James Joyce's The Dead

James Joyce's The Dead is a Broadway musical by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey based upon James Joyce's short story "The Dead".

James Joyce's The Dead
Original Broadway Playbill
MusicShaun Davey
LyricsShaun Davey
Richard Nelson
BookRichard Nelson
BasisThe Dead
by James Joyce
Productions1999 Off-Broadway
2000 Broadway
Awards2000 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical


The musical was originally presented Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, starting on October 1, 1999. The opening night cast included Blair Brown, Paddy Croft, Brian Davies, Daisy Eagan, Dashiell Eaves, Sally Ann Howes, John Kelly, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Marni Nixon, Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Stephen Spinella and Christopher Walken. Musical direction was by Charles Prince, with music co-ordination and percussion by Tom Partington.[1] It transferred to the Belasco Theatre on Broadway on January 11, 2000, where it completed a run of 120 performances before closing on April 16, 2000.[2]

The musical ran at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), from October 14, 2000 to November 12, 2000, with Faith Prince and Stephen Bogardus as Greta and Gabriel Conroy.[3] The musical had played an earlier engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from July 11, 2000 to September 3, 2000.[4]


  • Killarney's Lakes – Mary Jane Morkan, Aunt Kate Morkan and Rita
  • Kate Kearney – Michael, Mary Jane Morkan and Company
  • Parnell's Plight – Miss Molly Ivors, Michael, Gabriel Conroy, Gretta Conroy and Company
  • Adieu to Ballyshannon – Gabriel Conroy and Gretta Conroy
  • When Lovely Lady – Aunt Julia Morkan and Aunt Kate Morkan
  • Three Jolly Pigeons – Freddy Malins, Mr. Browne and Company
  • Goldenhair – Gretta Conroy and Gabriel Conroy
  • Three Graces – Gabriel Conroy and Company
  • Naughty Girls – Aunt Julia Morkan, Aunt Kate Morkan, Mary Jane Morkan and Company
  • Wake the Dead – Freddy Malins and Company
  • D'Arcy's Aria – Bartell D'Arcy
  • Queen of Our Hearts – Mr. Browne, Freddy Malins, Gabriel Conroy, Bartell D'Arcy and Michael
  • When Lovely Lady (Reprise) – Young Julia Morkan and Aunt Julia Morkan
  • Michael Furey – Gretta Conroy
  • The Living and the Dead – Gabriel Conroy and Company

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2000 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Stephen Spinella Won
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Sally Ann Howes Nominated
Outstanding Music Shaun Davey Nominated
Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Richard Nelson Won
Best Original Score Shaun Davey and Richard Nelson Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Christopher Walken Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Stephen Spinella Nominated


  1. Off-Broadway production listing www.lortel.org, accessed January 30, 2015
  2. " The Dead listing" www.playbillvault.com, accessed January 30, 2015
  3. Jones, Kenneth. The Dead Revived at Kennedy Center With Prince and Bogardus, Oct. 14-Nov. 12" playbill.com, October 14, 2000
  4. Criston, Lawrence. "Review" variety.com, July 21, 2000
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