It's a Boy! (A Circus Opera)
Composer Ron Romanovsky and Betty Katz Sperlich announce the release of It's A Boy! (a circus opera). This hilarious and poignant collection of songs and music tells the story of one couple's emotional struggle over whether or not to circumcise their newborn son. It's A Boy! Is based on the real-life experiences of Sperlich, who has worked as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Vincent Hospital for many years and who also co-founded with Mary Conant, Nurses for the Rights of the Child, the world's first and only group of RN conscientious objectors to male circumcision. It's A Boy! Features vocal performances by 5 stellar singers: Busy McCarroll, Nacha Mendez, Charles Tichenor, Pete Williams, and Greg Harris, accompanied by Ron Romanovsky on accordion and guitar and violinist Elena Sopoci. Some of the CD was recorded live at a workshop presentation at the Santa Fe Playhouse, with additional songs recorded later in the studio. It's A Boy! ^#^was recently debuted at the 9th International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity and Human Rights at the University of Washington in Seattle where it received a standing ovation. One enthusiastic listener described it as '...a great touch of Germany 1920s and Three Penny Opera . . . satirical, delicate and very Kurt Weill'.