Magdalena: Musical Info & Synopsis


Magdalena is set in a village along the Magdalena River in Colombia, where Padre José is overseeing festivities at a shrine dedicated to the Miracle Madonna. However, trouble brews when Pedro arrives, causing disruptions and sparking jealousy. Pedro, angered by the celebrations, plots to steal the Madonna statue, believing it brings harm to the tribe. Magdalena is a folk opera that touches on themes of adventure, religion, status, and belonging.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1948)

Cast: 12+

Genre: Adventure

Setting: Columbia

Creative Team

Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest

Book: Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Homer Curran

Cast Albums

New York Concert Cast (1989)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝


1940s, Classical, Folk, Golden Age, Obscure, One Word, OperettaOriginalReligious

Similar Musicals

If you’re looking to discover new shows, here are some musicals like Magdalena.


Return to the complete A-Z musicals list »