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Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Melvyn Bragg • Livret: Melvyn Bragg • Production originale: 3 versions mentionnées
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Résumé: John Tallentire, a Cumbrian hired journeyman with a love for the land, and his wife, Emily settle in the poor circumstances of their surroundings until Emily's yearning for a more exciting life leads her into an indiscretion with the dashing young Jackson Pennington. John gives up his beloved land to take her to the city. He exchanges his plough for a miner's pick and shovel, and the open-air for the darkness of the pit. The war, the death of their son, and then Emily's death intervene before John can finally return to the land.
Création: 31/10/1984 - Astoria Theatre (Londres) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Howard Goodall • Livret: Renata Allen • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Genèse: Howard was inspired to write Days of Hope by the political events occurring in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s, and was interested that the ideas of freedom and democracy would be seen differently through the eyes of a country which was just discovering their meaning. Relating this to his choice of the Spanish Civil War as a setting for his musical, he said, “I felt that that the best way to look at freedom and democracy was to look at it when it was collapsing and failing. A year ago [in 1990] everybody was writing plays about the eruption of freedom and I wanted to go back and ask questions. Why did democracy fail in Spain in 1939? What did we do to invite fascism on ourselves all overEurope?” DAYS OF HOPE received its first performance on August 14th 1990 at The Newman Rooms in Oxford. It was revised and produced again at Hampstead Theatre in April 1991, subsequently touring England. During its 6-week run at Hampstead, a large group of the surviving International Brigaders saw the show and met its cast. It is not a conventional through-composed musical but a play punctuated by songs. Characters do not sing the songs 'to' other characters but to the audience directly, rather in the manner envisaged by Brecht & Weill.
Résumé: Carlos and Maria are a married couple on completely opposing sides in the Spanish Civil War. It is Valentines Day, 1939, and Franco has won. It is also the wedding day of their daughter to Stanley, an English Republican Brigade volunteer, but while the families gather to celebrate, German bombers prepare to flatten a republican village, and a guerrilla murders a Falangist fellow-traveller. In all this turmoil the newly-weds with the bride’s parents prepare to escape by boat to safety in Stanley’s home town, Scarborough.
Création: 14/8/1990 - Newman Rooms (Oxford) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Charles Hart • Livret: Charles Hart • Production originale: 4 versions mentionnées
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Résumé: It is All Fools’ Eve, a night when in the realms of love, the world can be turned upside-down and the lord of Misrule can take control. In the great hall at Nonesuch, home to the Hardcastle family (old campaigner Mr Dick Hardcastle, his formidable wife, Dorothy, their pretty and sharp-witted daughter Kate, her equally clever cousin, Constance Neville and the mischievous Tony Lumpkin, Dorothy’s son by her first marriage), the servants are preparing to receive two important guests: an old friend of Mr Hardcastle’s from his military days, Sir James Marlow, and travelling separately, his eligible son Charles. Both fathers are hoping that Charles will offer his hand in marriage to Kate and unite the two families forever. But unbeknown to them, Charles suffers from the mysterious affliction of “the Englishman’s Malady”. While gallivanting amongst working-class girls “who wait at tables”, he is a notorious womaniser, but when confronted with girls “of his own station”, he is plagued by an unaccountable reserve and modesty which turn him into a tongue-tied idiot. Charles has a problem: he is on his way to meet his intended, Miss Kate Hardcastle, but knows that the presence of polite female company will render him painfully shy and speechless. He is nonetheless riding to Nonesuch with his great friend George Hastings (who also happens to be courting Kate’s cousin Constance) and all goes well until they lose their way and stop at the “Fur and Feathers” to ask for directions…..
Création: 22/5/1998 - Gardner Center (Brighton) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Charles Hart • Livret: William Shakespeare • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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the dreaming, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare,was commissioned and premièred by the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT).
Création: /8/2001 - Northcott Theatre (Exeter) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Stephen Clark • Livret: Stephen Clark • Production originale: 4 versions mentionnées
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Résumé: ‘What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me.’ Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel, this is a brand new musical version of Love Story, also one of the most romantic films of all time. Oliver Barrett IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story. Their romance is as poignant as it is enriching, as sweet as it is intense. Love Story will win your heart. And it might just break it.
Création: 7/6/2010 - Minerva Theatre (Chichester) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Howard Goodall • Livret: Howard Goodall • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
Résumé: Set in Norfolk in 1941, Girlfriends focuses on the lives of two best friends. An emotionally compelling musical that celebrates the members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force as they struggle to survive and fight to win. Caught in a love triangle with a young bomber pilot, who like all airmen had only a 1 in 5 chance of surviving a 30 flight tour of duty, the girlfriends know that any night could be his last.
Création: 7/6/2011 - Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre (Londres) - représ.
Musique: Howard Goodall • Paroles: Charles Hart • Livret: Gurinder Chadha • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Bend It Like Beckham is the fantastically feel-good new modern British musical. A celebratory fusion of culture, music, emotions and fun, bursting with warmth, humour and heart. Jess needs extra time.
Genèse: The musical is based on the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham. In late 2003, it was first revealed that the film's writer and director Gurinder Chadha planned to turn the film into a stage musical with the hope that it could be staged a year later. It was not until 2011, that further information emerged that a script had been completed and that they were looking for someone to compose the score, with workshops ultimately taking place in 2013 and early 2014. On 31 October 2014, the show was officially confirmed and it was announced that the show would premiere in London in May 2015, with tickets going on sale on 7 November 2014. The musical has a book by Gurinder Chadha and her husband Paul Mayeda Berges and is directed by writer Gurinder Chadha, with choreography by Aletta Collins, set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Katrina Lindsay and lighting design by Neil Austin. The musical's score is composed by Howard Goodall, with lyrics by Charles Hart, orchestrations by Charles Hart and Kuljit Bhamra, sound design by Richard Brooker and musical direction by Nigel Lilley. The show's premiere production is expected to begin previews at the Phoenix Theatre in London, on 15 May 2015, with its official opening night coming on 24 June, initially booking until 11 July 2015. Prior to opening the booking period was extended to 24 October 2015. On 19 January 2015, full casting was announced with the news that Natalie Dew would play the role of Jess, with Lauren Samuels playing Jules, Jamie Campbell Bower as Joe, Ronni Ancona as Paula and Preeya Kalidas, who had previously played the role of Monica in the film as Pinky. On 13 March 2015, it was revealed that Ronni Ancona had withdrawn from the production during rehearsals due to family reasons and that Sophie-Louise Dann would replace her in the role of Paula.
Résumé: Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister's traditional Indian wedding approaches, Jess needs to pick sides.
Création: 24/6/2015 - Phoenix Theatre (Londres) - représ.