Based on the deliciously gruesome and dark tale of Madame Tussaud, waxworker extroardinaire
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Representation BY: The Susan Gurman Agency
rUNNING TIME : 1 Hr, 45 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 16 (minimum) (large cast works)
Marie Grosholtz (later Tussaud) (Mezzo) Wax sculptress, in her 20’s, smart, witty, character actress, who wants passionately to be an artist. Attractive in an interesting way, but not beautiful.
Dr. Philippe Curtius (Baritone) Wax sculptor and proprietor of a Parisian wax salon (Salon du Cire) where Revolutionary leaders gather, and in whose household Marie grows up (her mother is his "live-in" housekeeper). A scintillating host, early 40’s, who teaches Marie the art of wax.
Maximilien Robespierre (High tenor) Revolutionary leader, middle 30’s, high strung, perfectly groomed, wound tight as a violin string, who vies for the affections of Marie.
Armand de Marteau (Tenor) Leading man, late 20’s, early 30’s, handsome. A fiery and impassioned Revolutionary leader who fights for the rights of the common people. A silversmith. Marie’s lover.
CHORUS (12) (6m, 6f) Street Entertainers, Wax Figures & Heads, Aristocrats, Peasants, Court of Versailles, People of Paris
Minor Roles: Madame Grosholtz, Madame du Barry, Voltaire, Rousseau, Danton, Mirabeau, Marat, Princess Elizabeth, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, Princess de Lamballe, and others
Actors play multiple roles.
MUSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Small Chamber Orchestra or Piano, Accordion & Cello
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