Musical (2001)


Musique: Chris Lowe • Neil Tennant
Paroles: Chris Lowe • Neil Tennant
Livret: Jonathan Harvey
Production à la création:

The Night of your life… London's club-land. Suddenly what was wrong seems right…

Dave, young, sexy and fresh from Ireland, falls for beautiful, ambitious Shell and streetwise drug dealer Mile End Lee. Billie Tricks, seventies rock icon and now hostess of a glitzy London nightclub, is there when they need to turn to "mother". Meanwhile the outrageous Bob Saunders, pop manager extraordinaire, has his own plans for Dave. As fame and fortune beckon, Dave quickly learns that things aren't always as straightforward as then seem

Synopsis complet

1 Closer to heaven est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.


Towards the end of 1999 The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyds Webber's company, agreed to finance a workshop. A full cast, director, choreographer and designer worked on the show and rehearsed it for three weeks, culminating in three private performances in North London at the end of May 2000 which went very well. "Actually it was astonishingly accomplished", says Neil. "The idea of a workshop is to see what worked and what didn't work. It was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm".
The musical which was originally going to be called 'Nightlife', is set against the backdrop of London's clubland. It features 15 new tracks, including 'Friendly Fire' which the Boys played at the London Savoy Theatre in 1997, and few tracks from 'Nightlife'.

Several songs had been written for the musical but were not used. These include 'The Only One' and 'For Your Own Good' from the 'Nightlife' album and also the unreleased songs, 'Tall Thin Men', 'A Little Black Dress', 'Home' and 'You've Got To Start Somewhere'. The three versions of 'Closer To Heaven' in the show each have different lyrics.


"My Night" - Billie Trix & Cast
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Vic
"Something Special" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" (instrumental)
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Dave
"In Denial" - Vic & Shell
"Call Me Old Fashioned" - Bob Saunders
"Nine Out of Ten" - Shell & Straight Dave
"It's just my little tribute to Caligula, darling!" - Billie Trix (featured in rehearsal scene)
"Hedonism (instrumental)"
"Friendly Fire" - Billie Trix
"In Denial" - Straight Dave & Shell
"Something' Special (reprise) - Straight Dave
"Shameless" - Vile Celebrities
"Vampires" - Vic
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave & Mile End Lee
"Out of my System" - Shell with Billie Trix, Flynn & Trannies
"K-Hole (instrumental - featuring an excerpt of "Run, girl, run!" - Billie Trix)"
"For All of Us" - Straight Dave
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" - Straight Dave
"My Night" - The Cast

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Closer to heaven

Most of the songs that appeared in Closer to Heaven were specifically written for the musical because Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe did not want to produce a "jukebox musical" in the vein of Mamma Mia! or We Will Rock You. Several of the musical's songs were pre-released on the Pet Shop Boys' 1999 album Nightlife, including "Closer to Heaven", "In Denial", and "Vampires". Nightlife was recorded whilst they were writing Closer to Heaven and originally more of the album's tracks appeared in the musical. The oldest song is "Shameless", which originally appeared as the B-side to "Go West" in 1993.


Version 1

Closer to heaven (2001-05-Art's theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Arts theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Stage
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 15 mai 2001
Première : jeudi 31 mai 2001
Dernière : samedi 13 octobre 2001
Mise en scène : Gemma Bodinetz
Chorégraphie : Peter Darling
Producteur :
Avec : Paul Keating (Straight Dave), Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), David Burt (Vic Christian), Frances Barber (Billie Tricks), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), David Langham (Flynn), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richarson, Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Marcos White
Commentaires : The message that a life of drug abuse, nightclubbing and promiscuous sex will leave you ravaged and lonely came over more as a warning than a sermon, and the Pet Shop Boys’ songs received much praise. However, this was very much aimed at a niche market.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says the show, “Brings a rush of excitement and daring to London's musical theatre.”

SUSANNAH CLAPP for The OBSERVER says, “It delivers its tat with fervour, and its giftedness lightly: the music is better, the rhymes sharper than most of what cruises round the West End. It's essence of camp.”

CAITLIN MORAN for THE TIMES says, “The first half was perfect. It was fluffy and meant nothing……The second half, however, sadly and rapidly descended into I-have-something-to-say-itis.

BRIAN LOGAN for TIME OUT says, "It's mostly likeable alternative to 'Fame', 'The King and I' and all those other circles of London's very own musical hell." “

KATE BASSETT for THE INDEPENDENT did not like it at all saying, “This West End venture is an excruciating failure.” And goes on to say, “The lyrics are so banal that muddy amplification is a mercy.” And continues, “Barber shamelessly hams it up. Keating, supposedly a lust-magnet, is a lacklustre non-entity. Others are charmless cartoons.”

Version 2

Closer to heaven (2015-04-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 22 avril 2015
Première : mardi 28 avril 2015
Dernière : samedi 23 mai 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Jared Thompson (Straight Dave), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Amy Matthews (Shell), Connor Brabyn (Mile End Lee), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Craig Berry (Vic), Ken Christiansen (Bob), Ellie Mitchell, Tamsyn Blake, Grace Reynolds, Jamie Firth, Martin Harding, Ben Somerside and Alex Tranter.
Commentaires : Fourteen years after premiering, London welcomes back the definitive Pet Shop Boys musical, in its first West End revival. Written by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, the songs were specially written for the show, as opposed to a jukebox musical.
Vu le succès sera repris en octobre 2015.

Version 3

Closer to heaven (2015-10-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 21 octobre 2015
Première : mercredi 21 octobre 2015
Dernière : samedi 28 novembre 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Alex Lodge (Straight Dave), Molly McGuire (Shell), Jonathan David Dudley (Mile End Lee), David Habbin (Vic), Nic Kyle (Bob), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Tilly Ford, Daniel James Greenway, Keira Marner, Ellie Mitchell, Anthony Starr, Philip Towne.
Commentaires : Reprise de la version jouée en avril-mai 2015.

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1) 2001-05-Original London Cast