Musical (1996)

Musique: David Shire
Paroles: Richard Jr Maltby
Livret: John Weidman
Production à la création:

A frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were “big" and wakes up the next morning a 30 year-old man. He discovers there's much more to being an adult than he had bargained for, and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

Synopsis complet

1 Big peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

The pre-Broadway tryout started in Detroit in January 1996. The musical opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on April 28, 1996, and closed on October 13, 1996, after 193 performances. Although it was nominated for five Tony Awards, (Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Book, Score, and Choreography), it was one of Broadway's costliest money-losers.

The show had a US National tour, directed by Eric D. Schaeffer starring Jim Newman and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, which began in February 1998 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The musical was "restaged and largely rewritten for the road".

Reviews were sharply divided on the Broadway production, but not on the 1998 US National tour, which was a hit after much rewriting from authors, John Weidman (book), Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics), and David Shire (music). Alvin Klein, in his New York Times review of a 2000 regional production of the musical, wrote, " 'Big' cannot be cavalierly dismissed as a failed musical that was no match for a blockbuster movie. It is satisfyingly good -- and it was shortchanged." The revised version is available through Music Theatre International, and continues to be mounted in amateur, school, and professional theatre productions around the US.

Act I
Prologue — Young Josh, Mrs. Baskin, Billy, Kids and Parents
Talk to Her — Billy and Young Josh
This Isn't Me — Josh Baskin
I Want to Go Home — Josh Baskin
The Time of Your Life — Kids
Fun — MacMillan, Josh Baskin and The Company
Dr. Deathstar — The Deathstarettes
Josh's Welcome — Susan, Paul and Executives
Here We Go Again — Susan
Stars, Stars, Stars — Josh Baskin and Susan
Tavern Foxtrot — Paul and The Company
Cross the Line — Josh Baskin, Kids and The Company

Act II
It's Time — Billy and Kids
Stop, Time — Mrs. Baskin
Happy Birthday — Josh, Kids
Dancing All the Time — Susan
I Want to Know — Young Josh
Coffee, Black — Josh Baskin, MacMillan, Miss Watson, Birnbaum, Barrett, Lipton, Executives and Staff
The Real Thing — Nick, Tom, Diane and Abigail
One Special Man — Susan
When You're Big — Josh Baskin
Skateboard Romance — Kids
I Want to Go Home/Stars, Stars, Stars — Josh Baskin and Susan

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Big

Version 1

Big (1996-04-Shubert Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 193 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 08 avril 1996
Première : dimanche 28 avril 1996
Dernière : dimanche 13 octobre 1996
Mise en scène : Mike Ockrent
Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman
Producteur :

Version 2

Big (2019-09-Dominion Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Dominion Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 10 septembre 2019
Première : mardi 17 septembre 2019
Dernière : samedi 02 novembre 2019
Mise en scène : Morgan Young
Chorégraphie : Morgan Young
Producteur :
Avec : Jay McGuiness, Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly, Lori Haley Fox, Edward Handoll, Harrison Dadswell, Jamie O’Connor, Jake Simon, Jobe Hart, Austen Phelan, Theo Wilkinson, Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Vicki Davids, Alex Fobbester, Leanne Garretty, Stuart Hickey, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Ross McLaren, Richard Murphy, Eddie Myles, Katharine Pearson, Anton Fosh, Gemma Fuller, Gary Murphy, Katy Osborne, Olufemi Alaka, Coco Cousin-Brown, Asher Ezeguiel, Ellis Griffiths, Imogen Law Hing Choy, Noah Leggott, Amaya Lucas, Cassia McCarthy, Ophelia Parsons, Bailey Razdan, Lucinda Wicks and Chanel Zinyemba.
Commentaires : Big the Musical was - in a pre-Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and King Kong - one of the costliest Broadway flop musicals ever staged at the time of its 1996 premiere, losing the entirety of its $10.3m investment when it shut after just six months, after failing to be nominated for that year's Tony Award for best musical.

Even though it had a British director - the late, great Mike Ockrent (whose hits included Me and My Girl and Crazy for You on both sides of the Atlantic), working with the choreographic genius that is Susan Stroman (by then, also his wife) - at the helm, it never transferred to the UK; but twenty years later a new production started kicking around the regions, newly directed and choreographed by Morgan Young, receiving its British premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2016 before a season in Dublin.

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