The Story
The Visit
Music
JOHN KANDER

Lyrics
FRED EBB

Book
TERRENCE McNALLY

Adapted by
MAURICE VALENCY
Based on Friedrich Durrenmatt's 1956 satirical play about greed and revenge "Der Besuch der alten Dame," it focuses on one of the world's wealthiest women, Claire Zachanassian, who was driven from her hometown in disgrace at age 17, betrayed by her lover Anton Schell. Several decades and husbands later, Zachanassian has become the richest woman in the world. Her home town has fallen on very hard times and she offers them a deal: if they will kill the man who broke her heart, she will make them all rich.

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MUSIC
Winter
Chita Rivera
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

In the small town of Brachen, Switzerland, the townspeople are poor, having fallen on hard times. They are told that Claire Zachanassian, a former resident and now the world's richest woman (by virtue of many fortunate marriages), will pay a visit. The townspeople see Claire as their last hope. Claire, who has an artificial leg, arrives in a puff of train steam, carried by Jacob Chicken and Louis Perch (freed from jail by Claire). She is escorted by her entourage: the falsetto-singing eunuchs Lenny and Benny, her butler Rudi and her latest much-younger husband Evgeny.

Anton, the town shopkeeper and Claire's former lover still has feelings for her, and thinks that they might renew their romance. Although Claire and Anton reminisce about their youthful affair, and the Young Anton and Young Claire dreamily dance, Claire soon reveals her macabre plan. She explains that she was pregnant by Anton as a teen, but, due to Anton's false testimony, was forced to leave the town. She explains that the true purpose of her visit is to seek revenge, and offers to give the townspeople a billion dollars if they kill Anton.

The townspeople are at first repelled but gradually rationalize their impending acquiescence to Claire's wishes, due to their desire for material possessions. Anton ultimately realizes he was to blame for the misery that Claire endured, and accepts responsibility. He and his family take one last joyful car-ride together, and Claire and Anton make peace with the fate to come. The townspeople kill Anton.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer TOM KIRDAHY, EDGAR BRONFIMAN JR, TOM SMEDES, HUGH HAYES, PETER STERN, JUDITH ANN ABRAMS, RICH AFIANNATO, HUNTER ARNOLD, CARL DAIKELER, KEN DAVENPORT, BHARAT MITRA & BHAVANI LEV, PETER MAY, TED SNOWDON, GABRIELLE PALITZ/WEATHERBY & FISHMAN LLC, MARGUERITE HOFFMAN/JEREMY YOUET, CARLOS ARANA/TERRY LOFTIS, VEENERICK & HATHERINE VOS VAN LIEMPT, 42ND CLUB/SILVA THEATRICAL, THE SHUBERT ORGRANIZATION
Direction JOHN DOYLE
Choreography GRACIELLA DANIELLE
Orchestrations LARRY HOCHMAN
Musical Director DAVID LOUD
Scenic Design SCOTT PASK
Costume Design ANN HOULD-WARD
Lighting Design JAPHY WEIDEMAN
Sound Design DAN MOSES SCHREIER
Cast
Claire Zachanassian CHITA RIVERA
Anton Schell ROGER REES
Frederich Kuhn JASON DANIELEY
Peter Dummermut DAVID GARRISON
Matilde Schell MARY BETH PEIL
Father Josef RICK HOLMES
Louis Perch MATTHEW DEMING
Annie Dummermut DIANA DIMARZIO
Jacob Chicken CHRIS NEWCOMER
Otto Hahnke AARON RAMEY
Hans Nusselin TIMOTHY SHEW
Young Claire MICHELLE VEINTIMILLA
Young Anton JOHN RIDDLE
Ottilie ELENA SHADDOW
Karl GEORGE ABUD
Rudi TOM NELIS
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Out of the DarknessTownspeople
At LastClaire, Townspeople
I Walk AwayClaire, Entourage
I Know ClaireAnton
A Happy EndingMayor, Policeman, Doctor, Priest, Schoolmaster, Townspeople
You, You, YouAnton, Claire
I Must Have Been SomethingAnton
Look at MeAnton, Claire, Entourage, Eunuchs, Rudi, Young Anton, Young Claire, Family
A MasqueMayor, Townspeople
TestimonyLouis, Jacob
WinterClaire
Yellow ShoesTownspeople


ACT TWO

ChoraleTownspeople
A ConfessionClaire, Entourage
I Would Never Leave YouEntourage, Claire
The One-Legged TangoEntourage, Claire
Back and ForthMatilda, Ottillie, Karl
The Only OneSchoolmaster
FearAnton
A Car RideAnton, Matilda, Ottillie, Karl
Winter (reprise)Young Anton
Love and Love AloneClaire
In the Forest AgainAnton, Claire
FinaleTownspeople

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Avenue Q
Gypsy
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

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