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Book and Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson Based on the novel "Cry The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton Music by Kurt Weill

Maxwell Anderson | Broadway MUSICAL | large 35 plus

  • About the Show

    For his final Broadway score, Kurt Weill gave passionate voice to this powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. The stirring story is of two aging men-a black country parson and a white British planter-drawn into friendship by a shared grief. The parson's faith is challenged by his son's unintentional murder of the planter's son, while the planter acquires faith through the loss of his son. Sadly, the years have not diminished the timeliness of the theme, which is the tragedy of all people, whether black or white, rich or poor, young or old.

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    Musical Numbers

    1. The Hills Of Ixopo (Leader, Answerer)
    2. Chorus Exit (Leader, Answerer)
    3. Thousands Of Miles (Stephen Kumalo)
    4. Incidental Music (Stephen Kumalo)
    5. Train To Johannesburg (Stephen Kumalo, Station Master, Young Woman, Young Man, Arthur Jarvis)
    6. Change Of Scene (Stephen Kumalo, Station Master, Young Woman, Young Man, Arthur Jarvis)
    7. The Search (Stephen Kumalo, Chorus)
    8. Change Of Scene (Stephen Kumalo, Chorus)
    9. The Little Gray House (Stephen Kumalo, Chorus)
    10. Who'll Buy? (Linda)
    11. Change Of Scene (Linda)
    12. Trouble Man (Linda)
    13. Murder In The Parkworld (Matthew Kumalo, Chorus)
    14. Fear! (Matthew Kumalo, Chorus)
    15. Change Of Scene (Matthew Kumalo, Chorus)
    16. Change Of Scene (Matthew Kumalo, Chorus)
    17. Lost In The Stars (Stephen Kumalo)
    18. Entr'acte (Stephen Kumalo)
    19. The Wild Justice (Stephen Kumalo)
    20. O Tixo, Tixo Help Me (Stephen Kumalo)
    21. Stay Well (Irina)
    22. Change Of Scene (Irina)
    23. The Wild Justice (Reprise) (Irina)
    24. Cry, The Beloved Country (The Judge, Leader, Stephen Kumalo, Absalom Kumalo)
    25. Big Mole (Alex)
    26. Incidental Music (Alex)
    27. A Bird Of Passage (Stephen Kumalo)
    28. Four O'clock (Stephen Kumalo)
    29. Finale (Stephen Kumalo)

    Casting Information

    PRINCIPALS
    1 Woman
    4 Men
    1 Boy
    FEATURED
    1 Woman
    5 Men
    ENSEMBLE
    Singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles and children.
    CHARACTER LIST
    Leader
    Answerer
    Stephen Kumalo
    Grace Kumalo
    Nita
    Stationmaster
    Young Man
    Young Woman
    James Jarvis
    Arthur Jarvis
    Edward Jarvis
    John Kumalo
    Paulus
    William
    Jared
    Alex
    Foreman
    Mrs. Mkize
    Hlabeni
    Mark Eland
    Linda
    Matthew Kumalo
    Johannes Pafuri
    Absalom Kumalo
    Rose
    Irina
    Servant
    Policeman
    White Man
    White Woman
    The Guard
    Burton
    The Judge
    Parishioners
    McRae
    Villager
    Singers

    Rehearsal Set

    20 Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 Piano Vocal Scores

    Forthcoming Attractions

    University of the Witwatersrand
    Wits Amphitheatre
    4-14 February 2009

Partners & Associates

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