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Nightmare AlleyNightmare Alley

A musical drama in 2 acts. Music/Lyrics/Book/Orchestrations by Jonathan Brielle: Based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham and the Paramount film

Primary Stages (Theatre 3), Off Broadway Opened 16th November; closed 1st December, 1966 (15 perfs, 1preview)

Revised - World premiere Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles - April 13 – May 23, 2010


Stan is a bogus mind-reader in a small-time carnival who revives Zeena and Pete's long forgotten act as a means to get rich - with tragic results.

Nightmare Alley explores the darker side of human nature by taking us into the world of carnies, cons, and clairvoyants. With a score as wild as a funhouse and as emotionally evocative as a beautiful tightrope walker, this new musical tells the story of shocks that await you inside the big tent. Based on the darkly evocative 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, which became the subsequent cult-classic film noir, Nightmare Alley is a night at the theatre full of wondrous feats and enough spirit to make believers of us all.

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Musical Numbers:dvd cover to Tyrone Power film version

  1. Opening/Ten In One
  2. Someday Sometime
  3. Tough Cookies
  4. Questions
  5. Kid
  6. Molly
  7. Interlude
  8. Shuffle the Cards
  9. Whatever It Takes
  10. Lucky Heart
  11. Human Nature
  12. This Is Not What I Had Planned
  13. Science
  14. The Code
  15. Indecent Exposure
  16. All Will Come To You
  17. Cross That River
  18. Caroline
  19. Hit 'em Where It Hurts
  20. Nobody Home
  21. I Still Hear It All
  22. Don't You Love to Watch What People Do
  23. Unpredictable You
  24. Get Her to Do It
  25. Nightmare Alley
  26. Song of the Road