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Queen Of The Mist

Based on an astounding and outrageous true story, Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Period Piece / Historical, Drama

  • Time Period: 1920s, 1900-1910, 1910s / WWI
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
Based on an astounding and outrageous true story, Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. 

Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. 

With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s signature complexity and insight, QUEEN OF THE MIST is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.

REVIEWS:

"...a bravura piece of music...”

"rich arrangements... surges to life with only imagination, a few props and a talented cast."

The Daily News

"...gorgeously haunting score… Pretty damn devastating and unquestionably beautiful."

NYTheatre.com

“Queen of the Mist is smarter than most musicals and certainly more musically engaging."

Exeunt

"a provocative score and inventive staging... an intriguing offering from the Transport Group."

Variety

“Queen of the Mist is a thrilling work... ingenious orchestrations... brilliant."

Capital

“...the gifted LaChiusa continue[s] to treat the musical as an American art form.”

Backstage

"spirited, witty melodrama”

Associated Press

“An imaginative new musical that is smartly crafted and distinctively composed... beautifully orchestrated..."

New Jersey News Room

“a very original and intelligent new musical”

The Examiner
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • ANNA ("ANNIE") EDSON TAYLOR
    MR. FRANK "TUSSY" RUSSELL - Anna’s manager

    Quintet (two women and three men to play the following:)
    JANE - Anna’s Sister (Soprano*)
    CARRIE NATION - (Alto*)
    A YOUNG SOLDIER - Mike Taylor (Tenor*)
    MAN WITH HIS HAND WRAPPED IN A HANDKERCHIEF - (Baritone*)
    A NEW MANAGER - (Bass*)

    OTHER ROLES PLAYED BY THE QUINTET - Mr. Mallardo, Mrs. Gumstock, Officer Darling, Panhandlers, a Train Conductor, a Carnival Barker, Blondin, Captain Nissen, Maud Willard, T.J. Preston, Ellen King, Charles Mason Dow, Mr. Rudetsky (a barrel copper), River Man, River Boy, Woman Reporter, a Spectator, A Blonde (Martha Frankenfuhrer), A New Manager, A Stage Manager.

    *Vocal Breakdown:
    SOPRANO: high g’s, h’s legit
    ALTO: high mix to d, some belt
    TENOR: high a, b’s legit
    BARITONE: to f
    BASS to low G

  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $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.

    2 x Keyboard I (Synth)
    1 x Keyboard II (Synth)
    1 x Reed (Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Sax, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
    1 x French Horn
    1 x Violin
    1 x Cello
    1 x Bass (Acoustic)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm