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Musique: Sherman Edwards • Paroles: Sherman Edwards • Livret: Peter Stone • Production originale: 9 versions mentionnées
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The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It focuses on, and partly fictionalizes, the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document.
Genèse: In 1926, Rodgers and Hart had written the only previous musical about the American revolution, called Dearest Enemy. Sherman Edwards, a singer of pop-songs with several top ten hits in the late fifties and early sixties, spent several years developing lyrics and libretto for a musical based on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Edwards recounted that, "I wanted to show [the founding fathers] at their outermost limits. These men were the cream of their colonies... They disagreed and fought with each other. But they understood commitment, and though they fought, they fought affirmatively." Producer Stuart Ostrow recommended that librettist Peter Stone collaborate with Edwards on the book of the musical. Stone recalled, "The minute you heard ["Sit Down, John"], you knew what the whole show was.... You knew immediately that John Adams and the others were not going to be treated as gods, or cardboard characters, chopping down cherry trees and flying kites with strings and keys on them. It had this very affectionate familiarity; it wasn't reverential." Adams, the outspoken delegate from Massachusetts, was chosen as the central character, and his quest to persuade all thirteen colonies to vote for independence became the central conflict. Stone confined nearly all of the action to Independence Hall and the debate among the delegates, featuring only two female characters, Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson, in the entire musical. After tryouts in New Haven and Washington, the show opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on March 16, 1969. Peter Hunt, previously known as a lighting designer, directed. Earning warm reviews, it ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical was made into a film of the same name in 1972 and was revived on Broadway in 1997.
Résumé: Ce musical s'intéresse aux luttes du Congrès Continental américain se déclarer indépendants de l'Angleterre et des lois oppressives du Roi George III. Les principaux meneurs de l'idée d'indépendance sont l"odieux et détesté" John Adams, Benjamin Franklin et Thomas Jefferson qui est désigné pour écrire la Déclaration d'Indépendance. Les forces qui s'y opposent, incluent les représentants des états esclavagistes, menés par Edward Rutledge qui refuse de s'engager à signer la Déclaration si elle prévoit explicitement une libèration des esclaves; et les conservateurs riches, menés par John Dickinson, qui ne veulent pas mettre leurs richesses en danger en défiant la mère patrie, l'Angleterre. Chaque colonie a envoyé trois représentants - et donc une majorité simple de deux représentants décidera du vote d'une colonie donnée - mais le vote réel pour indépendance doit être unanime pour se montrer unis face à l'Angleterre; autrement, le nouveau pays devant affronter des lurttes internes en même temps que le combat contre l'Angleterre, ne pourra que disparaître.
Création: 16/3/1969 - Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway) - 1217 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.
Musique: George Gershwin • Paroles: Ira Gershwin • Livret: Peter Stone • Timothy S Mayer • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: Just prior to out of town tryouts in Boston, the original director, Peter Sellars, was fired, with the musical director and arranger, the book writer, Tim Mayer, and set designer, Adrianne Lobel, dismissed soon after. Tommy Tune "nominally took over the direction with his co-choreographer Thommie Walsh, and Mike Nichols, Tony Walton and...Michael Bennett were brought in to help with the direction, choreography and set design." Productions My One and Only opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on May 1, 1983 and closed on March 3, 1985 after 767 performances and 37 previews. The musical was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh. The cast included Tune, Twiggy, Roscoe Lee Browne, Denny Dillon, Charles "Honi" Coles, and Nana Visitor. Notable replacements during the run included Sandy Duncan, Don Correia, Jeff Calhoun, and Georgia Engel. The musical opened in the UK at the Chichester Festival Theatre and then opened in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in February 2002, starring Janie Dee as Edythe Herbert and Tim Flavin as Captain Billy Buck Chandler, with direction by Loveday Ingram and choreography by Craig Revel Horwood. Cabaret singer and Gershwin historian Michael Feinstein served as the musical consultant for the project. An extensive review of the show's creation can be found in his book" Nice Work If You Can Get It" in a chapter entitled My One and Only Tommy Tune Fling. There were several tours, all with Tommy Tune. The first was in 1985 with Sandy Duncan which started at the Kennedy Center in March 1985 and included a six week engagement in Japan. Lucie Arnaz replaced Duncan in this tour. Stephanie Zimbalist starred in the US national tour in 1987.
Résumé: Captain Billy Buck Chandler wants to be the first to make a solo flight across the Atlantic. Edythe Herbert, a champion swimmer, is being blackmailed by her wicked Russian manager who has some compromising photographs of her . This devious baddy known as Prince Nikki (and secretly a spy) will get his come-uppance, thanks to Billy’s airplane engineer, a rather butch lady called Mickey (who turns out to be a secret agent). By then, however, Billy and Edythe have fallen in love, have crashed on a desert island (actually Staten Island!), and have seen off a bootlegging Harlem minister and a tap-dancing philosopher called Mr Magix.
Création: 1/5/1983 - St. James Theatre (Broadway) - représ.
Musique: Maury Yeston • Paroles: Maury Yeston • Livret: Peter Stone • Production originale: 5 versions mentionnées
Résumé: Barrett is a stoker aboard the Titanic who proposes marriage via telegraph. Murdoch, the ship's officer, contemplates the responsibility of command while Kate McGowan and the Third Class passengers yearn for a better life in America. Chief Steward Etches and the millionaires he serves, exult in the wonders of their world and a Second Class passenger Alice Beane, a hardware store owner's wife, wants more out of life.
Création: 23/4/1997 - Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway) - représ.
Musique: Maury Yeston • Paroles: Maury Yeston • Livret: Peter Stone • Thomas Meehan • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: Death Takes a Holiday premiered Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre on June 10, 2011 (in previews) and officially on July 14, for a limited run through September 4, 2011 in a production by Roundabout Theatre Company. The musical was directed by Doug Hughes, with choreography by Peter Pucci, set design by Derek McLane, and costumes by Catherine Zuber. The cast included Linda Balgord (Contessa Danielli), Matt Cavenaugh (Major Fenton), Mara Davi (Alice), Kevin Earley (Death/Sirki), Simon Jones, Rebecca Luker (Duchess Stephanie), Jill Paice (Grazia), Michael Siberry (Duke Vittorio Lamberti), Alexandra Socha, Don Stephenson, Joy Hermalyn and Max von Essen (Corrado Montelli). Jim Walton was an understudy. The show received mixed reviews. The New York Times called it a "gorgeously sung but fusty musical". Similarly, Steven Suskin, in reviewing the original cast album, wrote that "Maury Yeston has given us a liltingly romantic and lovely operetta-like score. ... Book and score do not complement each other, at least not as presented at the Pels. ... The entire show – not only on the CD but in the theatre – was lifted by the presence of a fine group of singing actors." Time magazine, on the other hand, ranked the show among the best of the year and commented on the brief run: "Death deserved to live on." The show received eleven nominations for 2011–12 Drama Desk Awards, although it did not win any. The production garnered unexpected publicity when its original leading man, British actor Julian Ovenden, left the show due to vocal trouble and was replaced by his understudy, Kevin Earley. Ovenden's performance had been well-reviewed, but Earley also garnered acclaim in the role. The original cast recording was released in October 2011, by PS Classics, with Earley in the role of Death.
Résumé: In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Création: 21/7/2011 - Laura Pels Theatre (Broadway (Off)) - représ.