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Musique: Arthur Darvill • Paroles: Arthur Darvill • Che Walker • Livret: Che Walker • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: “Been So Long” started life in 1998 as a Royal Court play by Che Walker, and was now adapted into a musical. Its collection of blues, funk, reggae and hip-hop numbers was played by a four piece band with a backing trio of voluptuous vocalists. The mostly black cast delivered a script liberally peppered with four-letter words and descriptions of sexual fantasies. Overall, the show received very mixed notices.
Résumé: Barney’s bar is failing, and on the point of closure. The customers include skinny white boy, Gil, who is on a mission to slice up sleazy Lothario, Raymond, for stealing Gil’s girl. Meantime single-mum Simone finds herself falling for the cocksure Raymond while her brassy chum, Yvonne, winds up with Gil. And Barney finds himself gazing longingly at Simone. This is a bar where, in Barney’s words, “love don’t drink here anymore”, and where all the customers are losers, though they turn out to be briefly sanctified by love.
Création: 17/6/2009 - Young Vic Theatre - Main Stage (Londres) - représ.
Been so long (2009-06-Young Vic Theatre Main Stage-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Young Vic Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Salle : Main StageDurée : 4 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : Thursday 11 June 2009Première : Wednesday 17 June 2009Dernière : Wednesday 15 July 2009Mise en scène : Che Walker • Chorégraphie : Bonnie Oddie • Producteur : Avec : Omar Lyefook (Barney), Harry Hepple (Gil), Arinze Kene (Raymond), Cat Simmons (Simone), Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Yvonne)Commentaires : Following disastrous notices, it opened and closed on the same night (after ten previews).Presse : 'Ecstatic...this soars like the Saturday night of your dreams...hard-wired with street wit and sexual energy.' Metro
‘Enormously entertaining, full-bodied and sexy. An elating sprint through the booze-sodden pleasures of London nightlife.’ FOUR STARS Sunday Times
'A serenade in soul music, teeming with talent, boozy yearnings and great riffs on love and friendship.' Time Out
'Hip and humorous: a boisterous hit.' Independent on Sunday
'An x-ray of London life that looks great and rings true. Here's an evening in which women get a real shout. The talent on stage is tremendous.' Observer
'Ragged and rude, bursting with raw and refreshing new talent. Bring it on!' Mail on Sunday
Been so long (2009-08-Edinburgh Festival Fringe)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh - Angleterre) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : Friday 07 August 2009Première : Friday 07 August 2009Dernière : Sunday 30 August 2009Mise en scène : Che Walker • Chorégraphie : Bonnie Oddie • Producteur : Avec : Omar Lyefook (Barney), Harry Hepple (Gil), Arinze Kene (Raymond), Cat Simmons (Simone), Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Yvonne)