Music by Jeffrey Lunden, book and lyrics by Arthur Perlman, from the play "Wings" by Arthur Kopit
In her youth, Emily was an aviatrix who walked on the wings of the family biplane. just as she once plummeted through space, she is now failing through inner space due to a heart attack. We go inside Emily's mind as she gropes her way back towards the cave of memory, away from the scrambled words and thoughts that hold her captive. With moving simplicity, Wings charts Emily's recovery as she begins to regain the vocabulary to accompany her reawakened emotions. But a relapse hurls her back in to the void, this time facing death. in this musical's exultant view, however, Emily has merely taken flight once again, the bravery that prompted her exploits in the sky having seized her anew.
(taken from the Cast Album listing)
3 men, 4 women (may be cast as 2 men and 3 women with doubling as shown)
Doctor / Mr Brambilla
Nurse / Mrs Timmins
Reed (flute, clarinet), percussion, 2 keyboards, cello
World Premiere Recording - RCA Victor 09026-68323-2