In the early 1900s, in western New York State, at Niagara Falls, Anna Edson Taylor is a 63-year-old teacher. Needing money, she decides to become the first woman to go over Niagara Falls, and designs her own barrel. She is helped by her manager, Frank Russell. "Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists, and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate." The score incorporates turn-of-the-century themes. Anna attempts to take advantage of her fame on the lecture circuit, but that does not last. Anna dies in a nursing home at age 82, a pauper.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times said the show "moves forward with a steady, fixed intensity that makes it feel as if it never moves forward at all". Steven Suskin of Variety said LaChuisa "developed a reputation for shows that are more esoteric than involving", but that Queen "breaks the pattern", and also noted that the score was "intelligent" and "tuneful". Aubry D'Arminio writing for Entertainment Weekly referred to the show as "beautifully odd".
The musical was the inaugural show of Transport Group's 20th Century Project. The musical premiered Off-Broadway at The Gym at Judson on November 6, 2011 and closed on December 4, 2011. The musical received positive reviews. The show received its UK Premiere at the Jack Studio Theatre in London, produced by Pint of Wine Theatre Company, on April 9, 2019 and closed on April 27, 2019.
There Is Greatness In Me—Anna Edson Taylor
A Letter to Jane/The Tiger—Anna, Jane
Glorious Devil/The Waters—Barker, Company, Anna
The Barrel/Cradle or Coffin—Anna
Types Like You—Mr. Russell, Anna
Do the Pan! -- Company, Anna, Mr. Russell
Floating Cloud/Cradle or Coffin Reprise—Rivermen, Anna
Laugh at the Tiger—Anna
On the Other Side—Mr. Russell
Act One Finale—Mr. Russell, Company, Anna
The Quintessential Hero—Anna, Company
Million Dolla’ Momma—Mr. Russell
Bookings (Part One) -- New Manager, Company, Anna
Break Down the Door—Carrie Nation, Company
Bookings (Part Two) -- Anna, New Manager
The Fall (Act Two Finale) -- Anna, Company
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Queen of the Mist (2019-09-Charing Cross Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Charing Cross Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 15 août 2019Première : lundi 19 août 2019Dernière : samedi 28 septembre 2019Mise en scène : Dom O'Hanlon • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Trudi Camilleri, Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane and Andrew Carter
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