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James Joyce's The Dead

"Triumphant.... A theatrical treat that enchants, surprises and finally thrills with unexpected depth.... It is Joyce made manifest ... providing sequence after sequence of heart stopping drama."

The New York Post

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Senior, Adult
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (2000)
Adapted from Joyce's literary masterpiece set in 1904, the last and best known of the short stories collected in The Dubliners, this intimate musical portrays a homespun Yuletide party with Irish music, dancing, food, drink and good fellowship. Sparkling songs, many of them traditional sounding Irish melodies that are performed as entertainment by the partygoers, are all original.

Christopher Walken starred in a production that moved from Playwrights Horizon to Broadway.

REVIEWS:

"Triumphant.... A theatrical treat that enchants, surprises and finally thrills with unexpected depth.... It is Joyce made manifest ... providing sequence after sequence of heart stopping drama."

 The New York Post

"The season's hottest ticket.... An elegant ... marvelous job of musicalizing The Dead."

 The New York Daily News

"Achieves a soft spoken air of intimacy that has you leaning forward like a fascinated eavesdropper.... The Dead is quite revolutionary: a musical that dares to be different [and] successfully claims new ground.... It is a reason to celebrate."

 The New York Times

Premiere Production: James Joyce's THE DEAD first premiered Off Broadway at Playwright's Horizons in 1999. It then transferred to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in 2000.
  • Casting: 5M, 8F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • THE HOSTESSES
    AUNT JULIA MORKAN - a music teacher
    AUNT KATE MORKAN - her sister, also a music teacher
    MARY JANE MORKAN - their niece, also a music teacher
  • THE FAMILY
    GABRIEL CONROY - Julia and Kate's nephew
    GRETTA CONROY - Gabriel's wife
  • THE GUESTS
    MR. BROWNE - a friend of the Aunts
    FREDDY MALINS
    MRS. MALINS - Freddy's mother
    MISS MOLLY IVORS
    BARTELL D'ARCY - an opera singer
  • THE HELP
    LILLY - the maid
    MICHAEL - a music student of Mary Jane's
    RITA - another student of Mary Jane's
    CELLIST - a music student of Julia's
    VIOLINIST - a music student of Kate's
  • GHOST
    YOUNG JULIA MORKAN
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Chorus Book

    $24.00
    Libretto This is optional. Order Now

    Adapted from Joyce's literary masterpiece set in 1904, the last and best known of the short stories collected in The Dubliners, this intimate musical portrays a homespun Yuletide party with Irish music, dancing, food, drink and good fellowship. Sparkling songs, many of them traditional sounding Irish melodies that are performed as entertainment by the partygoers, are all original.

    $24.95
    Rehearsal Materials Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    14 x Chorus Books

    $60.00 +$60.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano/Conductor Score
    1 x Guitar
    1 x Percussion
    1 x Flute/Alto Saxophone
    1 x Oboe/English Horn
    1 x Violin
    1 x Cello
    1 x Keyboard (Synthesizer and Harmonium)

    $60.00 +$60.00/pm