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A hybrid of straight theater and sung musical, with dialogue accompanied by the orchestra. The harmonic language has been likened to that of a superior Hollywood film score of the time.
Vocal & Musical Forces
Reed 1 (flute, clarinet, alto sax), Reed 2 (oboe, English horn, clarinet, tenor sax), reed 3 (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax), trumpet, piano (accordion), harp, timpani and percussion, 2 violas, 2 cellos, bass; boy soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor or high baritone, baritone, singer-dancer, speaking and other roles; double chorus; dancers
Original Broadway Cast: Todd Duncan as Stephen Kumalo; Inez Matthews as Irina, Frank Roane as Leader, Shelia Guyse as Linda; Herbert Coleman as Alex