Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

October 23, 2011
4:30 – 6:00pm

Death Takes a Holiday

In 1924, Alberto Casella wrote the play La Morte in Vacanza, which was translated and adapted in 1929 by Walter Ferris and called Death Takes a Holiday. Frederick March starred in the 1934 film, with a remake in 1998 as Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt. Now it becomes a musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, and the book was adapted from the film by Peter Stone, continued after his death with Thomas Meehan.

It is 1921 and the Lamberti’s have been celebrating the engagement of their daugther Grazia. There is a car crash, and Grazia is thrown from the car but is unhurt. Later that night, Death pays a visit to the Duke, saying he has taken the body of the young Russian Prince Nilolai Sirki. He wants to learn what is it about human life that has people clinging to it so hard and have such a fear of death.

The show opened off-Broadway in June 2011 for a limited run through September 4. Reviews were fairly favorable.

Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston
Book: Peter Stone, Thomas Meehan

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