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After a critically lauded run last summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Terrance McNally's dark, musical adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt's black comedy returns to Broadway with inestimable legend Chita Rivera at the helm. The production was nominated for five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play and a cast award for Ms. Rivera.
With music and lyrics from the musical geniuses behind Chicago and Caberet, Kander and Ebb and captivating choregraphy from Graciela Daniele The Visit is a powerfully emotive play, chilling to the bone as we confront the price we're all prepeared to pay for revenge, love and untold riches.
The town of Brachen, Switzerland is down on it's luck, with businesses failing by the day. When the locals hear of the return of their most famous and richest daughter, the oft- widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), they predict their fortunes are changing, along with their bank balances.
But Claire, now the world's wealthiest woman, has more than just a trip down memory lane in mind. She has a proposition for Brachen, for all the residents; to execute one of their own, the boy, (Anton, now a married shopkeeper,) who broke her heart all those years ago. Will they accept her deal and sacrifice their morality for a (very generous) handout, or will this town of ordinary people be able to see right from wrong?
Compelling, haunting and mischievous, The Visit is a welcome addition to the spring line up on the Great White Way and is sure to be an unforgettable show, making you question your own principles long after the curtain falls.
Previews from: 26 March 2015
Opening night: 23 April 2015
Suitable for ages 15+ due to mature themes
One hour 35 minutes without intermission
Please note that images used are from the Summer 2014 production of this show. With the exception of Ms. Rivera and Mr. Rees, cast is subject to change.
Chita Rivera - Claire Zachanassian
Roger Rees - Anton Schell
Matthew Deming - Lewis Perch
Rick Holmes - Father Josef
Tom Nelis - Rudi
Terrence McNally - Playwright
John Kander - Music
Fred Ebb - Lyrics
Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Source Playwright
Maurice Valency - Translator
John Doyle - Director
Graciela Daniele - Choreographer
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Chita Rivera)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Chita Rivera
Outstanding Director of a Musical - John Doyle
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design
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