Musical (2004)

Musique: Les Reed • Roger Cook
Paroles: Kit Hesketh Harvey
Livret: Les Reed • Roger Cook
Production à la création:

This 'evocative and glittering' musical, set in the 1920's, follows the story of an outrageously glamorous and fashionable couple - The Scott Fitzgeralds. He's a successful young author and she's the stylish young wife who, together, become the envy of all with their high spending and high-flying lifestyle. They created their own world of enchantment. Scott christened the period The Jazz Age, and Zelda lived it. Yet the darker tale that lay behind the dazzling facade just begged to be told.

The story is told in flashback starting in 1938 with an institutionalised Zelda, afflicted by delusions. She is persuaded by a doctor to unlock the memories that are disturbing her.

The Paris night-clubbers sum up 24 year old Zelda and 28 year old Scott.
24 Year old Zelda's paintings are being exhibited at the Columbe d'Or Hotel in St. Paul de Vence on the French Riviera. Zelda decides to also "exhibit" her dancing capabilities to the guests.
It’s a hot summer Saturday night dance in Montgomery, Alabama. The local hicks and Yankee soldiers all want to dance with 18 year old Montgomery Belle, Zelda Sayre. Moreover, they all want to take her home into the bargain. Who will strike lucky?

21 year old Lieutenant F. Scott Fitzgerald meets 18 year old Zelda Sayre. Scott steps outside the dance hall to take a breath of fresh air. A magnolia tree is in full blossom. He plucks a blossom from the tree.
On the front porch of their home in Sayre St. Montgomery, Alabama, 18 year old Zelda Sayre is being berated by her mother and sister Rosalind for her ‘wayward’ attitude. Zelda sings:-Cos I simply refuse to be a girl.
It's 1918 in Deep South, Alabama. Judge Sayre of Montgomery realises he is about to lose his 18 year old daughter Zelda to 21 year old ‘Yankee’ northerner, Lieutenant F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In ‘Buddy’s Bar’ New York in 1921, 22 year old F. Scott Fitzgerald and his contemporaries don’t give a damn about tomorrow, all that matters is what happens today. They sing:- Tomorrow won’t happen till tomorrow
It’s 1921 in New York. 25 year old author-to-be F. Scott Fitzgerald is struggling to earn a crust writing jingles for an ad agency. The problem is his tunes are always the same. It’s only the words that are different.

22 year old Scott is in New York. 19 year old Zelda is in Montgomery, Alabama. They keep in touch by writing constant streams of letters to one another.
It’s the wedding night of Zelda (20) and Scott (24) at The Biltmore Hotel, New York on Saturday April 3 1920. The party is slowing down. Zelda decides to liven things up. She goes downstairs to the kitchen in search of the latest cocktail, a ‘Pink Lady.’
ZELDA is in the asylum suffering from a breakdown and sings. "On my own again,"
Lois is engulfed in Hollywood glory. But it is gaudy, tawdry and mocking, both of Scott’s endeavours as a writer, and Zelda’s as a ballerina.
It’s 1924. All is going well in 28 year old Scott’s life. He is contemplating the title of a new novel based on his and Zelda’s life. Tender Is The Night will take him 6 years to complete.

24 year old Zelda, 28 year old Scott and 3 year old daughter Scottie are leaving New York for France.
The Colombe d’Or restaurant, Saint Paul de Vence, has been hung with an exhibition of Zelda’s pictures. A party is being given for a private viewing. The Paris café crowd is there in abundance - Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway to name just a few. Zelda and Scott sing:- "There isn’t anybody here [that] Hasn’t got a reputation.
It’s 1924. 24 year old Zelda, 28 year old Scott and their contemporaries are enjoying themselves on the French Rivera.

It is New Year’s Eve, 1930. In Europe, the Ex-Pats party on Le Cabuchon, a night-club in the Seizieme, trying to ignore the disastrous economic conditions back home. “Les Girls” (The Trouble Girls) are doing a big production-number, led by Madame Egorova.

32 year old Zelda is unwell in a psychiatric hospital. For therapy, her physician suggests she writes everything about her life down on paper. She feels it would make a good novel. She decides to call it Save Me The Waltz. It takes her six weeks to complete.
Zelda, mother Minnie, daughter Scottie, sister Rosalind and Lois Graham sing their personal experiences of being a woman and reminisce on their experiences with Scott.

43 year old Scott visits the hospital where 39 year old Zelda is resident. They walk into the gardens and sing of their enduring love for one another.

1 Beautiful and Damned peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

I'm Dancing (Zelda, Young Zelda)
No Can Figure (Zelda and Suitors)
Beautiful Magnolia (Scott)
Refuse to be a Girl (Zelda, Minnie, Rosalind)
Little Miz Alabama (His Honour and Scott)
Tomorrow Won't Happen (Customers, Barmaids and Casey's Grill Girls)
The Letters (Scott and Zelda)
The Letters (Reprise) (Scott)
Beautful Magnolia (Reprise) (Scott)
Beautiful and Damned (The Company)
Finale: Act I - (Scott)
On the Riviera (The Company)
Living Well's the Only Way (The Company)
The Old World Shines Again (Mme Egorova and Company)
The Old World Shines Again (Reprise) (Edouard)
Trouble (Mme Egorova and Girls of Le Cabuchon)
Cocaine Tap (The Company)
Dream Ballet (Zelda)
Golden Days (Zelda)
The Queen of Babylon (Lois)
Tender is the Night (Scott)
Save Me the Waltz (Scott and Zelda)
Bring a Woman (Minnie, Lois, Rosalind, Scottie)
Even Now (Scott and Zelda)

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Beautiful and Damned (2004-05-Lyric Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Lyric Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 28 April 2004
Première: 10 May 2004
Dernière: 14 August 2004
Mise en scène : Craig Revel Horwood
Chorégraphie : Craig Revel Horwood
Producteur :
Avec : Avec: Michael Praed (F Scott Fitzgerald), Helen Anker (Zelda Fitzgerald), David Burt (Judge Sayre), Susannah Fellows (Minnie Sayre), Phillip Aiden, Valerie Cutko, Heather Douglas, Candice Evans, Nicola Filshie, Katie Foster-Barnes, Loren Geeting, Jo Gibb, Jolyon James, Jacqui Jameson, Jane Lucas, Amber Neale, Stuart Nurse, Jake Samuels, Craig Scott, Djalenga Scott, Spencer Stafford, Ben Tribe
Commentaires : Using the title of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel, this was based on the true life story of Scott and Zelda. It was an expensive production with a lavish water fountain effect at the end of Act One. The critical reaction was extremely damning - “this calamitous enterprise resembles a slow motion car crash” - dull songs and an extremely dull book was the general verdict.
Presse : Très mauvaise…. ROBERT HANKS for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Fitzgerald musical not beautiful- and must surely be damned." FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Enjoyable"; LYNN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "Making the roaring 20s seem like the boring 20s." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Beautiful this show certainly isn't." SARAH HEMMING for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "A boring evening." IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "Has all the zest of flat champagne."

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