Quilters (musical)

Quilters (musical)

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Infobox Musical
name = Quilters
subtitle =

caption =
music = Barbara Damashek
lyrics = Barbara Damashek
book =Molly Newman
Barbara Damashek
basis = "The Quilters:Women and Domestic Arts" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen
productions = 1984 Broadway
awards =

"Quilters" is a musical about pioneer women, with a book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, and lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek. It is based on the book "The Quilters:Women and Domestic Arts" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. The show was originally developed and produced by the Denver Center Theater Company.

"Quilters" opened on Broadway at the Jack Lawrence Theatre on September 25, 1984 and closed on October 14, 1984 after 24 performances and 5 previews. In his "New York Times" review Frank Rich wrote " "Quilters" is a static melange of skits, monologues and songs unified by a theme rather than a sustained plot or characters." [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9507E1D8143BF935A1575AC0A962948260&sec=&pagewanted=print Stage: 'Quilters,' A Musical, Opens A New Season - New York Times ] ] Despite the unfavorable "Times" review and short run, the musical was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

"Quilters" follows the story of a pioneer woman (Sarah) and six women who are called her daughters. Rather than a straightforward storyline, the musical is presented as a series of short tales and tableaux matched with musical numbers, each presenting an aspect of frontier life or womanhood.

The musical has been performed by numerous college and community theater groups across the United States.


;Act 1
*Pieces of Lives(first four lines from "The Quilt" by Dorothy MacFarlane)
*Rocky Road
*Little Babes That Sleep All Night(lyrics from "Our Homes and Their Adornments" by Almon C. Varney)
*Thread the Needle
*The Windmill Song
*Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb by E.A. Hoffman
*The Butterfly
*Pieces of Lives (Reprise)
*Green, Green, Green
*The Needle's Eye(chorus from the lyric of a traditional folk song);Act II
*Hoedown (traditional)
*Quiltin' and Dreamin'
*Pieces of Lives (Reprise)
*Every Log in My House(first line by Eleanor Pruitt Stewart)
*Land Where We'll Never Grow Old by J.C. Moore
*Who Will Count the Stitches?
*The Lord Don't Rain Down Manna
*Dandelion(lyrics by Clara J. Denton from the poem "Blooming in the Fall")
*Everything Has a Time
*Hands Around

Awards and nominations

*Tony Award
*Best Musical — Produced by The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The American National Theater and Academy, Brockman Seawell (nominee)
*Best Book of a Musical — Molly Newman, Barbara Damashek (nominee)
*Best Original Score — Music by Barbara Damashek; Lyrics by Barbara Damashek (nominee)
*Best Featured Actress in a Musical :Evalyn Baron (nominee) :Lenka Peterson (nominee)
*Best Direction of a Musical — Barbara Damashek (nominee)


* [http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1891 plot at dramatists]

External links

* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4344 Internet Broadway Database listing]
* [http://nodanw.com/shows_q/quilters.htm synopsis at NODANW]

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