The Life: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Life follows a group of individuals who have fallen on hard times and are living on the fringes of society. Central to the story is Queen, a woman with a difficult past, and her relationship with a young newcomer named Mary. As they navigate the challenges and intricacies of their surroundings, the musical explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams for a better life.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1990)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1980s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music/Book: Cy Coleman

Lyrics/Book: Ira Gasman

Book: David Newman


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Musicnotes➝

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1997)➝


1990s, Dramatic, Edgy, Female Leads, Gospel, Jazz, Soul

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