St. Ann's Warehouse has co-commissioned (with the Manchester International Festival) and presents the American Premiere of End of the Road, the third piece in a musical theater "road" trilogy, created in collaboration by No Theater and the legendary Young@Heart Chorus, whose members range in age from 70 to 90.
In the first production, Road to Heaven, which featured the Led Zeppelin song that inspired it and toured Europe from 1997 to 2004, the chorus burst on the scene, singing about survival and how even in old age, one can hang onto youthful energy and maintain enthusiasm for life. The next piece, Road to Nowhere,
inspired by a famous Talking Heads song by David Byrne and touring abroad since 2004, took a more serious look at old age and at how, today, older people often have to continue working well into their "golden" years.
End of the Road, the third and final piece in the trilogy, is an exploration of how music and songs have a unique power to transcend age. It questions why an antique objet d'art often increases in value with age, while
older people and performers are seldom treasured. The three "movements" of the work are built around songs of longing, songs of community and songs of the spirit, taking us on a journey through the 20th century, with ballads giving way to songs of sexual love and the joy and energy of friendship. The chorus sings of the soul
and of memories, concluding serenely with a sense of the wisdom that can come with age.