Larry's Party: a musical based
on the novel by Carol Shields
Book and Lyrics by Richard Ouzounian,
Music by Marek Norman.
Commissioned by the Canadian Stage
Company of Toronto, starring Tony Award winner Brent Carver
and directed by internationally-known Director/Designer
Robin Phillips, Larry's Party premiered and broke
box office records in Toronto before equally successful
runs at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Manitoba
Theatre Center in Winnipeg. Larry's Party was nominated
for a Dora Award for Best New Musical.
Included in Larry's Party is
an introduction by Richard Ouzounian, the entire play's
script and four original songs from the musical.
here to order.
The bestselling novel has been transformed
into a musical which equals the charm, humour and compassion
found in the original by award winning novelist Carol
Shields. The story of Larry Weller, the master mazemaker,
is a rich source for Ouzounian's thoughtful lyrics and
Norman's moving score. Nine performers play the wide
range of characters who Larry meets on his unique journey
through life. The libretto features music for four of
the songs featured in the show. Larry's Party moves
audiences to laughter and tears while experiencing a
journey common to many."
For those who may be interested
in producing Larry's Party, please contact
Richard Ouzounian regarding rights and reading scripts.
The genius of Carol Shields is
that she was able to find the biggest truths in the
- Richard Ouzounian
Notes on Larry's Party
"Where you start from, there you end,"
Carol Shields tells us on the final page of Larry's Party.
But where did the musical version of her book actually
start? With a phone call, of course, like most theatrical
The play opens where the novel ends
- at a party at Larry's place - giving him the opportunity
to look back and examine the people and circumstances
that brought him to where he is. The fixtures in his
life consist of a mother absorbed in grief and remembering,
a father who is "good and solid and quiet and true,"
an upwardly mobile first wife, a controlling, ambitious
second wife, friends, associates, and a sister who acts
as a frank buffer between them all. Happenstance is
a key factor here, placing Larry in a maze of his own,
where at varying times he is lost, happy, confused,
sick, and sad. No matter what his state though, Larry
heroically continues on, and in doing so, debunks the
myth of the ordinary."
- Elizabeth Mitchell,
Quill and Quire
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