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James Joyce's The Dead - Full Length Musical, Drama

James Joyce's The Dead

Shaun Davey, James Joyce, Richard Nelson

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Full Length Musical, Drama

5m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573627835

Book by Richard Nelson
Music by Shaun Davey
Lyrics by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey
"Triumphant.... A theatrical treat that enchants, surprises and finally thrills with unexpected depth.... It is Joyce made manifest ... providing sequence after sequence of heart stopping drama." - The New York Post

"The season's hottest ticket.... An elegant ... marvelous job of musicalizing The Dead." - The New York Daily News

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature), Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - The Misses Morkans' annual Christmas-time party. Dublin. Near the turn of the century.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Musical Book.
Adapted from Joyce's literary masterpiece set in 1904, the last and best known of the short stories collected in The Dubliners, this intimate musical portrays a homespun Yuletide party with Irish music, dancing, food, drink and good fellowship. Sparkling songs, many of them traditional sounding Irish melodies that are performed as entertainment by the partygoers, are all original. Christopher Walken starred in a production that moved from Playwrights Horizon to Broadway.

"Triumphant.... A theatrical treat that enchants, surprises and finally thrills with unexpected depth.... It is Joyce made manifest ... providing sequence after sequence of heart stopping drama." - The New York Post

"The season's hottest ticket.... An elegant ... marvelous job of musicalizing The Dead." - The New York Daily News

"Achieves a soft spoken air of intimacy that has you leaning forward like a fascinated eavesdropper.... The Dead is quite revolutionary: a musical that dares to be different [and] successfully claims new ground.... It is a reason to celebrate." - The New York Times

Jame's Joyce's THE DEAD first premiered Off Broadway at Playwright's Horizons in 1999. It then transferred to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in 2000.
Characters

CASTING

5m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

THE HOSTESSES
AUNT JULIA MORKAN - a music teacher
AUNT KATE MORKAN - her sister, also a music teacher
MARY JANE MORKAN - their neice, also a music teacher

THE FAMILY
GABRIEL CONROY - Julia and Kate's nephew
GRETTA CONROY - Gabriel's wife

THE GUESTS
MR. BROWNE - a friend of the Aunts
FREDDY MALINS
MRS. MALINS - Freddy's mother
MISS MOLLY IVORS
BARTELL D'ARCY - an opera singer

THE HELP
LILLY - the maid
MICHAEL - am music student of Mary Jane's
RITA - another student of Mary Jane's
CELLIST - a music student of Julia's
VIOLINIST - a music student of Kate's

GHOST
YOUNG JULIA MORKAN

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

14 Piano/Vocal Scores

Flute/Alto Saxophone
Oboe/English Horn
Percussion
Guitar
Keyboard (Synthesizer and Harmonium)
Piano
Violin
Cello

Full Conductor Score available upon request (additional fees apply)
Song Samples

Overture

Killarney's Lakes

Kate Kearney

Parnell's Plight

When Lovely Lady

The Three Jolly Pigeons

Goldenhair

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