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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (musical)

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Productions  1995 Broadway
Composer  Bob Telson
First performance  15 June 1995
Lyrics  Graciela Daniele Jim Lewis Michael John LaChiusa (additional material)
Book  Graciela Daniele Jim Lewis Michael John LaChiusa (additional material)
Basis  Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
Adapted from  Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Playwrights  Michael John LaChiusa, Graciela Daniele, Jim Lewis
Lyricists  Michael John LaChiusa, Graciela Daniele, Jim Lewis
Similar  Michael John LaChiusa plays, Musicals

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a musical with a book and lyrics by Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis (and additional material by Michael John LaChiusa) and music by Bob Telson. It is based on Gabriel García Márquez's 1981 novella of the same name.

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Production

The musical premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on June 15, 1995, and played 37 performances and 28 previews before closing on July 16, 1995. The show was a presentation of Lincoln Center Theater, as part of their New Collaboration Series. The production was conceived, directed, and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. The original production starred Tonya Pinkins, Saundra Santiago as Angela Vicario and dancers George de la Peña (as Santiago), Alexandre Proia (as Bayardo San Roman), Gregory Mitchell and Luis Perez. It was nominated for three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, although it failed to win any awards.

Synopsis

In a small town in South America, Bayardo San Roman, a newly married man rejects Angela Vicario, his young bride when he discovers that she is not a virgin. She returns to her family home, where they make her reveal her lover. She names Santiago, the best friend of her brothers, who is actually innocent. They are determined to avenge the family honor by killing their best friend: a "death foretold."

Analysis

The show is called a "dance theatre" piece, "driven more by dance than by music." John Simon, writing in New York Magazine termed it a "dance-drama", with "dancing, singing, speaking, and posturing." The show has three songs and no actual book, with the "narrative propelled by dance."

Critical reception

Vincent Canby of The New York Times found the musical "a frequently stunning show that is less a conventional musical adaptation than a performance piece". Time magazine wrote that, despite the fact that in "the novella's passage from page to stage, something of its fateful weight has been forfeited", the musical was "smart, surrealistic and visually entrancing."

References

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (musical) Wikipedia


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