Box Office – Marie: A New Musical

Marie: A New Musical

Mar 22 – Apr 14, 2019

Tickets on sale to the public on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Marie: A New Musical is currently available for purchase as part of a season ticket subscription or group.

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed & Choreographed by Susan Stroman

As sometimes happens with the development of a new work, the title has changed, but the show remains the same.The 5th Avenue Theatre brings you an exquisite new musical (formerly titled Little Dancer) based on a famed masterpiece by Edgar Degas and the unknown dancer who inspired it. Part fact, part fiction and set in the glamorous and dangerous backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this magnificent new musical follows a young woman caught between the conflicting demands of life and art, and an artist with one last chance for greatness. Marie: A New Musical is a sumptuous masterpiece bound for the world stage; Seattle will have a front row seat at its creation.

From the award-winning creators of Ragtime, Once On This Island and Anastasia; and five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman.


Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed & Choreographed by Susan Stroman

Casting will be announced in late 2018 or early 2019.

Marie: A New Musical

Marie's story is inspired by the famous sculpture Little Dancer of a young ballerina  by Edgar Degas; the show is set in Paris in 1880 and 1917. Marie, the model for the sculpture, is one of the Paris Opera Ballet’s “little rats,” so called because “they’re always scurrying in the corridors. And they’re always hungry.”

Marie is a brand-new musical which is still being developed, so some alterations may be made in the show’s book and lyrics during the rehearsal and preview process. 

Adult Language:

There is little adult language and it is mild. Characters throw epithets at each other when they are quarreling or have had too much to drink: “Whore!” “Selfish bitch!” “She should have kicked you in the balls long ago!” are among the insults shouted.

Sexual References:

The “Abonnes,” wealthy gentlemen who are patrons of the ballet, have the privilege of visiting backstage to see the youngest dancers (the little girls sing, “Cue the men / In the black top hats / Wealthy men / And the little rats / We know that’s / How a girl / Sometimes gets / Something free.”) One of the men, seeing Marie’s broken toe shoes, offers to buy her new ones; she responds, “I would never take anything from a stranger!”

Marie’s mother, Martine, who is a laundress, was once a dancer: “Along comes a handsome tailor / I’m soon in the family way / And that was the end of the ballet. / What a price to pay!”

Marie’s oldest sister, Antoinette, is a high-living courtesan; her lover is Philippe, the man who offered to buy Marie’s toe shoes. She dresses Marie up and tries to instruct her: “There is a way to have your dinner bought / And to be treated to your wine.” Sexual references are indirect or innuendoes: told that Marie has attracted the attention of Christian, a musician, Antoinette remarks, “Darling, I’m sure he has a very nice instrument. But you want someone with wealth or connections.”


Marie’s mother, Martine, who has had a hard life, drinks from a flask as she irons. She is frequently drunk and her daughters, Marie and Charlotte, hide their earnings (and their booty from picking pockets) in a hole in the wall to protect it from when “Mama gets lit.”

At a café, Marie is offered a drink by a man, but Philippe sweeps it away. Marie’s mother is also at the café with her landlord: both have had too much to drink.


Martine and the landlord quarrel over who will pay the bar tab and begin slapping at each other; Marie intervenes to defend her mother and the three begin fighting. Marie shouts at Martine about her missing money and Martine slaps her. Christian punches Philippe when he tries to pressure her into letting him be her patron. Antoinette slaps Philippe when she learns of his attentions to Marie.