The Apple Tree

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Show Credits: Music and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Book by Sheldon Harnick
Additional Book Material by Jerome Coopersmith
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Bock
Book by Jerry Bock

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The brilliant songwriting team behind Fiddler On The Roof and She Love Me bring us another witty, tuneful and utterly charming musical in The Apple Tree. The original production was directed by Mike Nichols and helped launch the career of Barbara Harris, who won a TONY for her role.

The Apple Tree is made up of three musical miniatures that can be presented separately, or in any combination, to fill out a theatrical evening. "The Diary Of Adam And Eve" is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple adapted from Mark Twain's Extracts From Adam's Diary. "The Lady Or The Tiger?," a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom explores the fickleness of love. "Passionella" is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love.


The Apple Tree is the perfect star vehicle for a woman and a man. Modest in its production requirements, this small cast show soars with Bock and Harnick's trademark warmth and humanity, amidst tongue-in-cheek humor.

Insight from the experts Staging Tip: From Jerome Coopersmith -- In preparing "The Lady Or The Tiger" sequence of THE APPLE TREE, we needed names for the leading characters. Frank Stockton, the original author, gave us none; saying only that they lived in a semi-barbaric kingdom. That was my clue. Half of barbaric, loosely speaking, is Barbara, the name I gave to the fiery princess. The other half is Arik which I called her father, the king.

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