The Gift of the Magi (Ekstrom)

by  O. Henry, Peter Ekstrom

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

An adaptation of the classic O. Henry short story, told through music and lyrics, of the young couple in New York on Christmas Eve 1905, who loved each other so much that each sold his most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas present.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This tells the classic O. Henry short story, through music and lyrics, of the young couple in New York on Christmas Eve 1905, who loved each other so much that each sold his most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas present. Their special gifts bring a touching reaffirmation of their unselfish love. Published with The Last Leaf in An O. Henry Christmas. The vocal score is available separately.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Della and Jim's apartment in New York City, Christmas Eve.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Overture
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Tomorrow is Christmas
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If We Had Money
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Look at My Watch
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What Can I Give Him?
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Madame Sofron
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Della Returns
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Your Hair is Gone!
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Jim and Della Open Their Gifts
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Casting

1m, 1f
DELLA - A young woman.
JIM - Her husband.
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Full Package

3 Piano/Vocal Scores

Flute
Harp
Cello

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Authors

O. Henry

O. Henry

Peter Ekstrom

PETER EKSTROM was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Painesville. He received a B.A. from Antioch College in 1973. Five years later he went down the Mississippi on a raft from St. Louis to New Orleans with the Otrabanda Troupe, stopping to do shows in 32 towns along the way. For Actors T ...

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