2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1961)
The spirit of 19th century Hawaii fills the stage in this hilarious and heart-warming family musical.
Author Eaton Magoon, Jr. - himself a native of the Islands - combines universal themes with a lush, exotic locale for a one-of-a-kind experience that will have your audiences saying "Mahalo nui loa!" ("Thank you very much!").
Newlyweds Chun, a Chinese merchant, and Emmy, a Hawaiian princess, are enjoying nuptial bliss. Because Chun is not of Hawaiian descent, however, the marriage is soured by an omen that stipulates none of their daughters, of which they are about to have thirteen, will marry until the buds on their thirteen calabash trees blossom. 26 years later, no tree has blossomed and the daughters remain unwed. By tradition, the eldest daughter must marry first, but she seems more interested in missionary work and the outlook is grim for the others. Occurrences have a way of positively falling into place, though, when it comes to love; and omen or not, the daughters' luck is soon to change.
13 Daughters is big, bright, and dripping with melody. The writing combines universal themes with a lush, exotic locale for a one-of-a-kind experience. This musical also serves an excellent showcase for theatre troupes and companies with a culturally diverse talent pool.
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