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My Life with Albertine

The musical focuses on Proust's obsession with his red-haired mistress, Albertine. Departing from the typical 'boy meets girl' plot, it explores the darkness of jealousy.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1970 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Musical Theater Award for the Playwrights Horizons Production
    Winner! 2002 Gilman & Gonzalez-Fall Theater Foundation Musical Theater Award for the Playwrights Horizons Production
The musical focuses on Proust's obsession with his red-haired mistress, Albertine. Departing from the typical 'boy meets girl' plot, it explores the darkness of jealousy.

Young Marcel, the hero, irrationally believes that Albertine is having lesbian affairs while older Marcel (played by a different actor), reflects on this seminal period in his young life interacting with himself at 17. Simple lullabies and children's songs reflecting Marcel's childish character before his affair are juxtaposed with operatic dirges, capturing the tragic effect of his self-inflicted destruction of happiness.

This fascinating play preserves both the essence and themes of Proust's work.

REVIEWS:

"...MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE is a worthy and ambitious creation."

Andy Propst American Theatre Web

"Much of Gordon's music is pensive in nature, sometimes exquisitely so. His contemplative score often recalls salon music of the 1920s. Piano notes fall like teardrops. Throbbing cello and violin lines suggest quickening of breath."

Michael Sommers N. J. Star Ledger

"Gordon's music aims for the dark beauty and sophistication that Stephen Sondheim or Kurt Weill might have brought to a project like this..."

Elysa Gardner USA Today
  • Casting: 6M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: My Life With Albertine requires a strong cast of singers. The ensemble is traditional Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass, but they need to be good because the choral work is challenging, bringing the tenor to B-flat and the basses to G. They split up doing various roles -- The stroller, The Messengers, The Bathers. I leave that up to choice, but strongly suggest that a highly proficient group of singers be used for the cast of this show as its challenged are almost operatic. --Ricky Ian Gordon
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • NARRATOR - 40s
    MARCEL - 18-20
    ALBERTINE - 17-19
    GRANDMOTHER
    FRANCOISE
    ELSTIR
    COTTARD
    LIFT BOY
    MESSENGERS
    PIANIST
    ANDREE
    ROSEMONDE
    MLLE. LEA - a cabaret singer
    A YOUNG WOMAN
    THREE MEN
    ENSEMBLE - Strollers, bathers, mourners, cabaret audience, tango dancers, street singers, chorus: played by the company
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Book

    $24.00
    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $75.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Accordion
    1 x Cello
    1 x Piano
    1 x Percussion (Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Concert Tom Toms (high & low), Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Crotales, Mark Tree, Bell Tree, Tambourine (with skin), Tam Tam, Castanets, Slapstick, Cowbell, Ratchet, Wood Block, and Anvil)
    1 x Reed I (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed II (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax)
    1 x Tambourine (Euphonium)
    1 x Violin

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm