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Musique: Dirk Brossé • Paroles: Frank Van Laecke • Seth Gaaikema • Livret: Didier van Cauwelaert • Frank Van Laecke • Seth Gaaikema • Production originale: 6 versions mentionnées
Création: 15/9/2001 - Stadsschouwburg (Anvers) - représ.
Musique: Michel Legrand • Paroles: Didier van Cauwelaert • Livret: Marcel Aymé • Production originale: 4 versions mentionnées
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Adapted from the 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé, it is set in Paris shortly after World War II and centers on a shy, unassuming clerk who develops the ability to walk through walls, and who challenges himself to stick to his moral center and change others' lives, and his own, as a result.
Genèse: In 1997, Legrand, a noted film composer and jazz musician, but a newcomer to stage musicals at age 65, brought the musical (under its original title, Le Passe Muraille) to Paris where it won the Prix Molière for Best Musical. The Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and presented without intermission, opened on October 20, 2002 at the Music Box Theatre. The show closed after 17 performances and 31 previews. The cast included Malcolm Gets and Melissa Errico. The musical received mostly negative reviews in America, although Errico, Gets and the score were praised. Ben Brantley, in his review for The New York Times, wrote: "Even charming is too weighty a word to describe the wispy appeal of Amour" The Talkin' Broadway reviewer, however, wrote: "Broadway's Music Box Theatre may have found its most ideal tenant in quite a while. The delightful little jewel box of a musical, Amour, ...deserves a lengthy stay there, where it may enchant audiences for a long time to come." Cary Wong in filmscoremonthly wrote: "The lyrics are mostly pedestrian and uninvolving, and they make the already stock characters even more one-dimensional." A "reconceived production" was produced by Goodspeed Musicals from August 11, 2005 through September 4.
Résumé: "Dutilleul, petit employé de bureau sans avenir, découvre qu'il passe à travers les murs, et devient Garou-Garou le gentleman cambrioleur, qui la nuit dévalise les banques et les bijouteries de son quartier. Du bureau des fonctionnaires tristes en blouses grises, à l'appartement de la Butte Montmartre, avec ses rues commerçantes, les marchands de quatre-saisons, les agents à bicyclettes, le docteur un peu fou, c'est tout l'univers de Marcel Aymé."
Création: 20/10/2002 - Music Box Theatre (Broadway) - représ.