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Tale of Two Cities, A, the Musical (Broadway version) - Full Length Musical, Drama

Tale of Two Cities, A, the Musical (Broadway version)

Jill Santoriello, Charles Dickens

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Full Length Musical, Drama

ISBN: 9780573696893

Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a classic story about love, revolution, and redemption. 
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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature), Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 18th Century

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is the perfect addition to any theatre's season! Appropriate for all ages and audiences, this classic story of love, revolution, and redemption is what the Associated Press called, "the return to the era of big blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom, and Miss Saigon.


REVIEWS:

"A Broadway must see! Everything is here to stir the soul—young love, purity, vengeance, villainy, valor—all played out against that historic revolution."The Connecticut Post

"The return to the era of big blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom, and Miss Saigon." - The Associated Press


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER:

Music, Tragedy, Love: The Story of A TALE OF TWO CITIES
by Courtney Kochuba with Elizabeth Minski
March 13, 2015

Tracing Dickens: A Tale of Two Centuries of Impact
by Matt Levy
July 24, 2012

Characters

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

There are 11 Principle Roles (7 Men, 3 Women, 1 Little Girl) and 9 featured Ensemble roles. A minimum of 4 Men and Women are required for ensmeble, 6 Men and 6 Women preferred for 3-part singing in places.

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

DR. ALEXANDRE MANETTE - French docotor unjustly imprisoned in the Bastille for 17 years. Father of Lucie (Bari/tenow sings to a G)

LUCIE MANETTE - Manette's young daughter. Thought orphaned as a child. Loved by Darnay and Carton (Soprano sints to Bb)

MR. JARVIS LORRY -
English banker who adopts the Manettes as a surrogate family (non-singing)

MISS PROSS -
Lucie Manette's no-nonsense english nanny and friend (singing optional)

JACQUES #1 AND 2/ ENSEMBLE -
2 French peasants working toward revolution

GASPARD/ENSEMBLE -
French peasant whose child is run down by the Marquis St. Evremonde. (Baritone)

LITTLE GASPARD/ENSEMBLE -
Gaspard's little boy, killed by the carriage of Marquis.

MADAME THERESE DEFARGE -
Patient wide of Defarge who supports his dream of revolution in France (Strong belt; must belt/mix to E)

ERNEST DEFARGE -
Manette's old servant. Wine merchant and budding revolutionary (Bari-tenor sings to G/optional A)

MARQUIS ST. EVREMONDE/ENSEMBLE -
Predatory, immoral French aristocrat. Uncle to Darnay (Baritone sings to F#)

GABELLE/ENSEMBLE -
Servant to the Marquis. Friend to Darney (Baritone)

CHARLES DARNAY
aka EVREMONDE - Good-hearted, upstanding young French aristocrat. Marries Lucie. (Bari-tenor sing to Ab)

JOHN BARSAD -
Turncoat English con-man and spy. In the pay of the Marquis. (Baritone)

JERRY CRUNCHER -
English off-job man for Mr. Lorry. Moonlights as a graverobber. (Baritone)

SYDNEY CARTON -
Drunken, careless English lawyer in love with Lucie Manette. (Baritone low G to G, 2 octaves)

STRYVER/ENSEMBLE -
Blustering senior barrister; Carton's employer. (Baritone)

ATTORNEY GENERAL/ENSEMBLE -
Smug showman prosecuter in cahoots with Barsad against Darnay. (Bass/Baritone)

CRONIES #1 AND #2/ENSEMBLE -
Jerry Cruncher's shovel wielding fellow graverobbers (solo singing)

MRS. CRUNCHER/ENSEMBLE -
Jerry's prayerful, nervous spouse

LITTLE LUCIE -
Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette's little girl. (solo singing)

FRENCH PRESIDENT/ENSEMBLE -
Presides over the Tribunal in Paris.

YOUNG MAN/ENSEMBLE -
Early to late teens, young peasant mortally wounded by the Marquis. (Tenor sings to A)

SEAMSTRESS/ENSEMBLE -
Timid, young woman unjustly condemned to die on the guillotine. (Lyric soprano sings to D)

TRUNKEY/ENSEMBLE -
Guard in the Parisian prison of La Force where Darnay is kept.

In addition to the featured ensemble roles above, the following smaller roles should also be cast from the Ensemble:
BAILIFF, JUDGE, SOLDIER, YOUNG WOMAN, MARQUIS' BROTHER, MARQUISE DE GARON, CHILD, NUMBER KEEPER.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Conductor’s Score Act 1
1 Conductor's Score Act 2
1 Piano Vocal Score
30 Vocal Chorus Books

1 Reed I (Flute)
1 Reed II (Oboe)
1 Reed III (Clarinet)
1 Reed IV (Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
1 Reed V (Bassoon)
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Tuba/Tbn.
1 Trombone 2
1 Percussion I (Drum Kit)
1 Percussion II
1 Keyboard I
1 Keyboard II
1 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
Song Samples

The Way It Ought to Be

You'll Never Be Alone

No Honest Way

I Can't Recall

Resurrection Man

Out of Sight Out of Mind

Little One

Until Tomorrow

The Tale

Without Word

Let Her Be A Child

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Author(s)
Jill Santoriello

Jill Santoriello

Jill Santoriello is the award-winning author of the 2008 Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which received several Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations including Outstanding New Musical. The sold-out 2012 Korean production of Tale received 9 Korean Musical Award nominations including one for Best Foreign Musical. The show had its Japanese premiere in Tokyo in 2013 and its ... view full profile

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Reviews
Katherine Meyer 9/5/2014 9:19 PM
I love this show so much that I have followed it around the world. I attended its world premiere in Sarasota, Florida, then three times on Broadway, then flew to Salt Lake City to see it at the Hale Center Theater and then flew to Ireland to see it performed in Galway. Every production shared a common thread: the cast and crew were as moved by the show as the audience. You cannot see this show without your heart and soul being swept away. It is a spiritual experience - and one that I want to have again very soon. The songs and story are not only beautifully written, but transport the depth of emotion of Charles Dickens' novel to soaring heights. Ms. Santoriello's A Tale of Two Cities is a magical journey that I hope everyone has the good fortune to experience again and again.
Amanda Brunk 8/21/2014 11:26 AM
We had the honour of mounting the Canadian premiere of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Jill Santoriello and it was definitely one of our best shows ever.  The music is stirring and emotional at every turn, and the plot moves swiftly and with energy, without sacrificing any key moments of the book.  Ms. Santoriello was involved with our production from the beginning and gave us the honour of her presence at opening night as well as giving a master class to the youth in the production.  It amazing me that this show is not more widely produced. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Amanda Brunk, producer
The Singer's Theatre
Kim Nisbett 5/31/2013 6:18 PM
I saw this show on Broadway and loved it.  Then our theatre produced it, and not only did I appreciate it even more while directing it, our cast and our audiences all thought it was phenomenal.  I still hear praises, over a year later, that it was their favorite show ever.  We sold out every show.  The music, lyrics, and plot are excellent, and the production can be easily done with a less is more set.  See video from our production at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oU3bVelYxC4

See video of the Broadway cast by searching YouTube

I can't recommend this show highly enough.

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