Marking 25 years since it was first published, Nick Hornby’s iconic Fever Pitch is to receive its first-ever musical staging courtesy of Highbury Opera Theatre. Hornby’s book follows the ups and downs of life supporting Arsenal Football Club, intertwining stories of matches and the fortunes of the club with those of his own life as a writer. Composer Scott Stroman (HOT's Artistic Director) and librettist Tamsin Collison have re-imagined it as a comedy/drama featuring a cast of five professional actors and ten professional musicians (to be announced Summer 2017) with a large community chorus that includes 40 local school children. The musical style ranges from classical and jazz to terrace chants and folk-rock.
“This will be the opera for people who think that they don't like opera. Though much of it is closer to a 'musical' in style, the music never stops, and like all operas it is driven by the emotions of its main character. Opera is all about the turmoil of its characters, and football provides as much drama, turmoil and comedy as any subject.”
- Scott Stroman