is Genevieve. John Surrette (The Deniros) is Spiv, Marty Barrett (The Orange Show!) is The Vicar, performance artist Jim McKay is The Mad Scientist and veteran BRO performer Lynette Estes is The Activist. There’s a cast of 23 and a 7 piece band.

The story unfolds in The Village. The Tramp, a wandering Everyman, has returned to reclaim his lost love. During his absence, Mr. Flash, a ruthless real-estate baron and thug, has seized control of the government and rules by intimidation. Not content to suffer in fear and degradation under Flash the people seek a new saviour in Mr. Black, a conservative moralizer with a dark vision of a population “improved” by mind control. A battle of will escalates, the line between good and evil greys, and human frailty and excess spells doom for all.