Music by Stephen Keeling
Book by Shaun McKenna and Steven Dexter
Lyrics by Shaun McKenna
First performance at the Lyric Theatre 29th September 1997
Maddie is featured in the New York Theater Festival in November 2023 in three performances following on from the recent staged reading at Pearl Studios and the very well received concert at 54 Below. Maddie will also play a season at the Players Theatre Off Broadway in Spring 2025. Watch four songs from the concert below sung by the fantastic cast!
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the website. Directed by Andrew Winans with musical direction, arrangements and orchestrations by Joshua Gregg Fried.
"This musical is a real find"
John Peter, The Sunday Times
Maddie at the Teatro Latea, NYC 2023
Photo: Ian McQueen
(Ryan Mulvaney, Sydney Borchers and
“This musical is a real find” John Peter, The Sunday Times
“Music propels this well carpentered fairy-tale into another dimension see-sawing between dreamy lyricism and driving rhythms. Keeling’s score does all that’s needed to lift the show into a magical zone” and “In Mckenna’s lyrics as much as in the score, Sondheim rubs shoulders with Jerome Kern” Irving Wardle, The Sunday Telegraph
“Stephen Keeling’s tuneful score ranges from full-blown showbiz anthems to gentle love songs” and "the show we've been waiting for" Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
"Stephen Keeling's music is crisp and beguiling.." The Sunday Times
Based on the novel “Marion’s Wall” by Jack Finney “MADDIE” was originally workshopped at the National Theatre Rehearsal Studio in 1991 after Stephen was chosen to participate in Stephen Sondheim’s Oxford Masterclass in 1990. Stephen and Shaun McKenna started work on the show in 1989 with Steven Dexter who had the idea for the show. A half-hour presentation in Oxford and later at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells (at the conclusion of the Sondheim Masterclass period) proved highly successful.
The first full production opened at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996 and got rave reviews. A year later the show transferred to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue where it received excellent reviews and starred Summer Rognlie as Maddie/Jan, Graham Bickley as Nick, Lynda Baron as Mrs Van Arc and Kevin Colson as Al. Produced by Kenny Wax, directed by Martin Connor with musical supervision by Martin Lowe and musical direction and orchestrations by Caroline Humphris. Stage Door Records released the critically acclaimed 20th anniversary deluxe edition of the London cast album in 2016 with three newly recorded songs and a 12-page booklet about the show. Shaun McKenna's acclaimed book, 'Maddie and Us', chronicles the extraordinary 8-year journey Maddie took to the West End stage.
“MADDIE” concerns the ghost of a long dead flapper, Madeleine (Maddie) Marsh who was tragically killed on the way to do a screen taste for Cecil B DeMille. Maddie was on her way to becoming a huge star. Her ghost is disturbed by a young couple, Nick and Jan Cheyney who move into her old apartment in 1980’s San Francisco and uncover Maddie’s last message scrawled on the wall “Madeleine Marsh, June 1926-read it and weep!” Possessing the body of Jan, Maddie once again sets out to have the career she was denied. Along the way she causes mayhem by seducing Nick, humiliating the formidable Cordelia Van Arc at a fundraiser and utterly ruining Jan’s life. It is only when she comes face to face with her old love and former accompanist, Al Turner now an old man, that she begins to question what she’s doing. Al persuades her to leave and Maddie agrees. But then she sees a film in colour with sound...
Songs from Maddie at 54 Below