Chronicle of a Death Foretold (musical)

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold
MusicBob Telson
LyricsGraciela Daniele
Jim Lewis
Michael John LaChiusa (additional material)
BookGraciela Daniele
Jim Lewis
Michael John LaChiusa (additional material)
BasisChronicle of a Death Foretold
by Gabriel García Márquez
Productions1995 Broadway

Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a musical with a book and lyrics by Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis (and additional material by Michael John LaChiusa) and music by Bob Telson. It is based on Gabriel García Márquez's 1981 novella of the same name.


The musical premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on June 15, 1995, and played 37 performances and 28 previews before closing on July 16, 1995. The show was a presentation of Lincoln Center Theater, as part of their New Collaboration Series. The production was conceived, directed, and choreographed by Graciela Daniele.[1] The original production starred Tonya Pinkins, Saundra Santiago as Angela Vicario and dancers George de la Peña (as Santiago), Alexandre Proia (as Bayardo San Roman), Gregory Mitchell and Luis Perez. It was nominated for three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, although it failed to win any awards.[2]


In a small town in South America, Bayardo San Roman, a newly married man rejects Angela Vicario, his young bride when he discovers that she is not a virgin. She returns to her family home, where they make her reveal her lover. She names Santiago, the best friend of her brothers, who is actually innocent. They are determined to avenge the family honor by killing their best friend: a "death foretold."


The show is called a "dance theatre" piece, "driven more by dance than by music."[3] John Simon, writing in New York Magazine termed it a "dance-drama", with "dancing, singing, speaking, and posturing."[4] The show has three songs and no actual book, with the "narrative propelled by dance."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times found the musical "a frequently stunning show that is less a conventional musical adaptation than a performance piece".[1] Time magazine wrote that, despite the fact that in "the novella's passage from page to stage, something of its fateful weight has been forfeited", the musical was "smart, surrealistic and visually entrancing."[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1996 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Graciela Daniele, Jim Lewis and Michael John LaChiusa Nominated
Best Choreography Graciela Daniele Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Book of a Musical Graciela Daniele, Jim Lewis and Michael John LaChiusa Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical Graciela Daniele Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outstanding Music Bob Telson Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Beverly Emmons Nominated


  1. ^ a b Canby, Vincent. "Theater Review: Chronicle Of A Death Foretold; A Tale of Fate And Magic, Told Back to Front", The New York Times, June 16, 1995. Retrieved on 2008-03-04.
  2. ^ "'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' Broadway Production", accessed September 28, 2015
  3. ^ Long, Robert Emmet. "Broadway, the Golden Years" (2003). Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-1462-1, p. 278
  4. ^ Simon, John. "Theatre: The Untidy Chronicle", New York Magazine, July 10, 1995, p. 52
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Nellie S, editor. "Bibliographic guide to Gabriel García Márquez, 1992-2002" (2003). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-32804-8, p. 24, #208
  6. ^ Leithauser, Brad.Perchance To Dream - TimeTime Magazine

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