NOISE: a musical
A Hop Production

NOISE (a musical)

Book, Music & Lyrics by César Alvarez. Directed by Sarah Benson.
July 27 - 30, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Original season. This is an archived view.

Society is broken. Let's fix it with music, like right this musical.

23/24 Hop Original

A bunch of musicians decide that society is broken, and since music is the blueprint for everything, they set out to make music that models a society they actually want to live in.

As the show unravels into a dreamlike explosion of song and dance, the audience steps into a creative role. NOISE is a participatory theatrical celebration that sings across the history of music, and into the future, in a collective effort to invent a better world.

The brainchild of writer/composer César Alvarez (, NOISE is directed by Sarah Benson and created by an interdisciplinary team of collaborators. The Hop brings this brilliant, open-hearted production to life, presented as a special engagement at Northern Stage. 

It's an incisive and joyful new work. A musical-in-the-making. And kind of a party.

Produced and Commissioned by the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth with support from Northern Stage. 
NOISE was previously commissioned by The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons Theater School/NYU and developed with Andrew Neisler. Generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Fund.

Please Note: Synthetic fog and strobe lights are used during this performance.

From the Hopkins Center's Executive Director

The Hop is a hub for artistic innovation where Dartmouth faculty and resident artists gather to experiment and create original productions like César Alvarez's NOISE that asks questions about the power of the arts to make a better world, and even challenges our ideas of what makes a musical. This first collaboration with Northern Stage gives us the opportunity to connect more deeply with our Upper Valley community and build new ways to sustain those connections. Northern Stage has been a steadfast partner in bringing this bold, dynamic production to life and to sharing it with our community. We hope this exciting partnership will be the first 
of many.

Howard Gilman '44 Executive Director
Mary Lou Aleskie

Special Thanks

The Hop would like to thank Carol Dunne, Jason Smoller, Brian Sekinger, Milena Zuccotti and the entire Northern Stage community.

The creators of NOISE would like to extend a special thanks to: Julia Waswo, Sally and Joe Alvarez, Maggie Orling, Scot Zens and Vanessa Rule, Katie McCabe, Upper Valley Food co-op, BJ Miller and The Newton School for donating the desks and chairs, Jason Loomis, Andrew Neisler, Anti-Gravity Academy, 5 Ohm Productions, Zac Manuel, Missie Winston Liu, Maureen Short, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Issac Roth and Jamie Emerick for the tools, Jean Andzulis, everyone at the Hopkins Center and Northern Stage for their trust and commitment to this piece, and every artist and kind soul who has been part of the seven-year development of this musical. Thank you! For a full list of all the artists that have worked on NOISE since 2016 visit

Connecting Artists to the Community

The artists take part in a public talk before the performance at Putnam's Vineyard in White River Junction on Friday, July 28, at 6:15 pm. Show this playbill or your ticket stub to get $5 off a wine bottle to take home or 15% off the bar tab.

César Alvarez is changing the American musical form, and the world.

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César Alvarez
Author/Musical Director
Sarah Benson
Osh Ashruf
Musical Producer
Miranda Gohh
Line Producer
Rachel Bernsen
Emily Orling
Set/Prop Design
Hahnji Jang
Costume Design
Stacy Derosier
Lighting Design
Eamon Goodman
Sound Design
Piper Hill
Associate MD
Charles Peoples III
Assistant Director
Eliza Anastasio
Stage Manager

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