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Moby-Dick (2019 musical)

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MusicDave Malloy
LyricsDave Malloy
BookDave Malloy
BasisMoby-Dick by Herman Melville
Productions2019 Cambridge, Massachusetts

Moby-Dick is a stage musical with lyrics, music and book by Dave Malloy. It is an adaptation of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville and made its world premiere in December 2019 at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts directed by Rachel Chavkin.[1]

Production history[edit | edit source]

On July 26, 2019, and July 27, 2019, a 90 minute excerpt from Moby-Dick was performed at the American Museum of Natural History, in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life underneath the whale.[2]

The musical had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachussetts on December 11, 2019 after one week of previews.[1] It is scheduled to run until January 12, 2020.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Character Original Cambridge Cast (2019)[3]
Ishmael Manik Chok
Captain Ahab Tom Nelis
Father Mapple/Captain of the Albatross/Captain Boomer of the Bachelor/Captain Gardiner of the Rachel Dawn L. Troupe
Queequeg Andrew Cristi
Fedallah Eric Berryman
Starbuck Starr Busby
Stubb Kalyn West
Flask Anna Ishi
Tashtego Matt Kizer
Daggoo J.D. Mollison
Pip Morgan Siobhan Green
Sailor 1/​The Blacksmith Ashkon Davaran
Sailor 2/​The Carpenter Kim Blanck

Reception[edit | edit source]

The Cambridge production was generally well reviewed, with praise for the music and the work of scenic designer Mimi Lien in particular, while common criticisms included the 3 1/2 hour length and the Pip section. Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe wrote that it was "ambitiously conceived and superbly executed ... if occasionally self-indulgent,"[4] while Carolyn Clay of WBUR's ARTery called it "an extraordinary sum of diverse parts."[5] On the other hand, Christopher Caggiano of The Arts Fuse criticized the production for trying to adapt the entire book, and for "forcing" contemporary parallels.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 McPhee, Ryan (Dec 11, 2019). "World Premiere of Dave Malloy's Moby-Dick Musical Opens December 11 at the American Repertory Theater". Playbill. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  2. Gans, Andrew (May 14, 2019). "Museum of Natural History to Present Excerpts From New Dave Malloy Musical, Moby-Dick". Playbill. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  3. "Moby-Dick". American Repertory Theater. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. Aucoin, Don (Dec 12, 2019). "A captivating 'Moby-Dick' that ripples through time". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  5. Clay, Carolyn (Dec 13, 2019). "In The A.R.T.'s Musical 'Moby-Dick,' The Whale Is An Extraordinary Sum Of Diverse Parts". WBUR-FM ARTery. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  6. Caggiano, Christopher (Dec 20, 2019). "A Musical "Moby-Dick" Lumbers from its Seabed at the A.R.T." The Arts Fuse. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

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