Kiss of the Spider Woman

by  Manuel Puig, Terrence McNally, Fred Ebb, John Kander

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  15m, 3f

Winner! Multiple Tony® Awards including Best Musical!

"Thrilling."- The New York Times

"Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving....[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge."- N.Y. Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    15m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Kiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 1993 Tony® Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score
    WINNER! 1993 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical and Oustanding Music

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Thrilling.- The New York Times.

"Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving....[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge."- N.Y. Daily News.

"Creates an entire world out of a prison cell.... Dazzling."- Newsweek.

"Capture[s] the magic musicals were meant for."- Wall Street Journal.

"[A] show with a wild heart and a fresh eye."- N.Y. Newsday.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A prison in Latin America, sometime in the recent past

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

Prologue
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Her Name is Aurora
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Dressing Them Up
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Dear One
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Over the Wall
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Where You Are
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Marta
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Do Miracles
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My First Woman
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You Could Never Shame Me
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A Visit
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She's a Woman
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Gimme Love
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Russian Movie / Good Times
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The Day After That
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Mama, It's Me
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Anything For Him
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Kiss of the Spider Woman
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Only in the Movies
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Casting

15m, 3f
MOLINA
WARDEN
VALENTIN
ESTEBAN
MARCOS
SPIDER WOMAN / AURORA
MOLINA'S MOTHER
MARTA
RELIGIOUS PANATIC / PRISONER
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER / PRISONER
PRISONER FUENTES
GABRIEL / PRISONER
WINDOW DRESSER AT MONTOYA'S / PRISONER
AURORA'S MEN
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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score (Act I)
1 Piano/Conductor Score (Act II)
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Sax, Clarinet)
Reed III (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Oboe, English Horn)
Reed IV (Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
Horn I
Horn II
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trombone
Percussion (Bells, Bongos, Conga, Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Maraca, Marimba, Mark Tree, Shaker, Tambourine, Timpani, Vibraphone, Vibraslap, Xylophone, Xylorimba)
Drums
Keyboard I
Keyboard II
Viola I
Viola II
Cello
Bass

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Authors

Manuel Puig

Manuel Puig

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally's most recent collaboration is the book for The Visit at Arlington's Signature Theatre with score by John Kander and Fredd Ebb. His most recent play Unusual Acts of Devotion premiered at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2008. His play Deuce played on Broadway in the 2006-2007 season. His play Some M ...

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Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director, and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theatre community. Mr. Kander and Mr. ...

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John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he b ...

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Kiss of the Spider Woman premiered on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in May of 1993 under the direction of Harold Prince

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