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Promotional poster for the musical

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (better known as Snow White Live) is a stage musical based on the 1937 animated feature film. It premiered at Radio City Music Hall in 1979, and is known for saving the building from being torn down. It starred Broadway stage veteran Anne Francine as The Evil Queen, Richard Bowne as Prince Charming, and Mary-Jo Salerno as Snow White, and was directed and staged by Frank Wagner and produced by Robert Jani. In 1980, it was televised on HBO, and in 1987 on Disney Channel.

Plot

Prologue

The musical opens with narration that tells of a beautiful Queen sitting by the window watching the falling snow and thinking to herself, "Would that if I had a daughter with skin as fair as that snow, with hair as black as the raven's crest and lips as red as cherry wine." Soon the Queen gave birth to a daughter who was the very essence of her wish, and she and the King named the princess Snow White. After the Queen died, the King became lonely, and after many years, he took a new Queen from the far-off land of Shi-tan so that Snow White would have a mother in her life.

Act One

The kingdom is celebrating the marriage of the King and his new queen. She has brought with her from Shi-tan her lady-in-waiting Luna, and her personal huntsman. When Snow White makes her entrance, the Queen notices that the King loves her very much. She then lies to the King that they must arrange for the safety of the rest of her subjects back to her homeland in order instead of sharing the first dance with him. In her chambers, the Queen summons the slave in her magic mirror and she asks: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" The Mirror is reluctant to answer, but after much persuasion, it says that Snow White has far outshone the Queen's beauty. She then summons Luna before her to take Snow White to the ramshackle village far beyond the Kingdom and see to it that the girl is dressed in rags and forced to do heavy work and backbreaking labor until her beauty is destroyed. Luna agrees to do so and takes Snow White, who is oblivious to the scheme. Time passes in the village, where hard labor has done everything but destroy Snow White's beauty. She makes friends with the women of the village and tells them of her wish to find true love. Just then, a traveling prince from the neighboring Kingdom of Heart hears Snow White singing, and he falls in love instantly. But the startled princess flees to her house where she watches him from afar. Back at the castle, the Queen finds out Snow White remains more beautiful than her. The Queen decides to summon her huntsman, and she instructs him to go to the village and tell Snow White he has come to take her home to her father, and to take her into a secluded glade in the forest and kill her and bring back her heart as proof that the deed had been done. The huntsman, not wanting to suffer a fate worse than death, reluctantly agrees to do so. But the huntsman cannot bring himself to kill the princess and tells Snow White of the Queen's jealousy, and to run into the forest and to never return to the castle. After her flight through the forest, Snow White encounters the forest animals who take her to a cottage deep in the forest. When she discovers what a mess the cottage is, she decides to clean it in hopes of winning favor with the owners. In the diamond mines, the owners of the cottage are preparing to return home. They are seven dwarfs: Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. Upon seeing that someone is in their house, they think it is a monster, so they go up to their bedroom to kill it. But when they see that it is a beautiful girl, they find she is no harm to them, except Grumpy (as he says). Snow White wakes up and sees them, and she tells them about herself and of her stepmother. The dwarfs agree to let Snow White stay if she keeps the house for them while they work in the mines.

Act Two

The prince returns to the village. Learning about what happened to Snow White, he and the huntsman go to tell the King. Meanwhile, the Queen finds out Snow White is still alive, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. She goes deep into the dungeons and concocts a magic potion. She drinks the potion, and she transforms into an ugly old crone. She then decides to kill Snow White with a poisoned apple, of which Snow White would have to take one bite and she would fall into the Sleeping Death. In the King's chambers, the King becomes very worried, but the prince and the huntsman tell him of the Queen's jealousy and her plans for Snow White. The King orders Luna to be brought before him, and he decides to throw her in the dungeon to rot there for the rest of her days. The prince then races to find Snow White before the Queen does. Back at the cottage, unaware of the Queen's plot, Snow White and the dwarfs dance and tell stories, and Snow White tells them of her wish for the prince to find her. The next day, the dwarfs go to the mines, and they tell Snow White not to let anyone into the house. When they finally leave, the old crone appears and tempts Snow White with the poisoned apple, telling her it will grant any wish her heart desires. Snow White believes the old crone and bites into the apple, and falls to the ground in a deathlike sleep. At the mines, Snow White's animal friends warn the dwarfs of the Queen. The dwarfs then chase the Queen to the top of a cliff. She threatens to crush them with a boulder, but a bolt of lightning splits the ledge and The Evil Queen is hurled to her death at the bottom of the chasm.

Epilogue

The dwarfs find Snow White seemingly dead on the floor, so they build a coffin of glass and lay her in it. They keep watch over her until the prince finally finds her. As he opens the coffin, he leans in to kiss his beloved for the first and last time. But then Snow White wakes up alive, the spell having been broken. She and her prince are married, she is reunited with her father, and she thanks the dwarfs for everything they have done for her. Snow White and The Prince then ride up to his castle in the clouds.

Productions

The original production opened at the Radio City Music Hall on October 18, 1979, and closed on November 18, 1979 after 38 performances, so Radio City could put on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (went up November 25, 1979 to and closed after 91 performances on January 6, 1980). Snow White re-opened on January 11, 1980, and closed after 68 performances on March 9, 1980, a total of 106 performances.

Cast

Character Actor
Snow White Mary Jo Salerno
Prince Charming Richard Bowne
The Queen Anne Francine
The Witch Charles Hall
Doc Don Potter
Grumpy Benny Freigh
Happy Richard Day
Bashful Jay Edward Allen
Sneezy Louis Carry
Sleepy Jerry Riley
Dopey Michael E. King
Huntsman Bruce Sherman
The Mirror Charles Hall
The King Thomas Ruisinger
Luna Yolande Bavan
Greta Heidi Coe
Mother Lauren Lipson
Chamberlain David Pursley

Musical Numbers

Gallery

External links


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Media

Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Video
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | The 7D
Video games: Video game | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Little Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen | Snow White's Royal Wedding

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Club Villain | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Animation Building | Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Dream Along with Mickey | Fairy Tale Forest | Fantasmic! | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | La Chaumière des Sept Nains | Le Livre Magique de Mickey | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey Mouse Revue | Mountainside Treasures | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time Adventure | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Seven Dwarfs' Mine | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Singin', Dancin', Heigh Ho! | Snow White's Golden Anniversary Celebration | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | Snow White: Happily Ever After | Snow White Grotto | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Golden Mickeys | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Tonight! | World of Color: Celebrate!

Characters

Snow White | The Queen | Prince | The Huntsman | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Bashful | Sleepy | Sneezy | Dopey | Forest Animals | Fly | Raven | Vultures

Objects

Magic Mirror | Poisoned Apple | Wishing Well | Heart Box

Locations

The Queen's Castle | Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs | Dwarfs' Mine | Forest | The Prince's Castle

Songs

Original: I'm Wishing | One Song | With a Smile and a Song | Whistle While You Work | Heigh Ho | Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Dwarfs' Washing Song) | The Silly Song | Some Day My Prince Will Come
Unused Songs: Music In Your Soup | You're Never Too Old

See Also

Bad Seven Dwarfs | Unused Dwarfs | Merchandise | Promotional material | Parodies | Legacy | Musical | Disney Sing Along Songs: Heigh-Ho

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