Episodes: 40 (half-hour).
TV show dates: December 23, 2014 — February 15, 2018.
Series status: Cancelled.
Performers include: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack, Gael García Bernal, Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Dishy, Hannah Dunne, Constantine Maroulis, Joshua Bell, Jennifer Kim, Griffin Birney, Matt Braver, Tom Bateman, John Anderson, Gabriel Millman, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Eddie K. Robinson, Philip Jackson Smith, and Erica Yang.
TV show description:
Based on the critically-acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, this dramedy series takes a look at what happens behind the curtains at the New York Symphony. It turns out that backstage is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts.
A young oboist named Hailey (Lola Kirke) tries to navigate through the egos and eccentricities of a world renowned orchestra, hoping for her big chance. Meanwhile brash new conductor Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal), an enfant terrible, has a passion for music that threatens the plans of the orchestra’s old guard.
That old guard is represented by Thomas (Malcolm McDowell), the reluctantly outgoing conductor, and Gloria (Bernadette Peters), the chairwoman of the board. They wonder what they have wrought by bringing Rodrigo into the fold.
The musicians themselves, a colorful family of disparate personalities, are struggling to deal with this new regime as well. Along with her friends Alex (Peter Vack), a dancer on the brink of success; worldly cellist Cynthia (Saffron Burrows); and world-class partier Lizzie (Hannah Dunne), Hailey searches for what it means to dedicate your life to music.
Episode #40: “Dance”
The premiere Hesby’s new piece doesn’t go exactly as planned. Hailey recommits herself to the music. Cynthia finds solace in her new endeavors. Rodrigo must make a choice about his role in the orchestra. (Courtesy of Amazon)
First aired: February 15, 2018
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