Full Length Musical
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
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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.