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Al Hirschfeld Theater

302 West 45th Street

2 hours 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

September 18, 2008

Broadway Musical

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A Tale of Two Cities Musical is finally here. The preview was at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in the fall of 2008. However, the musical first debuted at the Asolo Repertory Theatre at Sarasota in Florida in 2007.

Jill Santoriello

The book of A Tale of Two Cities Musical has been written by Jill Santoriello and so are the music and the lyrics. In fact, Santoriello had written the production many years ago when she was working full time to support herself. The result is a beautiful musical with a very fresh appeal.

A Tale of Two Cities Musical is based on a classical novel by Charles Dickens of the same name. The novel was written in 1859 and is set against the French Revolution. It tells the story of love, revenge, sacrifice, and injustice. The main characters of this story are Lucie Menette, Sydney Carlton, and Charles Darnay.

A Classical Story

The story begins with a very famous line—“It was the best of times, it was worst of times…” The story starts with Dr. Menette being released from jail after spending 17 years in solitary confinement. His daughter Lucie comes to take him to England. In England they meet Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat whom Lucie later marries. Sydney Carton is another person they get acquainted with. Carton is a drunken cynic lawyer who also falls in love with Lucie.

Soon family secrets and political intrigue combine together to take Lucie and her family back to France. Her husband Charles Darnay is arrested and Sydney Carton is assigned the task of fighting his case in court. The story finds an unlikely hero in Sydney Carton, who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his love.

The Musical

A Tale of Two Cities Musical does a wonderful job of keeping this intriguing love story alive. Since the first publication of the book in 1859, it has sold over 200 million copies, thus making it one of the most famous books in the history of fiction. The fact that the tickets for the Florida productions were sold out goes on to prove how popular the book still is. Moreover, the show is inspiring and goes on to show that this classical love story still moves people today.

Jill Santoriello has done a wonderful job of bringing the characters alive. Credit should also be given to the actors, who have all done a wonderful job. James Barbour’s portray of Sydney Carton brings out Dicken’s wit like never before. Brandi Burkhardt has also done well as Lucie Manette.

Other cast members include Greg Edelmamm as Dr. Manette, Natalie Toro as villainess Madame DeFarge, Craig Bennett as Jerry Cruncher and Nick Wyman as John Barsad. Direction and choreography is by Warren Carlyle and scenery by Tony Walton. The musical is being produced by Barbara Russell and Ron Sharpe.

Those who want to enjoy this great musical can buy their tickets online. Tickets for A Tale of Two Cities Musical are offered at very competitive rates through authorized online ticket brokers. Now you do not have to stand in long queues to buy your tickets. Buy them online from the comfort of your home and enjoy a great evening out.

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