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Melancholy Play: a chamber musical - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Melancholy Play: a chamber musical

Sarah Ruhl, Todd Almond

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702969

In this chamber musical version of Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her...

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Illinois. The present moment. Many windows, a chaise, and several doors from which to enter and exit rapidly. A mirror. A potted palm. A chair. A few chandeliers. Or lamps. Perhaps a real balcony, opening into the night air.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
In this chamber musical version of Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours. Frances, Tilly’s hairdresser, becomes so melancholy that she turns into an almond. It is up to Tilly to get her back.





REVIEWS

”...could turn out to be quite a central pillar of the Ruhl canon… an extensive score from (Todd) Almond that, formatively at least, puts you in mind of some Stephen Sondheim chamber musical like "Passion," or maybe something by William Finn… the addition of music feels very organic to the work... you'd have no idea that was not the plan all along. The music adds to the considerable sensuality, and the notable wit, of the piece. This is a classy show [at Piven], with a sparse elegance.” - Chicago Tribune


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

The Simple Path of MELANCHOLY PLAY
by Todd Almond
May 29, 2015


Melancholy Play was first produced at the Piven Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Joyce Piven, opening on June 28, 2002, in Evanston, IL, directed by Jessica Thebus, music by Greg Hirte. Melacholy Play: a chamber musical was first produced by 13P at the Invisible Dog, in Brooklyn, directed by Davis McCallum.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CASTING NOTES

in addition to Matthew, the pianist, there is ideally a string quartet.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

FRANK - a tailor
TILLY - a bank teller
FRANCES - a hairdresser
JOAN - a British nurse
LORENZO THE UNFEELING - a psychiatrist
JULIAN - a musician
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Difficult

6 Piano/Conductor Scores

Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Song Samples

Tilly

Frances Explains to Joan about Her affair with Tilly

Beauty Shop

Frank and Tilly Make Love

I'm Happy Now

Tilly's Aria

Videos
  • Melancholy Play, Arbor Cafe trailer

Author(s)
Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by ... view full profile

Todd Almond

Todd Almond

Todd Almond is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. For The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater (a production in which he also starred as Ariel). His musicals include Girlfriend (Berkeley Rep., and Actors Theatre of Louisville, with songwriter Matthew Sweet, dir: Les Waters); Melancholy Play ... view full profile

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