The Apple Tree


Writers: Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick Jerome Coopersmith


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
The Garden of Eden, Barbarian Kingdom, and London
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Community Theatre, College/University
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters


The Apple Tree is three one-act musicals that can be presented separately or in any combination to provide a full evening of entertainment. The first act is The Diary of Adam and Eve. Adapted from Mark Twain’s Extracts From Adam’s Diary, this story takes a look at the relationship troubles of the first couple on Earth. The second act is The Lady or the Tiger? Based on the story by Frank R. Stockton, this mythical story investigates forbidden love. The third act is Passionella. Based on Jules Feiffer’s offbeat Cinderella story, this fairy tale explores the meaning of true love. From the songwriting team that brought you Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me, The Apple Tree features a small cast, catchy music, and three delightful stories about the fickleness of love.

This guide is based on the 2006 Broadway revival of The Apple Tree. Actors are often double or triple cast, playing multiple roles throughout the acts. The suggested size of the ensemble is 8; however, this can be expanded or reduced as necessary.

Lead Characters

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