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Hans Christian Andersen's The Flea and the Professor - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Hans Christian Andersen's The Flea and the Professor

Jordan Harrison, Hans Christian Andersen, Richard Gray

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573700958

A musical adaptation by Jordan Harrison
Music by Richard Gray
Lyrics by Jordan Harrison and Richard Gray

Adapted from the last story by master author Hans Christian Andersen, this new musical odyssey celebrates friendship, whimsy, and the excitement of the unknown.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - A 19th century circus theater.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

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

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2011 Barrymore Awards, Best Production of a Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Official Selection! The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival
A young professor loses just about everything in the world - everything, that is, except for the flea who lives in his vest. Starting over again, the professor and the flea become the best of friends, start a circus act, and set off to tour the world. Together they must overcome shipwrecks, cannibals, and tickling. Adapted by Jordan Harrison and Richard Gray from the last tale by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, this new musical odyssey celebrates friendship, whimsy, and the excitement of the unknown.

REVIEWS

"Exciting, funny, and creatively imagined." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Splendid entertainment, boasting eye-popping design, a witty script, and marvelous performances. The Flea and the Professor is a lot of fun, thanks largely to its style and showmanship. Satisfies the adults in the audience without talking down to the children." - Talkin Broadway

"The musical is full of comical moments, touching scenes, adventure and delightful music." - Delaware County News

"The Flea and the Professor is the kind of entertainment capable of forcing young children to lift their sagging heads up out of their laps while also filling their tiny hearts with a wonder available nowhere but on a stage." - Out With the Kids

The Flea and the Professor was commissioned by the Arden Theatre Company and written with support from the Kesselring Fellowship at the National Arts Club and the New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Center. It received its world premiere at the Arden Theatre in Spring 2011 under the direction of Anne Kauffman.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CASTING NOTES

Very important: The Cannibals should not be depicted as a 19th-century European’s idea of natives. I think of them instead as a brash, nouveau-riche suburban California family with all the comforts money can buy. With a few strange twists to suggest that they are from some civilization heretofore out of contact with ours: Maybe they wear their clothes backwards, maybe they drink with their noses.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

THE FLEA - played by a big man
THE PROFESSOR - played by a little man
THE CANNIBAL PRINCESS - played by a woman of any size; big voice
THE CANNIBAL KING - her father; later he plays HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
THE CANNIBAL QUEEN - her mother
THE SEA CAPTAIN - also plays THE LOYAL SUBJECT
THE STORYTELLER - whose real name is Livia
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Vocal Score

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Author(s)
Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and ... view full profile

Hans Christian  Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales make up a necessary componenant to any collection of fairy tales. In fact, Andersen's life was like a fairy tale in many ways. Out of the poverty, hardship, and loneliness of his youth, he came to be one of the most honored men of his time. Many of the more than 160 fairy tales he wrote, including "The Ugly Duckling," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The ... view full profile

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