Nine (Ensemble Version)

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Nine (Ensemble Version)

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  16f, 1m, 1boy(s)

Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti

This new flexible-casting version of the Tony Award-winning musical – a sterling stage adaptation of Fellini's 8½ – has an updated score and can be performed by a smaller cast.

Image: 2003 Roundabout Theatre Company Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    16f, 1m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Five 1982 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score
    Winner! Seven 1982 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Lyrics and Music
    Winner! Two 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical
    Winner! Three 2003 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical
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Summary

Celebrated but impetuous film director Guido Contini, succumbing to the pressures of filming his latest film epic (a musical version of the Casanova story), suffers a midlife crisis. One by one, women from his past and present – including his mother, his wife, his mistress, and his leading lady – haunt, instruct, scold, seduce and encourage him until he finally learns to grow up.

This new Ensemble version of the hit Broadway musical has an updated score and offers more flexible casting for productions featuring fewer performers.

Nine was also adapted into a major motion picture from Rob Marshall, the acclaimed director of the 2002 film version of Chicago. Of the Broadway musical, Marshall said it is "a sumptuous and emotional work that translates naturally to the film musical genre because of its seamless relationship between fantasy and reality." Composer and lyricist Maury Yeston worked on the film adaptation and created three new songs for the movie musical, which was released in December, 2009.

History
Nine opened at the 46th St. Theater on Broadway on May 9th, 1982. Directed by Tommy Tune, it starred Raul Julia and featured Karen Akers, Shelly Burch, Anita Morris and Lilianne Montevecchi. In 2003, the show returned to Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Directed by David Leveaux, the revival starred Antonio Banderas and featured Mary Stuart Masterson, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and Chita Rivera.
GUIDO CONTINI
LITTLE GUIDO
LUISA
CARLA
GUIDO’S MOTHER
NECROPHORUS
LA FLEUR
DIANA
SOFIA
MARIA
OLGA
LINA
ANNABELLA
OUR LADY OF THE SPA
AMERICAN REPORTER
BRITISH REPORTER
GERMAN REPORTER
GIULIETTA
RENATA
SPA PEOPLE
GUIDO’S ORCHESTRA
JULIETTE
CARDINAL
SARAGHINA
CLAUDIA
GERMANS
MAMA MADDELENA
BOUDOIR LADIES
BEATRICE
CASANOVA
BOUDOIR NUNS
  • Time Period 1960s
  • Setting 1960s. Venice, Italy.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes
    • Smoking

Media

“A galloping fantasy [with a] ravishingly inventive and tuneful score.” – The New York Times

“A rich and thrilling night of theatre.” – The New York Post

“Has been impressively reborn... Yeston's score comes across with extraordinary power.” – New York Daily News

“An abundant musical, one which gleefully expands the limits of the theatre. A startling act of the imagination, independence and daring; and, hence, a show to treasure.” – WCBS-TV

Videos

  • Laura Benanti performs "Unusual Way"

  • "Be Italian" – Original Broadway Cast

  • "Overture delle Donne" and "Guido's Song" - 2003 Broadway Cast

Photos

  • Nine (Ensemble Version)

    Image: 2003 Roundabout Theatre Company Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Nine (Ensemble Version)

    Image: 2003 Roundabout Theatre Company Production (Joan Marcus)

Music

Music Samples

Act I

0. “Prologue” – Orchestra
1. “Overture” – Chorus
2. “After Overture” – Carla, Guido’s Mother, Chorus
3. “Spa Music” – Our Lady of the Spa, Chorus
4. “Not Since Chaplin” – Reporters, Giulietta, Renata, Spa People, Claudia
5. “Guido’s Song” – Guido, Chorus
5A. “La Fleur’s Entrance” – Orchestra
6. “My Husband Makes Movies” – Luisa
6A. “After ‘Movies’” – Orchestra
7. “A Call From The Vatican” – Carla
7A. “Western di Guido” – Chorus
7B. “The Bible” – Chorus
7C. “Documentary” – Chorus
8. “Only With You” – Guido, Claudia
8A. “After “Only With You” – Orchestra
8B. “Claudia” – Orchestra
8C. “The Critic” – Orchestra
9. “The Script” – Guido
10. “Folies Bergères” – La Fleur, Guido, Necrophorus, Chorus
10A. “Largo di Guido” – Orchestra
11. “Nine” – Guido’s Mother, Guido’s Aunts
12. “Samba di Guido” – Orchestra
13. “Chant di Guido” – Women
14. “Be Italian (Part 1)” – Sarraghina, Guido, Boys
14A. “Be Italian (Part 2)” – Sarraghina, Boys
14B. “Be Italian (Part 3)” – Orchestra
14C. “Be Italian (Part 4)” – Sarraghina, Chorus
15. “The Bells of St. Sebastian” – Guido, Chorus

Act II

16. “Beach Scene” – Orchestra
16A. “A Man Like You” – Claudia, Guido
17. “Unusual Way” – Claudia, Guido
18. “Contini Submits/Grand Canal” – Guido, Chorus
18A. “Tarantella I” – Guido, Chorus
18B. “Every Girl in Venice” – Our Lady of the Spa, Chorus
18C. “Marcia di Ragazzi” – Orchestra
18D. “Recitative & Aria: Amor” – Guido, Mama Maddelena, Chorus
18E. “Guido Nervoso I” – Orchestra
18F. “Critic and Mama” – Necrophorus, Guido's Mother
18G. “Guido Nervoso II” – Orchestra
18H. “Recitative & Cavatina: Only You” – Claudia, Guido, Chorus
18I. “Grand Canal Finale” – Chorus
19. “Simple” – Carla
20. “Be On Your Own” – Luisa
20A. “Luisa’s Exit” – Guido
21. “I Can’t Make This Movie” – Guido
22. “Waltz from Nine” – Orchestra
23. “Getting Tall” – Little Guido
24. “Reprises” – Guido, Luisa, Little Guido, Chorus
25. “Bows” – Orchestra
26. “Exit Music” – Orchestra

Reed 1 (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute)

Reed 2 (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)

Reed 3 (Bassoon)

Horn

Trumpets 1&2

Trombone

Drums/Percussion (Drum Set, Chimes, Triangle, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal, Timpani, Cymbal, Wood Block, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Gong, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Snare Drum)

Keyboard

Harp

Violins 1&2

Viola

Cello

Bass

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult

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1 Piano-Vocal
19 Vocal Book

1 Full Score

1 Reed 1

1 Reed 2

1 Reed 3

1 Horn

2 Trumpets 1&2

1 Trombone

1 Drums/Percussion

1 Keyboard

1 Harp

2 Violins 1&2

1 Viola

1 Cello

1 Bass

1 Piano-Vocal
19 Vocal Book

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Authors

Arthur Kopit

Arthur Kopit (1937-2021), throughout a career spanning seven decades, authored an extraordinary string of admired, acclaimed and award-winning stage works, beginning with Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, which Jerome Robbins directed on ...

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Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston’s music and lyrics include his internationally acclaimed Broadway musicals Nine and Titanic (both of which earned him Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Musical, as well as Grammy nominations) and Grand Hotel (Tony nomination, Olivier Award). The Broadway reviva ...

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Mario Fratti

Mario Fratti, professor emeritus of Italian literature at Hunter College, is an internationally acclaimed playwright and drama critic. Author of such works as Suicide, The Cage, The Return, The Academy, Mafia, and The Bridge, he is best known for his musical Nine (inspired by ...
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