Romeo & Juliet - The Musical

by Literature Through Music

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    releases October 1, 2019

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Prologue (Chorus)
Paris Seeks You For His Love (Lady Capulet)
Prologue (Chorus)
I'll To My Truckle Bed (Mercutio)
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? (Romeo & Juliet)
Marry Us To-Day (Friar Laurence & Romeo)
Now Art Thou Romeo (Mercutio & Romeo)
Nurse, What News? (Juliet & Nurse)
A Plague A' Both Your Houses (Mercutio, Romeo & Prince)
Break, My Heart Break (Juliet)
Do Not Say Banishment (Romeo)
We Were Born To Die (Capulet)
I Will Not Marry Paris (Romeo & Juliet)
O Shut The Door (Juliet & Friar Laurence)
This Is As It Should Be (Capulet)
Go Waken Juliet (Capulet)
I Defy You Stars (Romeo)
Friar John, What Says Romeo? (Friar Laurence)
Juliet And Her Romeo (Romeo, Juliet & Prince)


Every scene has been turned into a song from an important character's perspective, sometimes multiple characters.

Romeo & Juliet The Musical strictly uses William Shakespeare's original lines.


releases October 1, 2019

Written by Rob McGlade
Featuring Aine Stapleton
Recorded in LTM Studios, Edinburgh, UK


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Track Name: O Teach Me How I Should Forget To Think (Romeo)
Benvolio, is the day so young? (I.I.158)
O my dear cousin, sad hours seem long. (I.I.159)
O me, what fray was here? Yet tell me not,
I have heard it all. (I.I.171)
Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love (I.I.172)

Love is a smoke made with a fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes (I.I.189)
Tut, I have lost myself, I am not here.
This is not Romeo, he’s some otherwhere. (I.I.195)
In sadness, I do love a woman, oh cousin, she’s fair... (I.I.204)

She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair
To merit bliss by making me despair. (I.I.219)
She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead that live to tell it now (I.I.221)
O teach me how I should forget to think! (I.I.224)
Track Name: She Is The Hopeful Lady Of My Earth (Capulet & Benvolio)
My child is yet a stranger of the world; she hath not seen the change of fourteen years (I.II.9)

Mothers are too soon marred so early married, she is the hopeful lady of my earth (I.II.14)
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart. My will to her consent is but a part,

And, she agreed, within her scope of choice lies my consent and fair according voice (I.II.18)

Why, Romeo, art thou mad? Tis not sad, if Rosaline sups at Capulet’s feast (I.II.53)

Compare her face with some that I shall show, And I will make thee think thy swan a crow. (I.II.88)

Take some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die (I.II.49)

But in that crystal scales let there be weighed your lady’s love against some other maid.
Track Name: Queen Mab Hath Been With You (Mercutio)
Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance. (I.IV.13)
Borrow Cupid’s wings, greet this happenstance (I.IV.17)
If love be rough with you, be rough with love;
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. (I.IV.27)

You say you ‘dreamt a dream last night’, well so did I (I.IV.50)
That dream I dreamt last night was dreamers often lie (I.IV.52)
You say ‘in bed asleep while they dream things true’ (I.IV.53)
O well then I see Queen Mab hath been with you (I.IV.54)

She is the fairies midwife, her chariot is an empty hazel hut (I.IV.67)
And in this state she gallops night by night through lovers’ brains
And then they dream of love; o’er courtiers’ knees,
O’er lawyers’ fingers, o’er ladies’ lips (I.IV.74)

Her traces are of the smallest spider web
Her collars of the moonshine’s wat’ry beams;
Her whip, of cricket’s bone; the lash, of film;
Her waggoner, a small grey-coated gnat (I.IV.64)

True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. (I.IV.98)
Track Name: Let Lips Do What Hands Do (Romeo & Juliet)
If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this;
For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers‘ kiss.

Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?

Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in pray’r.

O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do! They pray... (I.V.91-102)

What is her mother? Is she a Capulet? O dear account my life is my foe’s debt. (I.V.116)

My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown and known too late! (I.V.137)
Track Name: One Short Minute (Romeo)
Amen, amen!

Come what sorrow can, it cannot countervail the exchange of joy

That one short minute gives me in her sight. Do thou but close our hands with holy words,

Then love-devouring death do what he dare; it is enough I may but call her mine. (II.VI.8)

Ah, Juliet, sweeten with thy breath this neighbour air and let rich music’s tongue

Unfold the imagin’d happiness that both receive. (II.V.27)
Track Name: What If This Mixture Does Not Work At All? (Juliet)
So please you, let me now be left alone and let the nurse this night sit up with you
For I am sure that you have your hands full in all of this sudden business (IV.III.12)

[JULIET aside]
Farewell! God knows when we’ll meet again.
My dismal scene, I needs must act alone.

Come, vial, what if this mixture does not work at all?
Shall I be married then, to-morrow morning? This dagger says ‘no’! (IV.III.24)

Come vial, what if the friar hath given me poison, to have me dead?
What if I’m laid in the tomb and awake before my Romeo comes? (IV.III.32)

O, look! methinks I see my cousin’s ghost, seeking out my Romeo (IV.III.55)
Romeo, Romeo, I come. This I do drink to thee. (IV.III.57)
Track Name: My Lady Is Dead (Nurse & Capulet)

Mistress, Juliet! Fie, you slug-a-bed! Why, love, sweetheart, what not a word? (IV.V.3)
How sound is she asleep? I needs must wake her up. Will it not be? Lady, lady, lady!

My lady is dead! O lamentable day! (IV.IV.15)

[CAPULET to all]

Let me see her, out, alas, she’s cold; her blood is settled. Life and this lips have separated.
Death, that hath ta’en her hence to make me wail, ties up my tongue, makes my speech fail.

Ready to go to church, but never return, death is my son-in-law, death is my heir;
My daughter he hath wedded; I will die and leave him all, life, living, all is Death’s (IV.V.30-40)

Despis’d, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d! O child, O child, my soul and not my child!
Dead art thou; alack my child is dead and with my child my joys are buried. (IV.V.60)

All things that we ordained festival, turn their office to black funeral (IV.V.85)

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