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Amherst College and The Drake continue their collaboration with identical twins’ voices, stories in My Evil Twin, a new cabaret musical at The Drake on Feb. 15. 

Music and lyrics are by Eric Sawyer, script by Harley Erdman; the show is directed by Ron Bashford.

My Evil Twin is an intimate, genre-bending musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler—as Jim and John Demler. Funny, poignant and adventurous, My Evil Twin exposes tenderness and vulnerability beneath masculine bravado as the twins tell the story of their lives in words and song in a tribute to sibling love.

The songs of My Evil Twin blend opera with elements of Broadway and pop, and provide the twins the chance to unleash their virtuosic basso voices with madcap energy and emotion. The witty, fast-moving book was developed in rehearsal with the twins themselves and with director Ron Bashford. The result is an exquisite, entertaining and totally out-of-the-box new kind of music theater.

The creative team of composer/lyricist Eric Sawyer and script writer Harley Erdman has collaborated across opera, musical theater and stage drama over the past decade. Their opera The Scarlet Professor received the 2019 American Prize for best opera. The pair has also collaborated on The Garden of Martyrs, an opera based on the 1806 murder accusation against two Irish immigrants that was performed in Northampton, Mass., steps away from where the events took place, as well as on Wild Thing, Erdman’s translation of a classic Spanish play, presented at the Chamizai Festival in El Paso, Texas.



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Alisa Pearson
(413) 542-2199
Please call the college operator at 413-542-2000 or e-mail if you require contact info


The Drake is located at 44 North Pleasant Street in Amherst.