Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi


Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic Peter & the Wolf just in time for the holiday season at the museum’s Peter B. Lewis Theater. And even better, Isaac Mizrahi directs, designs, and narrates as Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal, and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham — bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart.

About Peter & the Wolf:

In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a light-hearted piece for children that would introduce the instruments and sounds of the orchestra. He was given a libretto, but he didn’t like it, so he came up with a new story. The music was completed in a week. Peter & the Wolf was the result, and it is a work still loved by children and adults. The story tells how Peter, against his grandfather’s will, opens the park gate, ventures into the big green meadow,
and ultimately manages to liberate the city from the scary wolf. Peter captures the wolf with the help of a bird, his friend, and hands him over to the hunter, with a specific request: To take the wolf to the zoo. Each affable character in the story is represented by an instrument and accompanied by an actor/dancer.

Peter — strings, Macy Sullivan
Grandfather — bassoon, Gus Solomons, Jr.
Duck — oboe, Marjorie Folkman
Hunter — timpani, Derrick Arthur
Bird — flute, Elizabeth Coker
Cat — clarinet. Kristen Foote
Wolf — french horn, Daniel Pettrow

The narrator reads the story between the musical sections. The libra is performed by the wonderful Mizrahi, a natural raconteur with superb musical instincts and the vivacious wit we’ve come t expect from well — Isaac! Perfectly suited for this role, Mizrahi has directed many theatrical productions and operas and has worked extensively in the theater both as a performer and a designer of sets and costumes. He received a Drama Desk Award and four CFDA awards. Further, he does all this while running his fashion empire, from red carpet couture to affordable ready-to-wear collections, all of which this writer and generations of fashionable women adore.

For more than 33 years and in over 500 productions, Works & Process at the Guggenheim has enabled New Yorkers to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in a uniquely intimate setting. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheim’s comfy Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater.

For the new Peter & the Wolf, know the backdrop is our very own Central Park and that wolf will be shipped locally!

Tickets and Venue:
$40, $35 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Premium front row ticketing $100, $95 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda
1071 Fifth Avenue, NYC