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Musique: Anthony King • Scott Brown • Paroles: Anthony King • Scott Brown • Livret: Anthony King • Scott Brown • Production originale: 3 versions mentionnées
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Sam et Max, deux jeunes rêveurs idéalistes, cherchent un producteur pour le spectacle épique qu’ils viennent d’écrire : GUTENBERG ! Le musical. LE SEUL ET UNIQUE musical sur la vie de Johannes Gutenberg.
Genèse: The show was originally produced as a 45-minute one-act, workshopped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, starring the authors, Scott Brown and Anthony King. These early versions of the show were directed by Charlie Todd and Music Directed and Accompanied by Barry Wyner. The full two-act version of the show premiered at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January 2006. That production was Music Directed and Accompanied by Michael Roulston and also starred the authors, Scott Brown and Anthony King. In September 2006, Chris Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos were cast in the roles of Bud and Doug for the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. That production was directed by Dave Mowers and Music Directed and Accompanied by Matt Castle and won awards for "Best Book" and "Best Performance." The November 2006 Off-Broadway production was directed by Alex Timbers and played at 59E59 in midtown before moving to a six-month run at the Actor's Playhouse. That production was nominated for Best Musical at the Lortel and Outer Critic's Circle Awards, as well as Best Book and Best Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards. David Turner and Darren Goldstein replaced the original cast. In November 2007, the first regional production worldwide was produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was directed by Jerry Rapier, Choreographed by Colleen Lewis, Musically Directed by Jeffrey Price, Stage Managed by Jennifer Freed and featured Kirt Bateman as Doug and Jay Perry as Bud. The production was named 'Best Theatre Production' by Salt Lake City Weekly, 'Best Play' by Q Salt Lake and 'Best Comedy' by the Deseret News. After myriad requests, this production was revived June 3–19, 2011 as Plan-B Theatre Company's contribution to the Musicals On Main Series at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah. The production remains intact other than Sean Sekino is now the Musical Director. In September 2008, Gutenberg! The Musical! made its West Coast premiere at Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. Starring Troy Fischnaller (Doug) and MJ Sieber (Bud), with piano accompaniment by Don Darryl Rivera, and directed by Greg Carter. "Fischnaller's Doug is giddily foul-mouthed with self-congratulation, and Sieber has a twinkle in his eye even as he works himself into a sweaty state of breathless zeal. Both performers toil feverishly to keep director Greg Carter's pace for the show—a five-shot-espresso-with-a-Red-Bull-chaser momentum from start to finish. The brakes are completely disabled on this speeding clown car of inside theater jokes." In February 2009 the show made its international debut at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, Australia. In August 2009, the first ever Gutenberg fan site, Gutenberg's Travels, was created, documenting the trips made by Lori Mooney and Jennifer Coolbaugh to see the show's regional productions around the country. In May 2015, the show made its French-speaking debut at the Akteon Théâtre in Paris, France.
Résumé: 1450, Schlimmer, Allemagne. On découvre Gutenberg, simple presseur de vin dans un environnement où personne ne sait lire, tout le monde préfère boire. Gutenberg décide de transformer sa presse à vin en presse à imprimer ! Tour à tour, Sam et Max, nos deux créateurs inspirés, sont maladroits et géniaux et nous offrent presque malgré eux une véritable performance. Sans décor, sans costume, sans rien, ils jouent une vingtaine de personnages, accompagnés d’un pianiste et de plein de casquettes. Idée de génie. Pour chaque personnage, une casquette avec son nom écrit dessus. Il suffisait d’y penser. A travers leur récit pas tout à fait historique mais absolument réjouissant, Sam et Max nous livrent une belle histoire sur le dépassement de soi et l’accomplissement personnel. Les deux amis s’affirment jusqu’à imprimer en nous le pouvoir de nos rêves.
Création: 9/1/2006 - Jermyn Street Theatre (Londres) - représ.
Musique: Eddie Perfect • Paroles: Eddie Perfect • Livret: Anthony King • Scott Brown • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Genèse: In 2016 a musical adaptation of the 1988 film Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton and starring Geena Davis as Barbara Maitland, Alec Baldwin as Adam Maitland, Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice) was reported to be in the works, directed by Alex Timbers and produced by Warner Brothers, following a reading with Christopher Fitzgerald in the title role. In March 2017 it was reported that Australian musical comedian Eddie Perfect would be writing the music and lyrics and Scott Brown and Anthony King would be writing the book of the musical, and that another reading would take place in May, featuring Kris Kukul as musical director. The musical has had three readings and two laboratory workshops with Alex Brightman in the title role, Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, Kerry Butler and Danny Pudi as Barbara and Adam Maitland. Productions The musical premiered its pre-Broadway tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. for a limited run from October 14 to November 18, 2018. The production will be directed by Alex Timbers, choreographed by Connor Gallagher, musical direction by Kris Kukul, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design Peter Nigrini, puppet design by Michael Curry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Michael Weber, music producing by Matt Stine and dance arrangements by David Dabbon. On August 16, it was announced that Alex Brightman would star as the title role alongside Sophia Anne Caruso as Lydia Deetz, after playing the roles in the workshops. On August 22, the full casting was announced including Kerry Butler (after appearing in workshops) and Rob McClure as Barbara and Adam Maitland, Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser as Delia and Charles Deetz, Jill Abramovitz and Danny Rutigliano as Maxine and Maxi Dean and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho. The ensemble will include Tessa Alves, Johnny Brantley, Ryan Breslin, Brooke Engen, Abe Goldfarb, Eric Anthony Johnson, Elliott Mattox, Mateo Melendez, George Merrick, Ramone Owens, Devin Roberts, Presley Ryan, Kim Sava, and Dana Steingold. On September 6, it was announced that following its Washington D.C. tryout, the musical will open during the 2018-19 season on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre with an official opening night on April 25, 2019. Exact start dates in March and casting are to be confirmed.
Résumé: Lock up your kids, folks, he’s back! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Plus singing and dancing, of course.
Création: 25/4/2019 - Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway) - représ.