Adapted from Joyce Carol Thomas' National Book Award-winning novel,
Marked by Fire

With a book by James Racheff and Ted Kociolek, music by Ted Kociolek,
and lyrics by James Racheff

'Abyssinia' onstage at the Goodspeed
Oklahoma-based musical's book by Racheff, Kociolek
based on Marked by Fire

The Goodspeed Opera House ended its 2005 season with a sold-out run of Abyssinia!

A young girl's voice can heal the world ...

Set in rural Oklahoma at the turn of the century, Abyssinia is an uplifting tale of a young girl's joys, sorrows, and triumph of faith. Born during a terrifying tornado, Abyssinia is given the gift of song and a healing spirit to inspire her entire community. An exuberant musical that resounds with plenty of spiritual thunder and melodic lightning, Abyssinia packs an emotional power that surely will bring joy to your heart. Suitable for ages 10 and older.

This musical has a book by James Racheff and Ted Kociolek, music by Kociolek and lyrics by Racheff. Based on the novel Marked by Fire by Joyce Carol Thomas, the musical was produced at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theater in 1987 and again in 1988.

"Audiences loved it so much, they've been asking for it ever since," said Goodspeed exec director Michael P. Price. "With a timeless story and such glorious music, this is an important show for us to revisit and finally produce on the mainstage." Variety

Read what critics have said about past performances ...

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