The Story
The Boys From Syracuse
Music
RICHARD RODGERS

Lyrics
LORENZ HART

Original Book
GEORGE ABBOTT

New Book
NICKY SILVER
Based on William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors", it concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana's sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love.

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THE STORY

ACT ONE

Against a backdrop of Ancient Greece, the citizens of Ephesus are baying for the death of Aegean, a merchant from Syracuse - a city the Ephesians dislike. The Duke will only reprieve him if he can buy his way out of trouble. He explains that he had twin sons, who had twin slaves, who were separated by a shipwreck and that he, Aegean, came to Ephesus to look for them. Meanwhile Antipholus and his slave Dromio of Ephesus (one half of the lost quartet) avoid paying for some suits the tailor has made them whilst Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse (the other half) are warned by a merchant of Syracuse to leave Ephesus as soon as possible. There now begins a whole series of confusing mix-ups, whereby the citizens of Ephesus mistake Antipholus of Syracuse for Sir Antipholus of Ephesus, and each master mistakes one Dromio for the other! Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, complains that her husband hardly ever comes home. She, along with her cook Luce (who is married to Dromio of Ephesus) and Luciana, her sister, set out to woo Antipholus back home. Due to the identical looks of the twins, they bring home the 'boys from Syracuse'; when Antipholus of Syracuse meets Luciana, they are transfixed by each other but convince themselves that this can't be love.

When Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus return home late after gallivanting with the local courtesans, they find the doors bolted and Adriana and Luce insisting that their real husbands are upstairs in bed with them! The confusion continues and Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus take refuge again with the courtesans, who try by means of a ballet and general cosseting to ease their befuddled minds.


ACT TWO

In front of Adriana's house, Antipholus of Syracuse tells his slave to find out when the next ship for Syracuse sails - he can't stand Ephesus any longer and they're going home. Luciana is hurt when Antipholus of Syracuse says Adriana means nothing to him - though she is obviously upset that he is leaving. Further mistaken identity confusion occurs over a gold chain that Angelo has made for Antipholus, but given to the wrong one!

Adriana comforts her crying sister (with sarcastic interjections from Luce) saying that marriage always turns out different to expectations and that you have to sing for your supper. The Courtesan is the next female to be hurt because of the confusion: Antipholus of Syracuse denies knowing her and yet only the night before she was entertaining Antipholus of Ephesus! She is as confused as the two Syracusans and longs for an honest man. Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus then get involved in the confusion over the gold chain and a fight breaks out when Antipholus is accused of being a liar. They escape into the Seeress' temple and hide. As the Duke enters with Aegean, Adriana pleads with him to get her husband back to his right mind, while he begs for justice against his wife for locking him out of the house. The farcical confusion finally resolves itself with the boys from Syracuse emerging from the temple and recognizing Aegean; the money for the gold chain is used by Antipholus of Ephesus to free his father and safeguard his brother; the two Dromios are reunited, as are Adriana with her Antipholus and Luciana with hers. Luce embraces both Dromios, as the company end the show. However, love has triumphed, as the Seeress reveals herself as Emelia, Aegean's long-lost wife and the two Antipholuses' mother!

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer THE ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Direction SCOTT ELLIS
Choreography ROB ASHFORD
Orchestrations DON SEBESKY
Musical Director DAVID LOUD
Scenic Design THOMAS LYNCH
Costume Design MARTIN PAKLEDINAZ
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design BRIAN RONAN
Cast
Antipholus of Syracuse JONATHAN DOKUCHITZ
Antipholus of Ephesus TOM HEWITT
Dromio of Syracuse LEE WILKOF
Dromio of Ephesus CHIP ZIEN
Adriana LAUREN MITCHELL
Luciana ERIN DILLY
Luce TONI DiBUONO
Creative
Producer GEORGE ABBOTT
Direction GEORGE ABBOTT
Choreography GEORGE BALANCHINE
Orchestrations HANS SPIALEK
Musical Director HARRY S. LEVANT
Scenic Design JO MIELZINER
Costume Design IRENE SHARAFF
Lighting Design JO MIELZINER
Cast
Antipholus of Syracuse EDDIE ALBERT
Antipholus of Ephesus RONALD GRAHAM
Dromio of Syracuse JIMMY SAVO
Dromio of Ephesus TEDDY HART
Adriana MURIEL ANGELUS
Luciana MARCY WESCOTT
Luce WYNN MURRAY
MUSICAL NUMBERS
THE SONGS

Hurrah! Hurroo! (I Had Twins)A Sergeant, Aegon, Duke of Ephesus and The Crowd
Dear Old Syracuse Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse
What Can You Do with a Man Dromio of Ephesus and Luce
Falling in Love with Love Adriana
A Lady Must Live The Courtesans
The Shortest Day of the Year Adriana and Antipholus of Ephesus
This Can't Be Love Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana
This Must Be Love Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana
You Took Advantage of Me The Courtesans
He and She Dromio of Syracuse and Luce
You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea Antipholus of Syracuse
Big Brother Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse
Come with Me A Sergeant and Syracuse Policemen
Oh, Diogenes! Adriana, Luce and Luciana
Hurrah! Hurroo! (I Had Twins) (Reprise) The Crowd
Sing for Your Supper Adriana, Luce, Luciana, Madam, The Courtesans and The Crowd
This Can't Be Love (Reprise) The Company

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