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Liberty Jail — A Musical

LibertyJailLOGOBook and Lyrics by Orson Scott Card.

Music by C. Michael Perry.

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups)

At the end of the persecutions of the Mormons in Missouri, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon and three others were imprisoned in a jail at Liberty, Missouri. The conflicts that arose there and the friendships that were formed shaped the future history of the Mormon Church — and also brought to Mormon Scripture the beautiful and poetic Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants. This musical drama will have your audience totally involved with beautiful music, a deeply moving story and a variety of characters.

There is some mild profanity that can be edited.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 11M 4W (doubling included)
  • Space setting
  • About 2 hours
  • Order #2005

Available for ALL producing groups.


REVIEWS

“Absorbing, moving … a powerful drama … powerful music.” PROVO DAILY HERALD.

“A Mormon classic! The score is lyrical and sometimes thrilling.” UTAH HOLIDAY MAGAZINE.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first act of this 2-act musical: LibertyJailPERUSAL 
  • Liberty Jail Original Cast Album is available for $14.99 (plus shipping and handling)  Order #2005f: $9.99 plus shipping and Utah sales tax HERE.

SONG LIST

  • Overture  •  Orchestra (3:51)
  • One of the Smith Boys / He’s Your Friend  •  Macrae & Company (1:02)
  • I Ain’t A Snake  •  Caleb (:46)
  • Time  •  Lyman (1:04)
  • I Thank Thee / A Place Without Sun  •  Sidney / Alex (2:41)
  • Simple Men  •  Hyrum (1:16)
  • When Did The Man Become A Prophet  •  Joseph, Hyrum (2:50)
  • Unremarkable They Grow  •  Hyrum (2:10)
  • Jailbreaker Jed  •  Prisoners (1:56)
  • God Is Near / Liberty Jail Sextet  •  Joseph / Prisoners (2:51)
  • Overture to Act 2  •  Orchestra (2:17)
  • Letters  •  Joseph, Hyrum, Emma, Mary (3:50)
  • Deeper Than You Know  •  Sidney (2:06)
  • Joseph’s Prayer  •  Joseph (2:16)
  • Brother Joseph / Only  •  Visitors / Hyrum (5:32)
  • Only (reprise)  •  Joseph, Hyrum  (2:08)
  • Pavilions / He’s Your Friend / Liberty Jail  •  Macrae & Company (4:15)
  • Curtain Call  •  Orchestra (:53)

SONG SAMPLES (from the Original Cast Recording)


REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE

  • Script in PDF format — Order #2005a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #2005b : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #2005c : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2005d : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Second Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2005e : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Orchestration in PDF format — Order#2005h : $90.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) Orchestrations available: Piano OR Piano, bass, 2 flutes, 2 violins, banjo, electric guitar, vibes or electric piano

    PerformanceTraks CD — Order 2005 j : $75.00 rental fee (Needs to be returned to us after your production)


  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application

EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

 

NOTE ON SHEET MUSIC OF INDIVIDUAL SONGS: If you are looking for sheet music for a particular song from the show, we can make that available to you for a small fee. We have had a lot of demand for this and, while we love to make the big bucks, we would prefer to just meet you needs and get you the song you want at a more nominal price, which in the end is better for you and easier for us. 


Photos of the real Liberty Jail

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PRODUCTIONS:

  • Greenbriar Theatre, West Jordan, Utah — 1979
  • Premiered at The Valley Center Theatre, Provo, Utah — 1978

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