Full Length Musical, Drama / 5m, 4f
Musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play.
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- Winner! 2008 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Musical
Winner! 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score
"CRITICS PICK! A brillant musical! A superb libretto by Loewith and Schmidt and music that gets under your skin and stays there." - New York Times, Read More
"Exciting and adventurous!" - NY Post, Read More
"THE BEST NEW MUSICAL of 2008!" - Time Out New York, Read More
"A marvel! Joshua Schmidt's music sneaks up on us until we are begging for more! Adding Machine dazzles!" - Bloomberg.com
"A masterpiece of expressionism. Brave and bold!" - Variety, Read MoreRELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTER
Mr. Zero's Journey: ADDING MACHINE, A MUSICAL
by Ben Coleman
November 25, 2014
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: 1920s
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: Here and the afterlife. An American city in the 1920s.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Operetta
- Vocal Demands: Difficult
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Small
MR. ZERO (Tenor/Baritone) - Male, 40s-50s. "Antihero" who murders his boss after being replaced by an adding machine after 25 years on the job.
MRS. ZERO (Soprano) - Female, 45. Mr. Zero's wife of 25 years. Chronic complainer and gossipy unkempt housewife.
DAISY DOROTHEA DEVORE (Mezzo Soprano) - Female, middle-aged. Mr. Zero's assistant book-keeper who is infatuated with him.
SHRDLU (Tenor) - Male. Jailmate who bears a great amount of guilt and confides in Mr. Zero.
THE BOSS (Same actor plays FIXER & CHARLES; does not sing) - Male, middle-aged. BOSS: Mr. Zero's boss. Informs Mr. Zero about his termination which results in his own death. FIXER: an allegorical figure with wings suggesting an angel. Points out Zero's life has been worthless. CHARLES: An immortal, he functions in the place where souls are prepared for reincarnation and is charged with dispatching Zero back to earth
SOPRANO (MRS. ONE/MAE/PRISONER’S WIFE)
ALTO (MRS. TWO/BETTY/MATRON)
TENOR (MR. ONE/PRISONER)
BASS (MR. TWO/PRISON GUARD)
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Plus SATB chorus
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Piano/Vocal Score
9 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Media CD
Full Conductor’s Score
Adding Machine: A Musical was developed and received its world premiere at the Next Theatre Company, Artistic Director Jason Loewith.
Adding Machine: A Musical was produced in New York by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Margaret Cotter at the Minetta Lane Theatre,opening night February 25, 2008.