8.8/101 Votes Alchetron
Theme music composer Roger Neill
First episode date 6 February 2014
Country of origin United States
Network Amazon.com, Inc.
Cast Gael García Bernal
|Based on Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
by Blair Tindall|
Developed by Roman Coppola Jason Schwartzman Alex Timbers Paul Weitz
Starring Lola Kirke Gael García Bernal Saffron Burrows Bernadette Peters Peter Vack Hannah Dunne Malcolm McDowell
Opening theme "Lisztomania" by Phoenix
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Similar I Just Want My Pants Back, Transparent, Nurse Jackie, Franklin & Bash, Lipstick Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle is a comedy-drama web television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios. It was created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers, and directed by Paul Weitz. The show was given a production order in March 2014.
- Saffron burrows on mozart in the jungle and the golden globes series nomination
- Main cast
- Recurring cast
The story was inspired by Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, oboist Blair Tindall's 2005 memoir of her professional career in New York, playing various high-profile gigs with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic and the orchestras of numerous Broadway shows. The series stars Gael García Bernal as Rodrigo, a character based on conductor Gustavo Dudamel, as well as Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne, Peter Vack, and Bernadette Peters.
The first season premiered in full on December 23, 2014. The show's renewal for a second season was announced by Amazon on February 18, 2015. All episodes of the second season were made available online on December 30, 2015. On February 9, 2016 a third season was announced. On August 7, 2016, the official Mozart in the Jungle Twitter account announced that season three would premiere on December 9, 2016. All episodes of the third season were made available online on December 9, 2016. On January 30, 2017, Amazon announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.
Saffron burrows on mozart in the jungle and the golden globes series nomination
The many oboe solos played by the protagonist and other characters throughout the series are performed by Lelie Resnick, principal oboist of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, while the character of Rodrigo is loosely based on Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Dudamel coached García Bernal before the latter conducted, in the character of Rodrigo, for a real performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, scenes of which were used for the second season opener. Dudamel has a cameo in that episode, acting as a stagehand trying to convince Rodrigo to move to Los Angeles. Other musicians that have cameos in the series are violinist Joshua Bell, pianists Emanuel Ax and Lang Lang, composers Anton Coppola and Nico Muhly, Broadway star Brian d'Arcy James and conductors Alan Gilbert and Bernard Uzan. Also seen in a cameo is Blair Tindall, oboist and writer of the book on which the series is based.
The first season of the series has received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 'fresh' 95% rating based on 20 critic reviews, with the critical consensus "Though confined to the isolated world of classical music, Mozart in the Jungle's Gael Garcia Bernal makes this charming little show sing." Metacritic gave the series a 73 out of 100, indicating 'generally favorable reviews.' Cory Barker, writing for TV.com, praised the series. "What works so well is that Mozart isn't afraid to throw you into a world you're likely unfamiliar with, but it doesn't swim so far into the deep end that you immediately drown in jargon and distanced dramatic stakes." Robert Lloyd, writing for The Los Angeles Times, also lauded the first season. He stated that "Characters who were mouthpieces for attitudes start to seem like people, more complicated than a thumbnail description can accommodate. You grow interested in what will become of them without expecting or rooting for any particular outcome." Kory Grow of Rolling Stone also praised the series, writing that "[t]hanks to quirky scripts and a smart ensemble cast... it comes off whimsical without ringing off-pitch."
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the first season a positive review. "Bernal is both likable and magnetic, and makes the eclectic maestro surge on the screen. He alone is worth streaming the series, but, thankfully, there's a lot more going on here." Brian Lowry, writing for Variety, also lauded the series. "While Mozart is surely a niche confection, the show generally shines by proving long on charm even when it's short on laughs." In a more mixed review, Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a "B-". He praised the series in general while stating that it paled in comparison to Transparent. "The latest talent-rich, lo-fi binge from Amazon Studios falls far short of the high notes hit by the upstart TV player's sublime comedy-drama Transparent, but it's pleasing enough to hold you."