James Joyce’s The Dead

The story centers on a married woman whose long-buried love for another man is reawakened by a song at a Christmas Eve party.

A husband and wife’s emotional distance from each other is exposed at an Irish Christmas party, when the wife becomes haunted by memories of a dead lover, in this musical version of the classic James Joyce short story. 

James Joyce’s The Dead Production Image


  • Book
    Richard Nelson
  • Music
    Shaun Davey
  • Lyrics Conception and Adaptation
    Richard Nelson
    Shaun Davey
  • Director
    Richard Nelson
  • Choreographer
    Seán Curran
  • Set Design
    David Jenkins
  • Costume Design
    Jane Greenwood
  • Lighting Design
    Jennifer Tipton
  • Sound Design
    Scott Lehrer
  • Hair & Wig Design
    Paul Huntley
  • Assistant Costume Design
    MaryAnn D. Smith
  • Orchestrations
    Shaun Davey
  • Production Stage Manager
    Matthew Silver


  • Gretta Conroy
    Blair Brown
  • Mrs. Malins
    Paddy Croft
  • Mr. Browne
    Brian Davies
  • Young Julia Morkan
    Daisy Eagan
  • Michael
    Dashiell Eaves
  • Aunt Julia Morkan
    Sally Ann Howes
  • Bartell D'Arcy
    John Kelly
  • Lily
    Brooke Sunny Moriber
  • Marni Nixon
    Kate Morkan
  • Miss. Molly Ivors
    Alice Ripley
  • Mary Jane Morkan
    Emily Skinner
  • Freddy Malins
    Stephen Spinella
  • Gabriel Conroy
    Christopher Walken

Show Information

  • Preview Date
    December 12, 1999
  • Opening Date
    January 9, 2000
  • Closing Date
    April 14, 2000
  • Location
    Belasco Theatre
    111 West 44th Street
    New York, New York
  • Tony Award®
    Best Actor in a Musical - Christopher Walken (Nominee)
    Best Book of a Musical - Richard Nelson (Winner)
    Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Stephen Spinella (Nominee)
    Best Musical (Nominee)
    Best Original Score - Richard Nelson/Shaun Davey (Nominee)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award
    Outstanding Director of a Musical - Richard Nelson (Nominee)
    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Stephen Spinella (Winner)
    Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Blair Brown (Nominee)
    Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award
    Best Musical (Winner)
  • Drama League Award
    Distinguished Production of a Musical (Nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award
    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Stephen Spinella (Winner)
    Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Sally Ann Howes (Nominee)
    Outstanding Music - Shaun Davey (Nominee)
    Outstanding Musical (Nominee)


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