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Secret Garden, The - Full Length Musical, Drama

Secret Garden, The

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lucy Simon, Marsha Norman

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Full Length Musical, Drama

12m, 10f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573693618

Winner! 3 Tony® Awards

"Elegant, entrancing...The best American musical of the Broadway season." -Time
"A splendid, intelligent musical...It's all you can hope for in children's theatre. But the best surprise is that this show is the …

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Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Period

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - 1906. Colonial India and Misselthwaite Manor in North Yorkshire, England.


Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Appropriate for all audiences


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage


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Winner! 3 Tony® Awards
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
"Elegant, entrancing...The best American musical of the Broadway season." -Time

"A splendid, intelligent musical...It's all you can hope for in children's theatre. But the best surprise is that this show is the most adult new musical of the season."- USA Today

"A many splendored children's fable that neither cloys or loses grip on its unique spell."-Newsday

"Revels in theatrical imagination [and] achieves the irresistible appeal that moves audiences to standing ovations."-Christian Science Monitor



12m, 10f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Children, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


*These characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary's life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.



LILY - Mary's aunt, Mr. Craven's wife, now dead.
MARY LENNOW - a ten year-old girl.
MRS. MEDLOCK - Mr. Craven's housekeeper.
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN - Mr. Craven's brother.
MARTHA - a housemaid.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF - head gardener.
DICKON - Martha's brother.
COLIN CRAVEN - Archibald's ten year-old son.
MRS. WINTHROP - headmistress.
*ROSE LENNOX - Mary's mother.
*ALICE - Rose's friend.
*LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - officer in Mary's father's unit.
*LIEUTENANT SHAW - fellow officer.
*MAJOR SHELLEY - officer.
*MRS. SHELLEY - Major Shelley's wife.
*MAJOR HOLMES - officer.
*CLAIRE HOLMES - Major Holmes' wife.
*AYAH - Mary's Indian nanny.
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Classic Broadway



Piano/Conductor’s Score
Keyboard I
Keyboard II
Woodwind I (Flute, Piccolo, Recorders, Clarinet, Pan Pipes)
Woodwind II (Oboe, English Horn)
Woodwind III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
Horn I
Horn II
Violin I
Violin II
20 Chorus Books

Song Samples


There's A Girl

The House Upon The Hill

I Heard Someone Crying

If I Had A Fine White Horse

A Girl in the Valley

It's A Maze

Winter's On The Wing

Show Me The Key

A Bit of Earth

Storm I

Lily's Eyes

Storm II

Round-Shouldered Man

Final Storm

Girl I Mean To Be


Race You to the Top of the Morning


Come to My Garden / Lift Me Up

Come Spirit, Come Charm

A Bit of Earth (Reprise)

Hold On

Letter Song

Where In The World

How Could I Ever Know



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Lucy Simon

Lucy Simon

Lucy Simon is the composer of the musical Zhivago which had its premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. She made her Broadway debut in 1991 as the composer of The Secret Garden, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, the DramaLogue Award and a Grammy nomination for the recording of the score. She received two Grammy Awards for her In Harmony albums, which she co-wrote and produced. Ms. ... view full profile

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Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman - award winning playwright - won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play 'Night, Mother. In 1992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her book for the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, for which she also received a Tony nomination. The Color Purple is ... view full profile

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Matthew Lloyd 12/9/2013 8:50 PM
Kevin O'Malley 4/28/2013 1:05 PM
If you're looking for an intelligent musical that seamlessly entertains at the same time, this a garden that you will want to visit again and again. Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's THE SECRET GARDEN is widely renowned as one of the great page to stage musicals of the last century. The winner of three 1991 Tony Awards (including one for Ms. Norman's book), the classic tale of young Mary Lennox's journey continues to be a perfect fit for regional, summer stock and high school productions. Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, THE SECRET GARDEN follows Mary as she survives a deadly plague in India that kills her parents and forces her to live with her grief stricken Uncle Archibald in England. As both Mary and Archibald struggle to be a new family, they eventually find the light and the "bit of earth" they've been missing in the garden and each other. Right in line with Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, Ms. Norman and Ms. Simon seem to have effortlessly joined forces to bring the novel to life with a touching mix of loss, humor, and heart. With a sweeping score (you won't be able to forget "Lily's Eyes", trust me.) and a thrilling book that delves into the emotional psyche of many layered and tortured characters, THE SECRET GARDEN is a masterpiece that families and musical lovers will be able to cherish long after they leave the theater.
Jeremy Simmons 4/22/2013 10:55 PM
Upon reading The Secret Garden, three things will come forward immediately: the masterful adaptation of the original story, the integrated use of imaginary characters, and a sublimely Gothic score that alternately haunts and celebrates.

The Secret Garden offers itself readily as magical realism fit for a shah; it shines brightest when matched with an imaginative concept to fully harness the raw power and emotion bubbling at the root of Mary's circumstances.  Orphaned by tragedy, and given over to a different way of life completely forges a chain of resentment and uncertainty for more than just Mary.

Far more than escapism, The Secret Garden explores the imperfect and often troubled transition from child to adult while never settling for trite or easy answers, or relying on stock characters.  The power of life turns out to be the kind of love that believes all things, despite evidence to the contrary - and conquers in the end.

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