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Adrift in Macao - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Adrift in Macao

Christopher Durang, Peter Melnick

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573663093

Book and Lyrics by Christopher Durang
Music by Peter Melnick
Set in 1952 in Macao, China, Adrift in Macaois a loving parody of film noir movies.
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Macao, China, 1952 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.


REVIEWS:

"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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March 10, 2016

ADRIFT IN MACAO: A Film Noir Takes The Stage
by Julia Izumi
May 28, 2015


Adrift in Macao premiered at the New York Stage and Film Company at Vassar College in July 2002.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

MITCH - Male, an American who has been framed for murder by a mysterious villain named McGuffin.
LUREENA - Blonde bombshell who gets hired to be a singer at a club her first night in Macao, China.
TEMPURA - Male, Asian, Club's piano player.
CORINNA - Female, Club's entertainer before Lureena.
RICK SHAW - Male, cynical surf and turf casino owner who hires Lureena to be his nightclub singer.
JOE - Male, bartender.
DAISY - Female, cigarette girl.
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Jazz

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

1 Piano/Vocal Score
8 Vocal Chorus Books

Piano/Conductor Score
Reeds (Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute)
Drums
Synthesizer
Bass
Song Samples

Prologue

In a Foreign City

Grumpy mood

Tempura's Song

Mister McGutfin

Pretty Moon Over Macao

Mambo Malaysian

Sparks

Adrift in Macao

So Long

Rick's Song

The Chase

I'm Actually Irish

Ticky Ticky Tock

Videos
  • Adrift in Macao

Author(s)
Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang's plays include The Idiots Karamazov (coauthored with Albert Innaurato), A History of the American Film (Tony nom.), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (off and on Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie's for playwriting, Jerry Zaks' directing, ensemble acting; Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing ... view full profile

Peter Melnick

Peter Melnick

Peter Melnick's musical Adrift in Macao, a parody of film noir written with librettist Christopher Durang, was presented Off-Broadway at Primary Stages after a successful and award-winning run at the Philadelphia Theater Company. The New York production earned Melnick a Drama Desk Award nomination for his music. Melnick also composed the score to Twyla Tharp’s Sextet and, with Bill Russell, wrote ... view full profile

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