Full Length Musical
Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 1950s
Settings Of Play - Macao, China, 1952
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Appropriate for all audiences
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre
Nominee! Drama Desk Award for Best Music
Set in 1952 in Macao, China, Adrift in Macao is a loving parody of film noir movies. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out.
The characters include your film noir standards, like Laureena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner her first night in town. She ends up getting a job singing in his night club – perhaps for no reason other than the fact that she looks great in a slinky dress. And don't forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin.
With songs and quips, puns and farcical shenanigans, this musical parody is bound to please audiences of all ages.
"And there are of course those songs...Melnick demonstrates an affinity for melody and old-fashioned showmanship that link him to his grandfather, Richard Rodgers..." - Talkin' Broadway.com
"...With a drop-dead funny book and shamefully silly lyrics by Christopher Durang and lethally catchy music by Peter Melnick. A Drift In Macao lovingly parodies the Hollywood film noir classics of the 1940's and 50's..." - BroadwayWorld.com
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Adrift in Macao premiered at the New York Stage and Film Company at Vassar College in July 2002.