adaption of Frederico Fellini
's Film 8 1/2
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Arthur Kopit
Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Originally produced at the 46th Street Theatre in New York on May 9th, 1982 and ran for 732 performances.
Original Broadway production directed by Tommy Tune
Guido Contini - Raul Julia
Luisa Contini (His Wife) - Karen Akers
Claudia Nardi (His Leading Lady) - Shelly Burch
Carla Albanese (His Mistress) - Anita Morris
Liliane La Fleur (His Producer) - Liliane Montevecchi
This musical adaptation of Frederico Fellini's immortal classic 8 1/2 is a spectacular showcase. Like Fellini's film, it is an autobiographical look at a film director who can't make his latest film, even though they are about to begin shooting. Unlike the film though, the musical's cast only contains one male leading role, that of Guido Contini, the director. Nine is a wonderful musical that contains many rare gems of music genius.