Musical (2007)

Musique: Kath Gotts
Paroles: Kath Gotts
Livret: Ann McManus • Maureen Chadwick
Production à la création:

Jim Fenner, a prison screw who really lives up to his nickname, is engaged in a power battle with the liberalising Prison Governor, Helen Stewart. So liberal is Helen that she becomes besotted with blonde lesbian Nikki Wade, a prisoner doing time for killing a cop (but since this cop had raped Nikki’s girlfriend, this is okay.) Jim’s sexual advances cause the suicide of newly imprisoned Rachel Hicks, and Jim’s dastardly plan is to make Helen carry all the blame. However, he is exposed by the prisoners and a closed-circuit TV camera. The remaining characters include the sadistic warder, Sylvia “Bodybag” Hollamby, Shell, the prison bully, two prostitutes named Julie (“sluts in a rut”), the gangster’s moll Yvonne (“banged up without a bang”), and Crystal, the shop-lifting gospel-singer (who “did it for Jesus”).

Synopsis complet

Bad Girls - The Musical takes as its starting point the original core characters from the first three series of Bad Girls on TV.
This was based on the TV series which was broadcast from 1999 as a rather gritty true-to-life prison drama. However, as the plots became increasingly ludicrous and the tongue more firmly placed in the cheek, the series developed a camp following and accordingly ended up as a stage musical where a prison rape scene is speedily followed by a Busby Berkeley style dance routine on a light-up staircase.

The original production was developed and directed by Maggie Norris. It had a tryout at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in June 2006. The West End production began previews at the Garrick Theatre on 16 August 2007 and officially opened on 12 September 2007; however, it closed two months later with the final performance staged on November 17, 2007. The rights to produce the musical are now available.

I Shouldn't Be Here
Guardian Angel
One Moment
Life of Grime
A List
The Key
That's the Way It Is
Freedom Road
The Future Is Bright
Every Night
All Banged Up
The Baddest & the Best
First Lady
Baddest & the Best Reprise
This Is My Life

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Bad Girls: The Musical

Version 1

Bad Girls (2006-06-West Yorkshire Playhouse-Leeds)

Type de série: Pre-London Try Out
Théâtre: West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 27 mai 2006
Première : mercredi 07 juin 2006
Dernière : samedi 01 juillet 2006
Mise en scène : Christopher Lane
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Tricia Deighton (Noreen Biggs), Nicole Faraday (Shell Dockley), Hal Fowler (Jim Fenner), Elaine Glover (Rachel Hicks), Dawn Hope (Crystal Gordon), Rachel Izen (Sylvia 'Bodybag' Hollamby), Julie Jupp (Julie Saunders), Neil McDermott (Justin Mattison), Ellen O'Grady (Yvonne Atkins), Louise Plowright (Julie Johnston)

Version 2

Bad Girls (2007-09-Garrick Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Garrick Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre : 30 previews - 77 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 16 août 2007
Première : mercredi 12 septembre 2007
Dernière : samedi 17 novembre 2007
Mise en scène : Christopher Lane
Chorégraphie : Lynn Page
Producteur :
Avec : David Burt ( Jim Fenner), Laura Rogers (Helen Stewart), Nicole Farady (Shell), Caroline Head (Nikki Wade), Emily Aston ( Rachel Hicks), Sally Dexter (Yvonne), Helen Fraser (Sylvia “Bodybag”Hollamby), Julie Jupp (Julie Saunders) , Rebecca Wheatley (Julie Johnson ), Camilla Beeput (Crystal), Maria Charles (Noreen Biggs), Amanda Posener (Denny Blood)
Commentaires : It had opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2006, and was simply so outlandish, over-the-top, filled with parody songs and spoof routines, that it was welcomed as a very funny piece of glorious bad taste with some clever songs and lyrics. However, it did not catch on with the general public. After a two month run, it closed on November 17 th having played 77 performances and some 30 previews.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Offers authentic pleasure to those of us who enjoy serious issues camped up to melodrama level while plot-lines and characters scale the heights of absurdity."
IAN SHUTTLEWORTH for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "The series may have, as an academic claims in the programme, astutely mixed entertainment with message; this stage musical neither achieves nor even attempts any such blend. "
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Though the piece is preposterous hokum, the show is put across with enormous zest."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A hell of a lot of fun."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "An enjoyable piece of sentimental melodrama and even has a little bite in its dramatic dentures."

Version 3

Bad Girls (2016-03-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 09 mars 2016
Première : vendredi 11 mars 2016
Dernière : samedi 02 avril 2016
Mise en scène : Will Keith
Chorégraphie : Jo McShane
Producteur :
Avec : Ceili O’Connor, Sinead Long, Christine Holman, Gareth Davies, Tori Hargreaves, Livvy Evans

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