Musical (1983)

Musique: Charles Strouse
Paroles: Alan Jay Lerner
Livret: Alan Jay Lerner
Production à la création:

Harry Aikens, a down-at-heel supper club entertainer warms again to an old flame, Cynthia Brookfield-Bailey, when they are both ensconced in an Austrian hotel on New Year's Eve awaiting World War III. Cynthia was the mistress of a man who bore a remarkable resemblance to the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

It is New Year's Eve again at the Barclay Palace Hotel in the Austrian Alps in the "avoidable future" but not so very far from the hotel in the Italian Alps where Robert Sherwood served up Idiot's Delight almost 50 years earlier. The international situation is still deteriorating and the jet-set crowd is dancing on the brink to the music of Harry Aikens and Delights.

Harry's love life is reflected in his act. It is a chequered record that was generally fun.

A New Year's past invades Harry's memory with a particular woman he could not posses. There had been an attraction but not for her. At this point in the present, who should appear but a double for the woman in Harry's past, the exotic Cynthia Brookfield-Bailey. She appears to feel that one is worth it - the Kissingeresque Dr. Josef Winkler. When Cynthia denies ever having known Harry, he joins the left-wing student, Halloway, in bemoaning the perfidy of governments and women.

Cynthia's liaison with Winkler is not without its own questions. How much of an influence does Winkler have over the gathering war clouds? How much of an influence does Cynthia have over Winkler? Is she merely a woman who thinks Winkler is wonderful or is she the woman from Harry's past who has always obsessed him?

Two of the other guests at the Barclay-Palace Hotel believe in love, although not perhaps in the traditional mould. Charles and Edward wonder why the world cannot just leave them alone. In an ideal world this might just happen but then Harry isn't leaving Cynthia either. Her resemblance to the "Cindy" of his memory is too marked and her relationship to the roving Winkler too apparently tenuous. Cynthia keeps denying that Harry was a part of her past or that he is likely to be part of her future. As for Winkler's famous wanderings, he always returns to Cynthia.

By the time his night-club act goes on that evening, however, Harry is convinced that he has a new girl. When word arrives that the frightening international situation is threatening to erupt into war, Cynthia turns momentarily to Harry. He is now certain that Cynthia is the girls of his past even though she denies it.

Act II opens with the hotel guests preparing to evacuate to safer climes as war appears to be imminent and an air base in the valley below is a likely military target. The Delights Trio is glad to be heading home but Harry is angry at the cancellation of the tour, mad at Cynthia who has run back to Winkler and mad at humanity in general.

Faced with a probable war in which one, or both, may be killed, the lovers, Charles and Edward, feel it important to formalise their relationship and they ask the Reverend Boyle to marry them. His position is firm, "I don't know" but everyone else has an opinion to offer. The boys' commitment leads Cynthia to seek a commitment from Winkler but he departs. Almost at the same time Harry, tortured by Cynthia's denials of the past declares he never wants to see her again which leaves Cynthia stranded in her seeming glory - but alone.

As the last bus leaves for the border, Harry returns. What ever happens to the rest of the world, if he is to have a future, Cynthia must be a part of it. As the first air raid sirens sound these two, at least, have found the potential for a personal peace.

1 Dance a Little Closer peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

Based on Idiot's Delight by Robert E. Sherwood

The musical opened on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on May 11, 1983, where it closed after one performance and twenty-five previews. Directed by Lerner and choreographed by Billy Wilson, the cast included Len Cariou, Liz Robertson, George Rose, Don Chastain, Brent Barrett, and Alyson Reed. Showbusiness insiders dubbed it "Dance a Little Faster...Close a Little Sooner."

In his New York Times review Frank Rich described it as "a huge, extravagant mishmash . . . that seems to have taken on a rampaging, self-destructive life of its own," a sentiment similar to those expressed by the other critics.

An original cast recording is available on CD.

Act I
It Never Would've Worked
Happy, Happy New Year
No Man is Worth It
What are You Going to Do About It?
A Woman Who Thinks I'm Wonderful
Pas de Deux
There's Never Been Anything Like Us
Another Life
Why Can't the World Go and Leave Us Alone?
He Always Comes Home to Me
I Got a New Girl
Dance a Little Closer
There's Always One You Can't Forget

Act II
I Don't Know
Auf Wiedersehen
I Never Want to See You Again
On Top of the World
I Got a New Girl (Reprise)
Dance a Little Closer (Reprise)

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Version 1

Dance a Little Closer (1983-04-Minskoff Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Minskoff Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée :
Nombre : 25 previews - 1 représentations
Première Preview : 16 April 1983
Première: 11 May 1983
Dernière: 11 May 1983
Mise en scène : Alan Jay Lerner
Chorégraphie : Billy Wilson
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Harry Aikens … Len Cariou
Cynthia Brookfield-Bailey … Liz Robertson
Dr. Josef Winkler … George Rose
Charles Castleton … Brent Barrett
Ice Skater … Colleen Ashton
Roger Butterfield … Don Chastain
Captain Meuller … Noel Craig
Rink Attendant … James Fatta
Reverend Oliver Boyle … I.M. Hobson
Contessa Carla Pirianno … Elizabeth Hubbard
Edward Dunlop … Jeff Keller
Heinrich Halloway … Joseph Kolinski
Bellboy … Philip Mollet
Johannes Hartog … Reuben Singer
Waiter … Brian Sutherland
Hester Boyle … Joyce Worsley
Violinist … James Fatta
Harry … Philip Mollet
Cynthia's Double (Pas de deux) … Robin Stephens
Harry's Double (Pas de deux) … Brian Sutherland
Harry … Peter Wandel
A Rich Man … James Fatta
Bebe (The Delights) … Cheryl Howard
Shirley (The Delights) … Diane Pennington
Elaine (The Delights) … Alyson Reed

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