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Hello Again

Genre Drama
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Composer Michael John LaChiusa
Lyricist Michael John LaChiusa
Book By Michael John LaChiusa
 
Other Credits Suggested by 'La Ronde' by Arthur Schnitzler
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

The joys of sex are here for the asking in this adult musical fantasy suggested by Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde". As though seen through the lens of a combination time machine and bawdy, old-time kinescope, HELLO AGAIN criss-crosses beds and jumps from decade to decade, intimately examining the painful secrets that drive characters into each other's arms and towards the bruising effects of reckless passion. With a score that saturates the mind, HELLO AGAIN has an unforgettable, dreamlike quality—and all the luxuriance of an insistent seduction.

"Mr. LaChiusa's smart, beguilingly world-weary work was the best original musical of the season…" —NY Times.

"LaChiusa is an artist with a puckish, damn-the-torpedoes imagination…his deliriously eclectic score is like tuning into a radio station with a serious President Clinton complex: It wants to please as many listeners as possible. For the camp mavens, there is a devastating pastiche, from "shlag"-heavy Viennese operetta to Yiddish boogie-woogie. For the Sondheim freaks, some devious wordplay. For the 'they don't write them like they used to' crowd, a plangent and hummable ballad... HELLO AGAIN scores." —NY Newsday.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

HELLO AGAIN REHEARSAL SET

  • 11 × HELLO AGAIN PIANO/VOCAL SCORE
  • 1 × HELLO AGAIN ERRATA LIST

Orchestral Materials

All available orchestrations for this show are displayed below. On application, you will be required to select the orchestration that you wish to use for your performance.

Orchestral Materials on Hire

HELLO AGAIN ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × CELLO
  • 1 × HORN
  • 1 × KEYBOARD II
  • 1 × PERCUSSION
  • 1 × REED
  • 1 × VIOLIN

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Minimal/None

Character Breakdown

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Detailed Synopsis

Ten nameless characters pair up in ten different scenes of sexual pleasure and/or despair. One character from each scene moves on to the next, seemingly dumping his old partner in favour of new prey. The play begins in 1900 with a Prostitute soliciting an unwilling Soldier. The next scene takes place in the 1940s, and the Soldier, afraid of dying in the war, tussles with a sympathetic Nurse. Next, the Nurse becomes a 1960s dominatrix over her patient, an upper-crust College Boy with wild leanings. In the 1930s, the College Boy reappears as the impotent partner of an adulterous Young Wife who can only have relations with him in seedy, out-of-the-way places. Meeting the woman's Husband in the next scene, we see why she's been driven to such moral turpitude. In her loneliness, the Wife dances a haunting pas-de-deux with the mirror image of her repressed, sensual self. Experiencing the Wife's scene from a totally different perspective, we then meet the Husband as a closet homosexual (and on the Titanic, no less), using the ship's imminent demise to steal a tango with a gorgeous boy hustler called the Young Thing. Shifting to a 1970s disco, a bisexual Writer lures the Young Thing home only to feel the creeping certainty of a morning-after desertion. Finally, the circle of lovers closes where it all began. A Senator quits his relationship with an Actress because of political liabilities, and then seeks the Prostitute from the first scene, whom he desperately wishes he could love. A tableau begins forming in the background, with all the couples singing "Hello Again" over and over in a moody recognition of love's inescapable pull.

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$403.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$101.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$250.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$86.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

16% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$285.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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