Vivian Beaumont Theatre, (12/02/1999 - 1/09/2000)

First Preview: Oct 28, 1999
Opening Date: Dec 02, 1999
Closing Date: Jan 09, 2000
Total Previews: 39
Total Performances: 42

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: A prison; various locations in and around Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, and Chicago. 1894-1899.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer)

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer); LCT Musical Theater Associate Producer: Ira Weitzman

A workshop of "Marie Christine" was produced by Graciela Daniele and Jules Fisher

Book by Michael John LaChiusa; Music by Michael John LaChiusa; Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Musical Director: David Evans

Directed by Graciela Daniele; Choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Associate Choreographer: Willie Rosario

Scenic Design by Christopher H. Barreca; Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Sound Design by Scott Stauffer; Hair and Wig Design by Linda Rice

LCT General Manager: Steven C. Callahan; Company Manager: Susan Sampliner

LCT Production Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Stage Manager: Arturo E. Porazzi

Conducted by David Evans; Associate Conductor: Lawrence Yurman; Keyboard: David Evans; Keyboards: Lawrence Yurman; Woodwind: Steven Kenyon, John Moses, Richard Heckman and John Winder; Trumpet: Brian O'Flaherty and Kamau Adilifu; French Horn: Peter Gordon and Janet Lantz; Violin: Robert Lawrence and Maura Giannini; Viola: Kenneth Burward-Hoy; Cello: Scott Ballantyne; Bass: Raymond Kilday; Percussion: Raymond Grappone; Percussion / Synthesizer: Lawrence Spivack; Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press

Casting: Alan Filderman; LCT General Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; LCT Director of Marketing & Special Projects: Thomas Cott; LCT Director of Development: Hattie K. Jutagir; Fight direction by Luis Perez; Dialect/Vocal Coach: Deborah Hecht

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Opening Night Cast

Franz C. AlderferEnsemble
Ana Maria AndricainEnsemble
Michael BabinBar Patron
Brent BlackEnsemble
Sherry Boone
Wednesday and Saturday matinees
Marie Christine L'Adrese
Anthony CrivelloDante Keyes
Mary Bond DavisPrisoner #3
Darius de HaasParis L'Adrese
Donna DunmireSerpent
Gates' daughter
Shawn ElliottGates
Andrea Frierson-ToneyPrisoner #2
André GarnerJoachim
a valet
Monsieur Archambeau
Lovette GeorgeCeleste
a maid
Keith Lee GrantJean L'Adrese
Rosena M. HillOzelia
a maid
Kim HuberDuchess
Magdalena's "Daughter"
Grace Parker
Kimberly JaJuanLisette
Marie Christine's maid
Mark LotitoMcMahon
Joy Lynn MatthewsBeatrice
Jean's fiancee
Michael McCormickLeary
Audra McDonaldMarie Christine L'Adrese
Janet MetzPetal
Magdalena's "Daughters"
Olivia Parker
Monique MidgetteEnsemble
David PleasantChaka
Powers PleasantChild
Vivian ReedMarie Christine's Mother
Peter SamuelBartender
Esau Parker
Mary TestaMagdalena
Zachary ThorntonChild
Joshua WalterChild
Jennifer Leigh WarrenPrisoner #1
Jim WeaverOsmond
a valet
Monsieur St. Vinson

Understudies: Franz C. Alderfer (Joachim, Monsieur Archambeau, Monsieur St. Vinson, Osmond), Ana Maria Andricain (Duchess, Helena, Petal), Michael Babin (McMahon), Brent Black (Bartender, Dante Keyes), André Garner (Paris L'Adrese), Lovette George (Beatrice, Prisoner #1, Prisoner #2, Prisoner #3), Rosena M. Hill (Lisette), Joy Lynn Matthews (Marie Christine's Mother, Prisoner #1, Prisoner #2, Prisoner #3), Michael McCormick (Gates), Janet Metz (Magdalena), Monique Midgette (Celeste, Ozelia, Prisoner #1, Prisoner #2, Prisoner #3), Peter Samuel (Leary) and Jim Weaver (Jean L'Adrese)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2000 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Michael John LaChiusa

 2000 Best Original Musical Score [nominee] 

Music by Michael John LaChiusa; Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa

 2000 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Audra McDonald

 2000 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher

 2000 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Peggy Eisenhauer

 2000 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jonathan Tunick

Drama Desk Award

 2000 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Audra McDonald


ACT 1 Sung By
Before the MorningWomen
Mamzell' MarieCompany
Ton Grandpere est le SoleilMarie Christine's Mother
BeautifulMarie Christine L'Adrese
Way Back to ParadiseMarie Christine L'Adrese and Lisette (Marie Christine's maid)
StormDante Keyes
To Find a LoverMarie Christine L'Adrese and Company
Nothing Beats Chicago / Ocean Is Different / Danced With A GirlDante Keyes
Tou Mi MiLisette (Marie Christine's maid)
Miracles and MysteriesMarie Christine's Mother and Prisoners
I Don't Hear the OceanDante Keyes and Marie Christine L'Adrese
Bird Inside the HouseMaids and Valets
All Eyes Look Upon YouJean L'Adrese
A Month AgoMaids
Danced With a Girl (Reprise) Dante Keyes
We're Gonna Go to ChicagoDante Keyes and Marie Christine L'Adrese
Dansez CalindaLisette (Marie Christine's maid)
I Will GiveMarie Christine L'Adrese and Prisoners
Finale of Act IParis L'Adrese and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Opening / I Will Love YouPrisoners, Dante Keyes and Marie Christine L'Adrese
CincinnatiMagdalena and Daughters
You're Looking at the ManLeary, McMahon, Dante Keyes and Company
The ScorpionDante Keyes and Marie Christine L'Adrese
Lover Bring Me SummerOlivia Parker and Grace Parker
Tell MeMarie Christine L'Adrese
Paradise Is Burning DownMagdalena
Prison in a PrisonMarie Christine L'Adrese, Prisoners, Helena (Gates' daughter) and Dante Keyes
Better & BestLeary and McMahon
Good Looking WomanGates, Leary and McMahon
No Turning BackParis L'Adrese, Marie Christine's Mother, Jean L'Adrese and Lisette (Marie Christine's maid)
Beautiful (Reprise) Marie Christine L'Adrese
A Lovely WeddingMagdalena
I Will Love You (Reprise) Marie Christine L'Adrese
Your NameDante Keyes
Finale of Act IIWomen

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

(12/2/1999 - 1/9/2000)
Company Manager: Adam Siegel.

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