Musical (1997)


Musique: Dana P. Rowe
Paroles: John Dempsey
Livret: John Dempsey
Production à la création:

It's not often that two unknown American writers catch the attention of one of the theater's most powerful and successful producers. Yet, that is precisely what happened when Cameron Mackintosh, the man behind such mega hits as LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON, heard the score for John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe's musical political satire, THE FIX. What impressed Mackintosh most was the sheer originality of the piece. "It wasn't like anything I'd seen. Not just terrific tunes, but great words as well," Mackintosh told the Australian newspaper The Age. He brought THE FIX to the attention of Sam Mendes, then the Artistic Director of London's famed Donmar Warehouse, where the show opened on May 12, 1997 with Mendes at the helm. The cast included West End luminaries John Barrowman and Philip Quast.

Although London critics were not especially kind to THE FIX, the show did garner 4 Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical. Mackintosh continued to believe fervently in the show, and a year later co-produced the Anerican premiere at the prestigious Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. Located just outside Washington, D.C., Signature was the perfect locale for a show with politics as its centerpiece.

From a new team of writers comes a hard-edged, hard-boiled commentary on the American political machine. Part tabloid, part The Manchurian Candidate, THE FIX is a totally original biting satire ripped from the headlines of today, yesterday, and most likely tomorrow. A popular presidential candidate is dead, and his wife, who has power on the brain, thrusts her son into the political spotlight. Her maniacal scheming is matched by that of her crippled brother-in-law, who will stop at nothing to see the boy elected. Together, the three of them make up one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real life Washington politics.

Synopsis complet


The Fix was originally developed in association with Cameron Mackintosh under the working title Cal: A Musical Tale of Relative Insanity. It premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, running from 29 April, 1997 through 14 June, 1997, directed by Sam Mendes and starring John Barrowman and Philip Quast. Quast won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Fix. The musical was also nominated for Oliviers for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (for Barrowman), and Best Lighting Designer (for Howard Harrison). Colin Welford conducted the production.

It received its U.S. premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, running from March 17, 1998 through April 26, 1998, where it was directed by Eric D. Schaeffer.

The Fix had its Tri-State premiere at Princeton University's Theatre-Intime in 2003. Rachael Timinsky, Princeton '04, directed the production.


At Donmar Warehouse, 1997
Act I
"Advocate/Architect" – Ensemble
"The Funeral" – Company
"One, Two, Three" ( play clip (help·info)) – Cal, Ensemble
"Embrace Tomorrow" – Violet, Grahame, Bobby
"Army Chant/Control" – Reed, Cal
"America's Son" – Cal, Violet, Grahame, Leslie, Supporters, Newscaster
"I See The Future" – Cal
"Lonely is a Two-Way Street" – Tina
"Simple Words" – Cal, Grahame, Reporters
"Alleluia/Flash, Pop, Sizzle!" – Tina
"Sense out of Insanity" – Grahame
"Dangerous Games" – Gliardi, Frankie, Ensemble

Act II
"Two Guys at Harvard" – Grahame, Reed, Violet, Ensemble
"First Came Mercy" – Grahame, Ensemble
"Bend the Spoon/One, Two, Three (reprise)" – Tina, Cal
"Cleaning House" – Violet, Peter
"Upper Hand" – Cal, Grahame
"Spin" – Violet
"The Ballad of Bobby "Cracker" Barrel" – Bobby, Ensemble
"Child's Play" – Cal
"Simple Words (reprise)" – Cal, Ensemble
"Lion Hunts the Tiger" – Ensemble
"Mistress of Deception" – Tina, Ensemble
"Finale" – Company

At Signature Theater, 1998
Act I
"Let the Games Begin" – Reed, Ensemble
"The Funeral" – Company
"One, Two, Three" ( play clip (help·info)) – Cal, Ensemble
"Embrace Tomorrow" – Violet, Grahame, Bobby
"Control" – Reed, Cal
"America's Son" – Cal, Violet, Grahame, Leslie, Supporters, Newscaster
"I See The Future" – Cal
"Lonely is a Two-Way Street" – Tina
"Simple Words" – Cal, Grahame, Reporters
"Alleluia" – Tina
"Flash Pop Sizzle/Who Said?" – Maids, Grahame
"Don't Blame the Prince" – Cal
"Dangerous Games" – Gliardi, Frankie, Ensemble

Act II
"Two Guys at Harvard" – Grahame, Reed, Violet, Ensemble
"Mercy Me" – Grahame, Ensemble
"Alleluia/One, Two, Three (reprise)" – Tina, Cal
"Cleaning House" – Violet, Peter
"Upper Hand" – Cal, Grahame
"Spin" – Violet
"The Ballad of Bobby "Cracker" Barrel" – Bobby, Ensemble
"Child's Play" – Cal
"Mistress of Deception" – Tina, Ensemble
"Finale" – Company

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Version 1

Fix (The) (1997-05-Donmar Warehouse-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Donmar Warehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 24 avril 1997
Première : lundi 12 mai 1997
Dernière : samedi 14 juin 1997
Mise en scène : Sam Mendes
Chorégraphie : Charles Augins
Producteur :
Avec : John Barrowman (Cal Chandler), Kathryn Evans (Violet Chandler), Philip Quast (Grahame Chandler), Krysten Cummings (Tina), David Firth, David Bardsley, Bogdan Kominowski, Mark Frendo, Gael Johnson, Christina Fry.
Commentaires : Cameron Mackintosh was happy to subsidise this new and very different piece of political satire with its rock music/vaudeville/country and western score, but was allegedly furious at the dismissive critical reaction, claiming London critics were too blinkered to accept anything new and progressive. The critics considered it comic-strip melodrama, with its Kennedy-esque satire grossly overdone and so full of cynicism that not one single character could involve the audience’s sympathy or interest. However, there was praise for the music and lyrics, and some suggestions that Dempsey and Rowe could be future talents to watch.

> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award: Best Actor in a Musical (Philip Quast)
> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best Lighting Designer (Howard Harrison)
> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best Actor in a Musical (John Barrowman)
> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best New Musical (The Fix)
Presse : BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE of THE TIMES is in the same mind as me saying, “The Fix lacks wit, imagination and plausibility. “

NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD is more scathing, describing the musical as , “..a roughly knocked-up show”, he then goes on to say “ The Fix doesn’t fit. The Donmar really ought to cut down on musicals.”

PETER HEPPLE of THE STAGE liked the first act but described the second act as taking “a downward plunge” and goes on to say that the score descends into “ pompous and ponderous rockism, which carries unfortunate memories of seventies rock musicals..”

CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, he says “ No amount of fixing is going to fix The Fix. But you'll probably need one afterwards.”

Version 2

Fix (The) (2016-07-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 13 juillet 2016
Première : mercredi 13 juillet 2016
Dernière : samedi 06 août 2016
Mise en scène : Michael Strassen
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Fra Fee (Calvin Chandler), Lucy Williamson (Violet Chandler), Madalena Alberto (Tina McCoy), Ken Christiansen (Graeme Chandler), Kate Parr, Saul Blewden, Alastair Hill, Sam Barrett, Francesca Leyland, Laura Bryars, Daryl Armstrong, Rhys Benjamin
Presse : ‘A terrific Lucy Williamson... an excellent Fra Fee... The talent here is top notch'
Mail on Sunday
‘striking and intelligent staging'
‘a bold, dynamic production'
‘Lucy Williamson is stunning...Her 11 o'clock number 'Spin'... is as exhilarating as it is chilling, and is one of the most exciting musical moments on any current London stage.'
Whatsonstage
‘a dream of a show'
Break A Leg
‘The production is a qualified success'
‘fearless performances'
The Stage
‘Dazzlingly directed revival superbly performed'
Reviews Gate
‘Fra Fee in a performance that is physically mastered'
Everything Theatre
'Strassen's direction and choreography are a thrilling fusion of sound and vision'
'Ken Christiansen … nails his character's manipulative duplicity. Flawless in both voice and presence'
Jonathan Baz

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