2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version (1969)
Set on New Year's Eve, this avant-garde fable chronicles the struggle between love and ambition. Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt bring the bold, adventurous theatrical techniques they pioneered in The Fantasticks a step further with Celebration, an allegorical winter's tale.
On a magical New Year's Eve, a young Orphan stumbles into the home of the richest man in the world, whose bizarre entourage includes a beautiful fallen Angel. With the Orphan's help, the jaded Mr. Rich regains his humanity, only to find himself locked in ritualistic battle with the youth for the Angel's love.
Celebration's small cast is perfect for an intimate community theatre space and audience participation is encouraged in this very original piece of theatre.
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The musical Grand Hotel began life as "At The Grand" produced on the West Coast in 1958. With some new songs, a new book and a new name, it took Broadway by storm in 1989, running for 1,018 performances.