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Marie Christine

A powerful retelling of the tragic Medea myth set against the genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society, and boisterous Chicago.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, Marie Christine chronicles its doomed heroine's journey from her genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society through betrayal and incomprehensible vengeance in boisterous Chicago. This gripping tale of one headstrong and passionate young woman's all-consuming love for an ambitious sea captain provides a tour-de-force for its leading lady.

When it premiered at the esteemed Lincoln Center Theatre, the New York Daily News found it to be "A brilliant re-working of Medea [that] manages at once to make it fresh and to retain its gut-wrenching compulsion." Marie Christine was the final Broadway musical of the 20th century, an extraordinary creation that investigates unsettling mysteries of the psyche that are as old as the human condition itself.


"A brilliant reworking of Medea that manages at once to make it fresh and to retain its gut-wrenching compulsion."

New York Daily News

"A major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage."

San Francisco Examiner
Premiere Production: Marie Christine premiered on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on December 2, 1999. Directed by Graciela Daniele, the production starred Audra McDonald and featured Anthony Crivello, Vivian Reed, Keith Lee Grant, Darius de Haas and Mary Testa.
  • Casting: 8M, 10F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Minority casting, Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Medium

    JEAN - Marie Christine's elder brother
    PARIS - her other brother, younger than Jean
    LISETTE - Marie Christine's maid
    MAID #1
    MAID #2
    BEATRICE - Jean's fiance
    2 CHILDREN - three and five years old, the children of Marie Christine and Dante
    MAGDALENA - an entertainer
    2 "Daughters" - performers with Magdelena. Will also play the daughters of Esau Parker
    CHARLES GATES - Dante's financier
    LEARY - associate of Gates
    McMAHON - associate of Gates
    BARFLY #1
    BARFLY #2
    HELENA - daughter of Gates
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

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

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    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
    22 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 Piano Vocal Score
    1 x Reed I (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Soprano Sax)
    1 x Reed II (Bb Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Clarinet in A)
    1 x Reed III (Bb Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
    1 x Reed IV (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Bb Clarinet)
    2 x Violin I, II
    1 x Horn I
    1 x Horn II
    1 x Trumpet I (Bb Trumpet, Cornet)
    1 x Trumpet II
    1 x On Stage Percussion (Kalimba, Caxixi, Shakers, Bones, Bamboo, Clic Clak, Floor Bells, Legs, Ashiko, Bells, Bell Chimes, Rattle, Sleigh Bell, Chime, Ciyes, Talking Drum, Vibratone in C, Vibratone in E)
    1 x Viola
    1 x Cello
    1 x Bass
    1 x Percussion I
    1 x Percussion II
    1 x Piano

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm