The Distant Bells

The Distant Bells

The Distant Bells tells the story of three generations of the Bell family – Margaret, the matriarch, her daughters Irene and Evelyn, and Irene’s 20-year old son, Joseph. When Margaret’s long estranged ex-husband, Frank, dies suddenly, his presence is once again felt in the family. Old wounds are re-opened and new secrets are revealed as the family comes together to lay Frank to rest in every possible way. Full of comedy and drama, The Distant Bells takes you on a journey with the family as they figure out if they’ll survive this week together…and if they even want to…

The Distant Bells will receive a 29-hour reading produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in March 2011. The amazing cast for the reading will be Chita Rivera, Ana Gasteyer, Christopher Sieber, James Snyder, Jason Tam and Andy Mientus! Click here to read all about it on Playbill.com.

Music Samples

“Opening: Let Me Survive”
Ana Gasteyer as Irene Bell
Danny Burstein as John Ferguson
Jayne Paterson as Evelyn Bell
Kyle Dean Massey as Nick Clinton
Gerard Canonico as Joseph Bell


“That’s More Like It”
Chita Rivera as Margaret Bell
Ana Gasteyer as Irene Bell
Jayne Paterson as Evelyn Bell
Gerard Canonico as Joseph Bell


“Evelyn’s Home”
Jayne Paterson as Evelyn Bell
Ana Gasteyer as Irene Bell


Honors
The Distant Bells was a finalist for the 2009 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Musical Theatre Conference.