The Green Heart

The Green Heart opened in New York on April 10, 1997 at the Variety Arts Theater.  

A musical comedy with lyrics and music by Rusty Magee based on the short story “The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, which was also the inspiration for the film “A New Leaf”. William Graham, a selfish, egotistical millionaire, discovers to his dismay that he has run through his entire inheritance. He is flat broke. His glamorous Teutonic mistress, Uta, gets the brainstorm that he should marry a wealthy woman who will support them both. Bill latches onto Henrietta, a hopelessly eccentric Professor of Botany and heiress to a large fortune.  Bill marries Henrietta and moves into her mansion. As Bill extricates her from the exploitive clutches of her corrupt lawyer, McPherson, and sinister housekeeper, Mrs.Tragger, he finds himself to his amazement falling in love with his wife! The plot thickens when Bill attempts to break up with Uta. Livid, his former mistress gets in cahoots with McPherson and Tragger to gain control of Henrietta’s fortune. A musical black comedy-thriller, the principal characters plot and double-cross each other in an ingenious plot that ends with a time bomb threatening to blow up the entire cast.


Book by Charles Busch; music & lyrics by Rusty Magee; based on the short story "the Green Heart" by Jack Ritchie; directed by Kenneth Elliott, musical staging, Joey McKneely; set design, James Noone; costume design, Robert Mackintosh; lighting designer, Kirk Bookman; sound design, Tom Morso; production stage manager, Michael R. Moody.  Presented by the Manhattan Theater Club, Artistic Director, Lynne Meadow; Executive Director, Barry Grove;  Associate Artistic Director, Michael Bush; General Manager, Victoria Bailey.


David Andrew Macdonald (William Graham), Alison Fraser (Uta), Karen Trout (Henrietta Lowell), John Ellison Conlee (McPherson), Ruth Williamson (Mrs. Tragger). 

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th  Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036.

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