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Marie Christine

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  10f, 6m, 2boy(s)

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa

A powerful re-telling of the tragic Medea myth set against the genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society, and boisterous Chicago.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    10f, 6m, 2boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Marie Christine

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Summary
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.
History
This powerful re-telling of the tragic Medea myth by Michael John LaChiusa was hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as “A major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage.” Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, Marie Christine chronicles a 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 Theater, 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 is an extraordinary creation that investigates unsettling mysteries of the psyche as old as the human condition itself."

- Excerpted from "MAKE MINE RARE...BUT WELL DONE! ," as featured in Happy Talk, Volume 13, Issue 2 - Fall 2006
Cast Attributes
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
PRINCIPALS
6 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
4 Women
3 Men
2 Boys (non-speaking roles)

ENSEMBLE
Singing ensemble

CHARACTERS
Woman in Prison #1
Woman in Prison #2
Woman in Prison #3
Marie Christine L'Adresse
Marie Christine L'Adresse's Mother
Dante Keyes
Jean - Marie Christine's elder brother
Paris - her other brother, younger than Jean
Lisette - Marie Christine's maid
Maid #1
Maid #2
Gentleman #1
Gentleman #2
Beatrice - Jean's fiancée
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
Esau Parker
Charles Gates - Dante's financier
Leary - associate of Gates
McMahon - associate of Gates
Barfly #1
Barfly #2
Dante as an old man
Helena - daughter of Gates
  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

"A major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage."
San Francisco Examiner
"A brilliant reworking of Medea that manages at once to make it fresh and to retain its gut-wrenching compulsion."
New York Daily News

Music

Music Samples

1. "Before The Morning" - Prisoners 1, 2, 3; Women 1, 2; Marie Christine
2. "Mamzell' Marie" - Marie Christine, Marie Christine's Mother, Chorus-SATB
3. "Your Grandfather Is The Sun" - Marie Christine's Mother, Marie Christine
4. "Beautiful" - Marie Christine
5. "In An Instant" - Prisoners 1, 2, 3
6. "The Map Of Your Heart" - Paris, Jean, Marie Christine
7. "Way Back To Paradise" - Marie Christine
8. "When You Look At A Man" - Women Prisoners 1, 2, 3
9. "C'est L'Amour" - Marie Christine, Laundress, Debutante, Young Lover, Basses
10. "To Find A Lover" - Marie Christine, Chorus-SATB
11. "Dante's Sequence: The Adventure Never Ends" - Dante
12. "Dante's Sequence: Nothing Beats Chicago" - Dante
13. "Dante's Sequence: Ocean Is Different" - Dante
14. "Dante's Sequence: Danced With A Girl" - Dante
15. "Tout Mimi" - Lisette
16. "Miracles And Mysteries" - Marie Christine's Mother, Prisoners
17. "Tour Mimi (Reprise)" - Lisette
18. "I Don't Hear The Ocean" - Dante, Marie Christine
19. "Bird Inside The House" - Maid 1, 2; Gentlemen 1, 2
20. "All Eyes Look Upon You" - Jean
21. "A Month Ago He Comes Here" - Maid 1
22. "Danced With A Girl (Reprise)" - Dante
23. "We're Gonna Go To Chicago" - Dante, Marie Christine
24. "Never Fall Under The Spell/ Dansez Calinda" - Prisoners 1, 2, 3; Lisette
25. "And You Would Lie/ I Will Give You My Money" - Prisoners 1, 2, 3; Marie Christine; Women
26. "Finale Act I - Pierrot Part 1 (Opera Comique)" - Paris, Gentlemen 1 & 2
27. "Finale Act I - Part 2" - Chorus, Beatrice, Paris
28. "Finale Act I - Part 3" - Beatrice, Chorus, Gentlemen 1 & 2
29. "Five Years Up And Down The Coast" - Women in Prison, Marie Christine
30. "Cincinnati" - Magdalena, Daughters, Barfly 1 & 2
31. "You're Looking At The Man" - McMahon, Leary, Dante, Madgalena, Daughters, Men in Saloon, Women, Men, Barfly 1 & 2, Women in Prison
32. "The Scorpion" - Dante, Marie Christine
33. "Lover Bring Me Summer" - Marie Christine, Daughters
34. "Tell Me" - Marie Christine
35. "Billy Was Sweet/ There's A Rumor Goin' 'Round" - Magdalena
36. "Paradise Is Burning Down" - Magdalena, Women in Prison
37. "Prison In A Prison" - Marie Christine, Women in Prison
38. "Better And Best" - McMahon, Leary
39. "Good Looking Woman" - Gates, McMahon, Leary
40. "You Can Taste The Blood" - Prisoners 1, 2, 3
41. "No Turning Back" - Paris
42. "Silver Mimosa/ Before The Morning (Reprise)" - Lisette, Mother, Paris, Jean, Prisoners 1, 2, 3
43. "Marie Soliloquy" - Marie Christine
44. "Wedding" - Magdalena, Beatrice, Daughters, All Other Women, Tenors, Basses
45. "I Will Love You" - Marie Christine
46. "Helena's Death" - Dante
47. "Innocence Dies" - Marie Christine's Mother, Magdalena, Lisette, Daughters, Prisoners 1, 2, 3; All Other Women

Full Orchestration
Piano (Doubles Celeste , Synthesizer)
Reed I (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Soprano Sax)
Reed II (Bb Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Clarinet in A)
Reed III (Bb Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
Reed IV (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Bb Clarinet)
Horn I
Horn II
Trumpet I (Bb Trumpet, Cornet)
Trumpet II
Viola
Cello
Bass
Violin I&II
Onstage 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)
Percussion I
Percussion II
(Perc. 1&2 Instruments: Vibraphone, Small Triangle, Cymbal, Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Triangle, Glockenspiel, Teeny Triangle, Mark Tree, Tom Toms, Crotales, Temple Blocks, Piatti, Bass Drum w/ Mounted Cymbal, Tambourine, Vibra Slap, Gran Cassa, Maracas, Wood Block, Spoons, Cow Bell, Bell Tree, Conga, Hand Drum, Finger Cymbal, Tam Tam, Low Tom Tom, Chimes, Ratchet)

STRING NOTE: In the optional Full Score, there are synthesizer parts that augment the string parts in Act 1 only. These synthesizer parts are not in the Piano Book. In the original production of Marie Christine, these parts were not played.

  • Musical StyleOperetta
  • Dance RequirementsMinimal
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeMedium

Materials

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22 Libretto
22 Piano-Vocal
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Horn 1
1 Horn 2
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Percussion 1
1 Percussion 2
2 Violin 1&2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

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22 Libretto
22 Piano-Vocal
1 Logo Pack

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Authors

Michael John LaChiusa

Michael John LaChiusa – composer, lyricist and librettist – established himself as a powerful presence on the American musical theatre scene after winning Off-Broadway’s 1993 Obie Award for his musicals First Lady Suite and Hello Again. Six years later, LaChiusa was represent ...

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