1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
TheatreWorks USA Version (1985)
Ahrens and Flaherty's "fractured fairytale" adds song, dance and a castle full of characters to Hans Christian Andersen's delightful fable.
The incomparable imaginative creators of Seussical, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, bring one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved tales to life in The Emperor's New Clothes. Developed by Kansas City's Coterie Theatre, leaders in the Theatre for Young Audiences genre, this winsome musical is a crowd pleaser for all ages.
14-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus's uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore," for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.
With its pleasant score, delightful book, and few technical demands The Emperor's New Clothes is the perfect musical for stationary or traveling companies that perform in the Theatre For Young Audiences genre. This musical is an incredibly versatile piece, making it truly perfect for nearly any company or school group.
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Irving Berlin never learned to read music or to write it. He hummed or sang his songs to a secretary, who wrote them down in musical notation.