The comedy-drama web series ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ has been created and developed by the ensemble of Roman Coppola (yes Francis Ford Coppola’s son), Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers. The story of the show is based on the 2005 memoirs by oboist Blair Tindall, which captures her experiences playing in several high profile gigs, including the New York Philharmonic and several orchestras of Broadway shows. Her memoir is aptly named ‘Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music’, so if you thought only rock n’ roll people led a wild lifestyle, you are dead wrong.
The series airs on Amazon Prime and first premiered on February 6, 2014.
Mozart In The Jungle Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ is led by Lola Kirke, of ‘Gone Girl‘ fame, who plays the role of the oboist, Hailey Rutledge, who is looking to get her big break and play with the New York Symphony. Presumably, Hailey’s perspective is akin to those of Blair’s, whose memoir the series is based on. Gael García Bernal appears as Rodrigo De Souza, a brash new conductor who is stirring things up in the New York Symphony. This character’s real-life counterpart is Gustavo Dudamel.
Other cast members include Malcolm McDowell of ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ fame, who appears as Thomas Pembridge, the conductor emeritus of the Symphony; Saffron Burrows, known for her roles in ‘Boston Legal‘ and ‘Troy‘, appears as Cynthia Taylor, a philandering cellist with the symphony; and Hannah Dunne appears as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Campbell, Hailey’s best friend and roommate. Then there is Santino Fontana who plays Mozart himself, as imagined by Rodrigo. David Turner plays Liberace, who briefly replaces Mozart as Rodrigo’s muse for sometime.
Mozart In The Jungle Plot: What is it about?
‘Mozart In The Jungle’ is a story that has all the juiciest elements – love, money, ambition, and music. These intertwine in the heart of New York City, the concrete jungle, which inspires the title of the show. It is a story of finding oneself, and finding love, while also attempting to conquer the city when it comes to music.