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The Rink

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  3f, 5m

Book by Terrence McNally / Music by John Kander / Lyrics by Fred Ebb

In Coney Island, New York, Anna Antonelli's roller rink is about to be demolished. Just as her hopes seem dashed, Anna's estranged daughter Angel returns, bringing new hopes and reopening old wounds.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 5m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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Summary
This innovative musical is set in a sort of Coney Island of the mind, on the ragged fringe of the New York show-biz world. Anna Antonelli's roller rink is about to be demolished, and with it Anna's sour memories of her Lothario of a husband and her painfully shy daughter Angel. The rink becomes an arena in which mother and daughter examine their past, present and future. Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera originated the roles of Angel and Anna on Broadway.
History
The Rink was first presented on Broadway in February 1984 at the Martin Beck Theatre under the direction of AJ Antoon. It starred Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. 
Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Cautions
    • Drugs

Media

"The show-biz ego—stark, aggressive, manipulative, wheedling, insatiable—has found no more assiduous celebrators than the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. They have composed dozens of brassy ballads for gutsy ladies staking out their parcel of asphalt turf. No raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens for these guys. - Time

"Serious, innovative...provides much pleasure." - New York Post

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Authors

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1933–2004) was an award-winning lyricist, librettist and director who frequently and successfully collaborated with composer John Kander. Ebb's work for the theatre included Flora, The Red Menace; Cabaret; The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woma ...

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John Kander

John Kander is a Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning composer, a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award, and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. With frequent collaborator Fred Ebb, he composed the score to dozens of Broadway musicals, including Cabaret, Zorba, Chi ...

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Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally (1938-2020) was the recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2019 Dramatist Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2019 Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. ...

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