The Secret Garden

the secret garden poster

Opened on Broadway on April 25, 1991
at the St. James Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Production poster
Royal Shakespeare Production poster

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Susan H. Schulman

photos by Richard Campbel

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Winner of
1991 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
1991 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical


Kevin Thomas Garcia
photo credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia

Lincoln Center Concert

In February 2016, Manhattan Concert Productions presented a concert performance of THE SECRET GARDEN as the fourth installment of its Broadway Series in 2016, at David Geffen Hall (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall) in Lincoln Center.  The all-star cast featured Sydney Lucas as Mary Lennox, Daisy Eagan as Martha, and Cheyenne Jackson as Dr. Neville Craven.

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secret garden spring versionSpring Version

The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical is as beautiful and spirited as the original in just half the time. Adapted by Marsha Norman from her Tony-award winning book, it tells the story of Mary Lennox, orphaned in India, who returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. On the estate, she discovers a locked garden filled with magic, a boy who talks to birds, and a cousin she brings back to health by putting him to work in the garden. The original chorus of ghosts has been replaced with a chorus of Readers, who sit onstage and watch the musical unfold before their eyes, singing in most scenes, and even participating as desired in the storm scene at the end of the first act, and the frolic in the Night Garden. Lucy Simon’s music, some of the most beautiful ever written for Broadway, has made this tale of regeneration a favorite for almost 20 years. This new “Spring Version” promises to be a treasure for children and adults.

Unlimited cast size, piano score only, perfect for middle school audience and junior performing companies. Available now from Samuel French.

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