The Glorious Ones

The Glorious Ones

Book and Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens
Music by  Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel by Francine Prose

One Act, Book Musical, Rated PG
Lincoln Center Theater Version

THE GLORIOUS ONES, based on the novel by noted author Francine Prose, was hailed by the New York Times as "a valentine to the actor's  life--joyfully naughty, with buoyant music by Stephen Flaherty and a bawdy book by Lynn Ahrens." 

It is a backstage musical about the lives, loves, ambitions, and art of the performers in a 16th century comedia dell'arte troupe in Italy of the late Renaissance. 

Both slapstick and serious, the musical tells how the troupe came to be and how it captured the public's adoration with its bawdy comedy, before changing artistic fashion altered its way of life. It follows seven archetypal characters--the charismatic leading man, the sly harlequin, the quack doctor, the old miser, the voluptuous leading lady, the devoted dwarf, and the elegant Moon Woman--as they search for immortality and love. In their search for glory and fame, the characters are thrown out of France by the religious court because of their "lewd" performances. The leading man, Flaminio, struggles with the court's decision and how it it affects his life as a performer. 

Smutty, nutty, yet sentimental and deeply moving, THE GLORIOUS ONES has "one hand on the crotch, and one hand on the heart."

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