El Paso, TX

July 20 - July 30, 2023 • El Paso, TX

Amadeus (Director's Cut)

With F. Murray Abraham
Signature Classic
$10
Friday, August 5
7:00pm
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

El Paso High School graduate F. Murray Abraham won the Best Actor Oscar (the first for an El Paso product) for his brilliant performance as Antonio Salieri in this fictional biography of genius composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, based on Peter Shaffer’s play. Fellow nominee Tom Hulce played the title role with an easy earthiness — and that trademark high-pitched laugh. But Abraham’s Salieri is more complex, balancing admiration for Mozart’s natural, seemingly God-given abilities with contempt for his obscene behavior and jealousy of his superior talent. An elderly Salieri, angry with God, recounts the events that led him to kill his younger rival. When he sees Mozart perform an original composition for the first time, Salieri is impressed, revolted and envious, an emotional pattern that repeats as their relationship develops. Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Rated: PG