Monday, April 27, 2015

THE VISIT

World Premiere in Chicago: October, 2001

Directed by Frank Galati - Book by Terrence McNally - Based on the Play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Choreography by Ann Reinking - Orchestrations by Michael Gibson

Cast: Chita Rivera (Claire Zachanassian), John McMartin (Anton Schell), Mark Jacoby, Ami Silvestre, Guy Adkins, Cristen Paige, McKinley Carter, Steven Sutcliffe, Tina Carron, Brian Herriott

The plot: Claire Zachanassian, the richest woman in the world, returns to her hometown, the economically devastated city of Brachen. When she was young she was forced to leave the city, because she was pregnant of her lover, Anton Schell, who refused to marry her. Now she promises to give all the money they need to save Brachen with one condition: she wants the life of Anton. The citizens decline her offer, but she tells them she’ll wait and soon everyone starts thinking of what they could do with her money, including Anton’s family. Anton’s fears for his life and decides to leave town, but a crowd of citizens don’t let him do it and he accepts his destiny.

Tracks: Out of the Darkness - At Last - A Happy Ending - You, You, You - I Know Claire - You Know Me - Look at Me - Look at Her - All You Need to Know - A Masque - Eunuchs' Testimony - Winter - Yellow Shoes - A Confession - I Would Never Leave You - Back and Forth - The Only One - Winter Reprise - Love and Love Alone - In the Forest Again



Broadway opening: April 23, 2015 - Run: still running

Directed by John Doyle - Book by Terrence McNally - Based on the Play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Choreography by Graciela Daniele - Orchestrations by Larry Hochman

Cast: Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, George Abud, Jason Danieley, Elena Shaddow, David Garrison, Diana DiMarzio, Matthew Deming, Mary Beth Peil, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, John Riddle, Michelle Veintimilla, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew

Tracks: Prelude - Out of the Darkness - At Last – I Walk Away - I Know Claire – A Happy Ending - You, You, You – I Must Have Been Something - Look at Me - A Masque - Eunuchs' Testimony - Winter - Yellow Shoes - A Confession -
I Would Never Leave You - Back and Forth - The Only One – Fear – A Car Ride - Love and Love Alone - In the Forest Again - Finale 

Awards Nominations: Tony Awards for Best Musical, Original Score, Book, Actress in a Leading Role (Chita Rivera) and Lighting Design. Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical, Book, Music, Lyrics, Actress (Chita Rivera), Director and Set Design. Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Book, New Score, Actress (Chita Rivera) and Lighting Design.

Photos by Joan Marcus & Thom Kaine




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