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Musique: Jule Styne • Paroles: Bob Merril • Livret: Isobel Lennart • Production originale: 9 versions mentionnées
Résumé: Zigfield Follies star Fanny Brice reflects on her life while awaiting the release of her husband, entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein, from prison.
Création: 26/3/1964 - Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway) - représ.
Musique: Bob Merril • Paroles: Bob Merril • Livret: Edward Albee • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: The musical had a book by illustrious playwright Edward Albee and a score composed by the equally notable Bob Merrill. The cast, directed by Joseph Anthony, included Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain, Sally Kellerman, Larry Kert, and Priscilla Lopez. It was designed by Oliver Smith, choreographed by Michael Kidd with assistance from Tony Mordente, and produced by David Merrick. Despite the impressive list of collaborators involved in the production, the project never gelled. It underwent constant and massive changes in its script and score during out-of-town tryouts. The original book by Abe Burrows was scrapped completely and Edward Albee, an unlikely choice, was hired to re-write. Burrows was also the director but left when Albee was brought in. On a daily basis, the cast was given new material hours before curtain time. Burrows' departure put a damper on the proceedings, resulting in low morale among cast members, and Moore was convinced Merrick planned to fire her soon after opening night. It was not uncommon for the show to run nearly four hours. Its original title, Holly Golightly, was changed when it started previews on December 12, 1966 on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre. Despite a healthy advance sale and much audience anticipation, it closed four nights later without having officially opened. According to Merrick, in an infamous ad he placed in The New York Times, he shut down the production "rather than subject the drama critics and the public to an excruciatingly boring evening." The show's failure is legendary among theater historians and buffs. It has been said that if as many people who have claimed to have seen Breakfast at Tiffany's really had, it would have run forever.
Création: 12/12/1966 - Majestic Theatre (Broadway) - 0 représ.
Musique: Jule Styne • Paroles: Bob Merril • Livret: Peter Stone • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: Based on the screenplay by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, the original musical version was entitled “Sugar”. In spite of a number of pre-production problems, the show managed to run for 505 performances in New York. This London version originated at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and was heavily revised, with the emphasis switched from the character of Sugar to the show’s star and director, Tommy Steele. It was also given a new title – the same as the famous film. It was damned by the critics – inevitably known as “Some Like it Luke Warm”. Tommy Steele was forced to withdraw from the cast following an accident, and as a result, the show soon closed, apparently having lost over £2 million.
Création: 9/4/1972 - Majestic Theatre (Broadway) - 505 représ.