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a musical fantasy
book & lyrics by Erik Haagensen      music by Richard Isen
based upon the book by Peter S. Beagle

If you're a fan of SIX FEET UNDER you'll love A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE."
    -Stephen Flaherty (Tony Award® winning composer of RAGTIME, , SEUSSICAL)
A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE is a musical fantasy about finding love, redemption, and last chances in the most unexpected places. Based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle (author of "The Last Unicorn"), the cast of characters includes a respectable Jewish widow, a supernaturally gifted recluse, two young ghosts, and an irreverent, wisecracking raven.


Original Off Broadway Cast Recording coming in 2008

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The Barry Z show at the opening night party. - includes footage from the production and interviews with the cast and crew!

Official Opening Night off Broadway- April 27th. Check this link for photos

Reviews of The York Theatre Production

Audience Postings

Broadway World production photos

We spent the day at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx where we had lunch with two gravediggers, a security guard, an undertaker and others. For more photos of our fantastic adventure, follow this link.

Directed by Gabe Barre

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Cast Recording
"How wonderful it is to finally have the opportunity to enjoy and savor the score of Richard Isen and Erik Haagensen's A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE with its original cast. This is a show with real wit, wisdom and lyricism. If you're a fan of SIX FEET UNDER you'll love A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE."
    -Stephen Flaherty (Tony Award® winning composer of RAGTIME, ANASTASIA, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL)

"These gifted writers have written a delightful and moving chamber musical with a memorable score. I have no doubt that theatres all over the country will want to produce the show once they hear this undiscovered gem for themselves."
    -Richard Maltby, Jr. (Tony Award® winning Broadway veteran director, lyricist, for AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', BABY, CLOSER THAN EVER, SONG AND DANCE, MISS SAIGON)

"How wonderful that after 15 years, in this incredibly difficult time to get an actual original cast recording, Richard Isen and Erik Haagensen finally have a perfect document of their haunting show A Fine and Private Place. The cast is even more seasoned now, which gives the work a new resonance and depth, and more has happened in these years, loss, loss, loss, to make the whole notion of those dwelling in the 'world behind the world,' and needing a kind of care and love, even more powerful. Bravo!"
     -Ricky Ian Gordon (composer-lyricist of the musicals MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE, DREAM TRUE, and the song cycle, ONLY HEAVEN, and the CD of original songs, BRIGHT EYED JOY)

"A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE is a musical of distinction. Its score is dramatic and tuneful, its lyrics witty and original. Messrs. Haagensen and Isen have fashioned a thoroughly compelling and moving piece of musical theatre. So, where's the next one?"

"How fitting that a show about the enduring nature of love should produce such a warm and winning recording. What a pleasure to welcome A Fine and Private Place into our CD collections, smack-dab between Fiddler on the Roof and Finian's Rainbow."
      -Peter Filichia   theatermania.com

The CD recording featuring the Goodspeed-at-Chester cast was released on July 6, 2004. You can purchase the CD at several on-line stores as well as from various music download sites as it becomes available.

More info about the CD including artists, artwork and the pdf version of the CD booklet is available. You can also listen to streaming media files of the entire recording.

Read the story of how Peter S. Beagle's 1960 novel came to the stage and finally made its way into the recording studio. Includes press quotes, production credits, video information, articles, memorabilia and some other surprises.

If you're looking for a press release (PDF), recent reviews of the CD recording, stage production press quotes, downloadable graphic files suitable for publication, please follow this link.

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