The Story
Death Takes A Holiday
Music & Lyrics
MAURY YESTON

Book
PETER STONE & THOMAS MEEHAN
This musical is based on the dramatic play "La Morte in Vacanza" by Alberto Casella and rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris. It is also the basis of the film "Meet Joe Black" starring Brad Pitt. The loneliest of souls arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young Prince and for the first time experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, the mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.

PHOTOS
Original Off-Broadway Production
2017 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
A video montage featuring the original Off-Broadway production.

MUSIC
More and More
Chris Peluso & Zoe Doano
Demo Recording (London Premiere)

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

In the early 1920's, shortly after World War One, "Death" takes human form as a young Russian Prince, Nickolai Sirki and visits a villa in Northern Italy for a three-day weekend, because he finally wants to know why men love life so much, and why they fear him so. Miraculously, nobody dies during that time, and he falls in love with the beautiful Grazia ? an exultant girl standing up in a speeding car at the beginning of the musical, crying out to her new fianc? to drive faster, a lovely young woman so vibrantly imbued with the thrill of life that she is, in her excitement, a moth drawn too close to the fascinating flame of death.

The musical is, in fact, about life ? the dear sweet preciousness of life that is all the more poignant for being so transitory, for having inevitably to end too soon. And being about life it is also largely about the mysterious power of love that sustains us all through the ever-diminishing number of days each of us has left. Old love, young love, unrequited love, ethereal love, romantic love ? the musical is about all of them.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction THOM SOUTHERLAND
Choreography SAM SPENCER-LANE
Scenic Design MORGAN LARGE
Costume Design JONATHAN LIPMAN
Lighting Design MATT DAW
Sound Design ANDREW JOHNSON
Cast
Death/ Prince Nikolai Sirki CHRIS PELUSO
Grazia Lamberti ZOE DOANO
Corrado Montelli ASHLEY STILLBURN
Major Eric Fenton SAMUEL THOMAS
Duke Vittorio Lamberti MARK INSCOE
Duchess Stephanie Lamberti KATHRYN AKIN
Contessa Evangelina Di San Danielli GAY SOPER
Alice Lamberti HELEN TURNER
Daisy Fenton SCARLETT COURTNEY
Dr. Dario Albione ANTHONY CABLE
Creative
Producer ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Direction DOUG HUGHES
Choreography PETER PUCCI
Orchestrations LARRY HOCHMAN
Musical Director KEVIN STITES
Scenic Design DEREK McLANE
Costume Design CATHERINE ZUBER
Lighting Design KENNETH POSNER
Sound Design JON WESTON
Cast
Death/ Prince Nikolai Sirki JULIAN OVENDEN
Death/ Prince Nikolai Sirki KEVIN EARLY
Grazia Lamberti JILL PAICE
Corrado Montelli MAX VON ESSEN
Major Eric Fenton MATT CAVENAUGH
Duke Vittorio Lamberti MICHAEL SIBERRY
Duchess Stephanie Lamberti REBECCA LUKER
Contessa Evangelina Di San Danielli LINDA BALGORD
Alice Lamberti MARA DAVI
Daisy Fenton ALEXANDRA SOCHA
Dr. Dario Albione SIMON JONES
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Prologue Cast
In the Middle of Your LifeCast
Nothing HappenedCast
How Will I Know?Cast
CenturiesCast
Why Do All MenCast
Death is in the HouseCast
AliveCast
Life's a JoyCast
Who is This Man?Cast
Life's a Joy (Reprise)Cast
Shimmy Like They Do in PareeCast
Roberto's EyesCast
Alone Here With YouCast


ACT TWO

Something's HappenedCast
Losing RobertoCast
What Do You Do?Cast
More and MoreCast
Finally to KnowCast
I Thought That I Could LiveCast
December TimeCast
PavaneCast
FinaleCast

A New Brain
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Closer Than Ever
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Off-Broadway Production
2017 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

A video montage featuring the original Off-Broadway production.

Alone Here With You Jill Paice & Kevin Earley Original Cast Recording
More and More Chris Peluso & Zoe Doano Demo Recording (London Premiere)
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