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Adding Machine: A Musical - Full Length Musical, Drama

Adding Machine: A Musical

Elmer Rice, Joshua Schmidt, Jason Loewith

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Full Length Musical, Drama

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573663024

Composed by Joshua Schmidt
Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Based on the play The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice
Musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play.
$9.95
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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Fantasy, Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Experimental

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - Here and the afterlife. An American city in the 1920s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2008 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Musical
Winner! 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score
Darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful, Adding Machine, a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play, tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. In a vengeful rage, he murders his boss. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero's journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption.


REVIEWS
"CRITICS PICK! A brillant musical! A superb libretto by Loewith and Schmidt and music that gets under your skin and stays there."
New York Times, Read More 

"Exciting and adventurous!" - NY Post, Read More 

"THE BEST NEW MUSICAL of 2008!" - Time Out New York, Read More 

"A marvel! Joshua Schmidt's music sneaks up on us until we are begging for more! Adding Machine dazzles!" - Bloomberg.com

"A masterpiece of expressionism. Brave and bold!" - Variety, Read More 


RELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Mr. Zero's Journey: ADDING MACHINE, A MUSICAL
by Ben Coleman
November 25, 2014


Adding Machine: A Musical was developed and received its world premiere at the Next Theatre Company, Artistic Director Jason Loewith.

Adding Machine: A Musical  was produced in New York by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Margaret Cotter at the Minetta Lane Theatre,opening night February 25, 2008.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Plus SATB chorus

CHORUS SIZE

Small

MR. ZERO (Tenor/Baritone) - Male, 40s-50s. "Antihero" who murders his boss after being replaced by an adding machine after 25 years on the job. 
MRS. ZERO (Soprano) - Female, 45. Mr. Zero's wife of 25 years. Chronic complainer and gossipy unkempt housewife. 
DAISY DOROTHEA DEVORE (Mezzo Soprano) - Female, middle-aged. Mr. Zero's assistant book-keeper who is infatuated with him.  
SHRDLU (Tenor) - Male. Jailmate who bears a great amount of guilt and confides in Mr. Zero. 
THE BOSS (Same actor plays FIXER & CHARLES; does not sing) - Male, middle-aged. BOSS: Mr. Zero's boss. Informs Mr. Zero about his termination which results in his own death. FIXER: an allegorical figure with wings suggesting an angel. Points out Zero's life has been worthless. CHARLES: An immortal, he functions in the place where souls are prepared for reincarnation and is charged with dispatching Zero back to earth

CHORUS:
SOPRANO (MRS. ONE/MAE/PRISONER’S WIFE)
ALTO (MRS. TWO/BETTY/MATRON)
TENOR (MR. ONE/PRISONER)
BASS (MR. TWO/PRISON GUARD)

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Difficult

1 Piano/Vocal Score
9 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Media CD

Full Conductor’s Score
Synthesizer
Percussion
Song Samples

01 Prelude

02 Something to Be Proud Of

03 Harmony, Not Discord

04 Office Reverie

05 Movin' Up-In Numbers

06 In Numbers

07 I'd Rather Watch You

08 The Party

09 Zero's Confession

10 Ham and Eggs!

11 Didn't We

12 I Was a Fool

13 The Gospel According to Shrdlu

14 Death March

15 A Pleasant Place

16 Shrdlu's Blues

17 Daisy's Confession

18 I'd Rather Watch You (Reprise)

19 Freedom!

20 Freedom! (Reprise)

21 The Music of the Machine

Videos
  • Mr. Zero at Work

  • Freedom

  • Clifford Morts as Mr. Zero

Author(s)
Elmer Rice

Elmer Rice

Elmer Rice (born Sept. 28, 1892, New York City—died May 8, 1967, Southampton, Hampshire, Eng.) was an American playwright, director, and novelist noted for his innovative and polemical plays. Rice graduated from the New York Law School in 1912 but soon turned to writing plays. His first work, the melodramatic On Trial (1914), was the first play to employ on stage the motion-picture technique of ... view full profile

Joshua Schmidt

Joshua Schmidt

Josh Schmidt is the award-winning composer of Adding Machine (Lucille Lortel Award - Best Musical; Outer Critic’s Circle Award - Best Score & Best Off-Broadway Musical; Joseph Jefferson Award - Best Musical; as well as 4 Obie Awards, 9 Drama Desk nominations, and Drama League nomination for Best Musical). Adding Machine was also heralded as one of the ten best events of 2008 in The New York Times, ... view full profile

Jason Loewith

Jason Loewith

Jason Loewith produced and co-wrote the world premiere of Adding Machine: A Musical at Next Theatre Company, where he served as Artistic Director from 2002-2008. The show ran six months Off-Broadway, winning Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New Musical of the Season, as well as four OBIE Awards for direction, design, and performance; and is published by Samuel French. At ... view full profile

Other Jason Loewith titles:

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Reviews
Jan Rosenberg 4/18/2013 10:55 PM
Ever feel like you want to kill your boss? Lately, Mr. Zero does. He's spent twenty five years at his mundane job, only to be replaced by a machine. On top of that, Mrs. Zero is really starting to get on his nerves.  In a fit of rage, he kills his boss and finds himself on trial in the afterlife. Equal parts unsettling and deliciously entertaining, 'Adding Machine' is the perfect "anti-musical". It's a welcomed change from the predictability of shows with more optimistic characters and show tunes. Joshua Schmidt has composed a  dissonant score that is reminiscent of Kurt Weil's 'Three Penny Opera' and Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd'. Who'd have thought that songs about wanting to kill your wife and maim your boss could evoke such haunting melodies? Though short-lived off broadway, 'Adding Machine' is an underground gem of a musical with a libretto that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.

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