Book and Lyrics by Maureen Foley
Music by Séamus Egan
City of Dreams, a stage musical, was inspired by the journey in 1914 of a young bare-knuckle boxer named Michael Conway from County Mayo, Ireland, to Butte, Montana, to work in one of the copper mines. Michael was the great uncle of the musical's composer, Séamus Egan.
Three years after arriving in Butte, Michael was dead at the hands of police officers, beaten at the behest of the local Sheriff for refusing to throw a crooked boxing match.
City of Dreams explores the plights of immigrants and of those who do society's hardest, dirtiest, and most dangerous work. Its music - ranging from Celtic-inspired reels and ballads, to spirituals, to roots-infused porch music and songs of the American dance hall - examines the ways in which the brave and ambitious sacrifice themselves so that those who come later may thrive.
City of Dreams explodes with the vitality of a Rocky Mountain mining camp, crackling with the energy of the dawning American labor movement as the world hurtles toward the Easter Rising and World War I.
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