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Mozart in the Jungle

the-series-philosopher-Mozart_in_the_Jungle_title_cardMozart in the Jungle is a television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios. The pilot was written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death, Blunt Talk), and Alex Timbers and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy ). The show was given a production order in March 2014. It is considered a dramedy.

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.

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Gael García Bernal (El abuelo y yo) as Rodrigo De Souza
  • Lola Kirke as Hailey Rutledge
  • Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Cynthia Taylor
  • Hannah Dunne as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Campbell
  • Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) as Alex Merriweather (Seasons 1-2)
  • Malcolm McDowell (Entourage, Community, Heroes) as Thomas Pembridge
  • Bernadette Peters as Gloria Windsor (season 2; recurring, season 1)

Recurring cast

  • Debra Monk (Grey’s Anatomy) as Betty Cragdale
  • Mark Blum as Union Bob
  • Jennifer Kim as Sharon
  • Joel Bernstein as Warren Boyd
  • Nora Arnezeder as Anna Maria
  • John Miller as Dee Dee
  • Brennan Brown as Edward Biben
  • Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire, Life on Mars) as Nina
  • Makenzie Leigh as Addison
  • Margaret Ladd (Falcon Crest) as Claire
  • Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death, Blunt Talk) as Bradford Sharpe
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