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Cindi Sansone-Braff talks ‘Beethoven’s Promethean Concerto’ (Includes interview)

This is a world premiere play about “Beethoven: the Man, the Myth, the Music” that will be staged on Long Island this summer. It was co-founded with Debi Toni, who is a multi-faceted entertainer (singer-songwriter, performer, teacher and musical director). For this groundbreaking theater, one could only expect to find in London, Vienna or New York City. “I was a professional belly dancer, and I danced in centers. I did a lot of Middle Eastern dance, and all throughout my life, I was a playwright, which is not the most lucrative field,” she said. “Beethoven was one of the plays that was so unique since I did not know anything about him. I like classical music, but I wasn’t very knowledgeable about it.”

On the 1994 film Immortal Beloved, she said, “It was basically a mystery about who was Beethoven’s immortal beloved. As I was watching the movie, it was really interesting and fascinating, but I kept hearing a voice telling me that all the facts were tampered with and inaccurate. This was back in 1995 and I wasn’t computer literate at that point. I read as many book as I could. It was pretty fascinating reading about him and his music. For four years I researched, and used a word processor at the time, and with the accidental click of a button, I deleted four years worth of research in one click. I screamed for an hour, and then, just when I was about to give up on the project, I wrote down everything that I remembered. That is where I came up with a form after writing for eight hours, and I suddenly had a play, and it emerged. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do since it was totally out of my wheelhouse.”

Sansone-Braff continued, “When people see the play, you really get to know the heart and soul of him. I placed it in a 24 hour period. Debi Toni is fabulous and I’ve known her for years. This is a scaled-down production due to cost, but ultimately, I’m trying to get people to see it.”

Most impressive about Sansone-Braff is that she channeled Beethoven himself, in an effort to create this theatrical masterpiece.

The shows will take place on August 5 at 8 p.m., as well as on August 6 at 7 p.m. Ironically enough, both of these dates have a major historical significance in the life of Beethoven. “Debi did not know this. She had not read the play, nor knew anything about it,” Sansone-Braff said. “I chose two dates, August 5 and 6, and I didn’t think about that for two weeks. The play is set on August 5 in 1826, and when I realized that, that blew my mind.”

To learn more about this upcoming Beethoven production, check out its official Indiegogo page.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 19,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a seven-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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