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Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Arthur Kopit
Adapted by: Mario Fratti
Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
Music by: Maury Yeston
Publisher: Samuel French (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 98
Pub. Date: 2009
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0573681570
ISBN-13: 9780573681578
Cast Size: 22 female, 1 male, 4 boys

About the Play:

Nine is a full-length musical drama by Maury Yeston, Arthur Kopit, and Mario Fratti. A famous film director is suffering from a creative block – and personal difficulties with his wife, mistress, the actress who serves as his muse, and his female producer – in Maury Yeston, Arthur Kopit, and Mario Fratti's musical adaptation of the Federico Fellini film "8 1/2."

Nine is an unconventional love story based on Italian film director Federico Fellini's comedic masterpiece, "8 1/2." The play examines the midlife crisis of film director Guido Contini (who is based on the real life Federico Fellini) and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film. Guido's fortieth birthday sends him into an emotional tailspin that threatens to destroy his marriage and career. Guido brings his wife to Venice to save his marriage and restore his artistic passion, but while there he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamouring to be loved by him and him alone, and falls back into a tangled web of romance and deception. He is forced to examine his flawed relationships with the many women he has loved. Eventually, Guido learns to act like an adult, instead of a self-indulgent nine year old child. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story.

Nine premiered in 1982 at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway in New York City, ran for ran for over 700 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was revived in 2003 at Eugene O'Neill Theatre and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The play has been performed in regional, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 22 female, 1 male, 4 boys

What people say:

"A galloping fantasy [with a] ravishingly inventive and tuneful score."The New York Times

"A rich and thrilling night of theatre."The New York Post

"Has been impressively reborn... Yeston's score comes across with extraordinary power."The New York Post

"An abundant musical, one which gleefully expands the limits of the theatre. A startling act of the imagination, independence and daring; and, hence, a show to treasure."WCBS-TV

About the Playwright:

Arthur L. Kopit (1937-2021) was an acclaimed American playwright whose writing career spanned seven decades. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a three-time Tony Award nominee, he is known for his signature play Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad. He also wrote the scripts for several TV miniseries, and collaborated with Maury Yeston on the Tony Award-winning musical Nine.

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