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Musical
0001 - Life of the Party (1942)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
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Création: /10/1942 - Wilson Theatre (Detroit) - représ.



Musical
0002 - What's up (1943)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner • Arthur Pierson
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Création: 11/11/1943 - Nederlander Theatre (Broadway) - représ.



Musical
0003 - Day before spring (The) (1945)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
Production originale:
5 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: The 1945 touring production closed in Chicago after three days due to a crippling coal strike. The show then opened at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts on October 30, 1945, with the Billboard Magazine critic writing "Lerner and Loewe look like potential supermen." The musical opened on Broadway on November 22, 1945 at the National Theatre, and closed on April 13, 1946 after 167 performances. Directed by Edward Padula and choreographed by Antony Tudor, the cast included Lucille Benson, John Archer, Bert Freed, Irene Manning, and William Johnson. The show was performed in July 2007 by the York Theatre Company in New York City as part of their Mufti Theatre series. The York staged concert starred Hunter Bell, Amanda Watkins, Richard Todd Adams, Edward Watts and Tia Speros. The restoration of the show was undertaken by musical supervisors Aaron Gandy, Mark York and director David Glenn Armstrong and included material that had been missing since the show closed on Broadway in 1946. A treasure trove of material was bought by the Library of Congress in 1999 which filled the missing holes in the score.

Résumé: The plot concerns a married woman who, at a college reunion, meets the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame.

Création: 30/10/1945 - Shubert Theatre (Boston) - représ.



Musical
0004 - Brigadoon (1947)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
Production originale:
16 versions mentionnées
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Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as "Almost Like Being in Love" have become standards. It tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. The enchantment is viewed by them as a blessing rather than a curse, for it saved the village from destruction. According to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave, or the enchantment will be broken and the site and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village's inhabitants. The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. Brigadoon then received a West End production opening in 1949 that ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.

Genèse: The critic George Jean Nathan wrote that Lerner's book was based on a much older German story by Friedrich Gerstäcker, later translated by Charles Brandon Schaeffer, about the mythical village of Germelshausen that fell under an evil magic curse. In 1947, memories of World War II were too fresh to present a German-themed musical on Broadway, so Lerner reimagined the story in Scotland, complete with kilts, bonnie lassies, bagpipes, Highland flings and "Heather on the Hill". However, in his memoirs, The Street Where I Live, Lerner denied that he had based the book on an older story. He writes that after New York Times critic George Nathan had accused him of stealing the plot the Times "called and offered me space to answer him, which I did, labelling the whole accusation as rubbish and documenting the developments of [the] play into the final product." He goes on to write, "Nevertheless, to this day chroniclers of the musical theater invariably state Brigadoon was based on a folk tale and give Nathan as their authority." Lerner's name for his imaginary locale was probably based on a well-known Scottish landmark, the Brig o' Doon (Bridge of Doon), in Alloway, Scotland, in the heart of Robert Burns country. According to Burns's poem "Tam o'Shanter", this 13th century stone bridge is where the legendary Tam o' Shanter fled on his horse Meg in order to escape from three witches who were chasing him. Other sources suggest that the fictional village's name was constructed from the Celtic word "briga", which means "town" (such as in the old city names of Segobriga and Brigantium) and the Scottish Gaelic "dùn", which means a fort, e.g., Dundee or Dunfermline. The name may also be a reference to the Celtic Goddess Brigid, as in "Brigid's Hill". See also Alloway and D. Myers for another interpretation. Productions The original Broadway production, directed by Robert Lewis and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, opened March 13, 1947, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for 581 performances. It starred David Brooks as Tommy, Marion Bell as Fiona, Lee Sullivan as Charlie, James Mitchell as Harry, and Pamela Britton as Meg. The concertmistress of the orchestra was noted American violinist Joan Field. De Mille won the Tony Award for Best Choreography, and Bell and Mitchell won the Theatre World Award. The production enjoyed an extended North American tour. The musical's original West End production opened on April 14, 1949, at Her Majesty's Theatre, running for 685 performances. It starred Philip Hanna as Tommy, Patricia Hughes as Fiona, James Jamieson as Harry, and Noele Gordon as Meg. The musical was revived at New York City Center in May 1950.[5] and returned to Broadway seven years later, directed by George H. Englund and choreographed by De Mille, opening on April 15, 1957, at the Adelphi Theatre, where it ran for 24 performances. The cast included David Atkinson, Helen Gallagher, Patricia Birch, and Marilyn Cooper. Another Broadway revival, directed by John Fearnley and choreographed by De Mille, opened on January 30, 1963, at New York City Center, where it ran for 16 performances. The cast included Peter Palmer, Russell Nype, Sally Ann Howes, and Edward Villella. It was Tony-nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Howes), Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Conductor and Musical Director. The next Broadway revival, directed by Vivian Matalon and choreographed by De Mille, opened on October 16, 1980, at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 133 performances and eight previews. The cast included Meg Bussert, Martin Vidnovic, and John Curry. Vidnovic received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Bussert earned a Tony nomination and won the Theatre World Award, and the production was Tony-nominated for Best Reproduction. New York City Opera has staged the musical in 1986 and 1991. The musical was revived in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre, opening on October 25, 1988, and closing August 5, 1989, starring Robert Meadmore (Tommy), Jacinta Mulcahy, and Lesley Mackie. The director was Roger Redfarn and de Mille's dances were rechoreographed by Tommy Shaw. The Times reviewer noted that those dances were "the main source of the magic."

Résumé: A Brigadoon, en Écosse, deux Américains rencontrent un village, frappé d'une malédiction qui le fait n'exister qu'un jour par siècle. Les habitants du village vivent donc au milieu du XVIIIe siècle. L'un des deux voyageurs, Tommy s'éprend d'une jeune habitante de ce village, Fiona. Celle-ci ne peut quitter le village pour l'accompagner à New-York où il vit : si un seul habitant du village s'éloigne, Brigadoon restera à jamais dans les ténèbres. De retour à New York, Tommy réalise que Brigadoon lui manque ; il repart aussitôt. Sur place, le village a disparu. Un miracle a lieu : Brigadoon émerge des brumes. Tommy retrouve Fiona et partagera le destin des habitants de Brigadoon.

Création: 13/3/1947 - Ziegfield Theatre (Broadway) - représ.



Film
0005 - Royal Wedding (1951)
Musique: Burton Lane
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
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Résumé: Tom et Ellen Bowen sont frère et sœur et parmi les vedettes les plus populaires de Broadway. Ellen enchaîne les conquêtes qu'elle n'aime pas et Tom est un célibataire endurci. L'un comme l'autre éprouvent une sainte horreur à l'égard du mariage. Mais lors du voyage sur le bateau qui les emmène pour jouer à Londres, Ellen rencontre le playboy Lord John Brindale avec qui elle commence une romance qui devient rapidement plus sérieuse qu'ils ne l'avaient prévu. De son côté Tom tombe amoureux d'Anne Ashmond une danseuse anglaise qui auditionne pour le spectacle…

Création: 8/3/1951 - *** Film (***) - représ.



Film
0006 - An American in Paris (Film) (1951)
Musique: George Gershwin
Paroles: Ira Gershwin
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
Production originale:
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"An American in Paris" est une comédie musicale américaine cinématographique inspirée de la composition orchestrale "An American in Paris" de George Gershwin de 1928.

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Résumé: À Paris, une riche héritière s'éprend de Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), un jeune peintre américain. Mais celui-ci tombe amoureux de Lise (Leslie Caron), qui est elle-même promise à un autre homme, Henri. Ce film est universellement célèbre pour sa scène finale : Jerry pense qu'il ne pourra jamais être avec Lise et fait un rêve fantastique : apothéose du film. Il rêve qu'il danse avec Lise partout dans les rues de Paris. Le fiancé de la jeune fille et tout un chœur se joignent à eux tout au long d'un ballet magistral qui dure près de dix-huit minutes. La musique du ballet (qui porte le nom du film) est de George Gershwin. Dans les dernières mesures, Henri accepte de renoncer à Lise, qui se précipite dans les bras de Jerry sous la bénédiction d'Henri. Le film s'achève.

Création: 4/10/1951 - *** Film (***) - représ.



Musical
0007 - Paint your wagon (1951)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
Production originale:
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Genèse: The musical opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on November 12, 1951, and closed on July 19, 1952, after 289 performances. The production was directed by Daniel Mann, set design by Oliver Smith, costume design by Motley, lighting design by Peggy Clark, music for dances arranged by Trude Rittman, with dances and musical ensembles by Agnes de Mille set to the orchestrations of Ted Royal. It starred James Barton (as Ben Rumson), Olga San Juan (Jennifer Rumson), Tony Bavaar (Julio Valveras), Gemze de Lappe (Yvonne Sorel), James Mitchell (Pete Billings), Kay Medford (Cherry), and Marijane Maricle (Elizabeth Woodling). Burl Ives and Eddie Dowling later took over the role of Ben Rumson. De Mille later restaged the dances as a stand-alone ballet, Gold Rush. The West End production opened on February 11, 1953 at Her Majesty's Theatre and ran for 477 performances. It starred real life father and daughter Bobby Howes and Sally Ann Howes. A new production, with a revised libretto by David Rambo, was produced by the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah and ran from September 28, 2007, through October 13, 2007. The director was Charles Morey and choreographer Patti D'Beck, with a cast of nearly 30. One change from the original was to have "They Call the Wind Maria" staged as an ensemble number instead of a showcase solo.

Résumé: Ben Rumson is a grizzled prospector whose daughter Jennifer finds gold near their camp. Word of the strike gets around and the town's population grows tremendously. Jennifer falls in love with Julio, a Mexican prospector, but goes East to school. When the gold strike is over, she returns to find her town a ghost town and her loved ones left with nothing but their hopes and dreams.

Création: 12/11/1951 - Shubert Theatre (Broadway) - représ.



Musical
0008 - My Fair Lady (1956)
Musique: Frederik Loewe
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
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Genèse: In the mid-1930s, film producer Gabriel Pascal acquired the rights to produce film versions of several of George Bernard Shaw's plays, Pygmalion among them. However, Shaw, having had a