Musical (2018)

Livret: Jeff Whitty
Production à la création:

Les Go-Go sont un groupe new-wave américain formé à Los Angeles en 1978. Devenus célèbres au début des années 1980, les Go-Go sont le premier, et à ce jour, le seul groupe composé exclusivement de femmes qui écrivent leurs propres chansons et jouent leurs propres instruments à atteindre le haut des charts.
Leur premier album, "Beauty and the Beat" (1981), est considéré comme l’un des "albums fondamentaux de la nouvelle vague américaine".

Synopsis complet

1 Head Over Heels peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de The Go-Go's

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2015)
The show made its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon on June 3, 2015.[3] The production ran until October 10 and was directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.
In 2016, Michael Mayer replaced Iskandar as director. Also joining the re-imagined creative team were music supervisor Tom Kitt (who previously worked with Mayer on American Idiot), and James Margruder to adapt Whitty's original libretto.

San Francisco (2018)
The show played the Curran Theatre in San Francisco between April 10 and May 6, 2018. The production was billed as the official pre-Broadway engagement. For this production, Michael Mayer directed.

Broadway (2018)
The show began previews at the Hudson Theatre on June 23, 2018. The official opening took place on July 26, 2018.
Arianne Phillips is the show's costume designer, and Spencer Liff is the choreographer. Kevin Adams did the lighting design, Andrew Lazarow did the projection design, Kai Harada did the sound design, and Julian Crouch [de] did the scenic and puppet design.
Making her Broadway debut in the role of Pythio, Peppermint became the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.

Act I
"We Got the Beat" – Company
"Beautiful" – Pamela and Ensemble
"Vision of Nowness" – Pythio and Ensemble
"Get up and Go" – Basilius and Company
"Mad About You" – Musidorus and Male Ensemble
"Good Girl" – Philoclea, Mopsa and Pamela
"Vision of Nowness / Beautiful" (Reprise) – Musidorus, Pythio and Female Ensemble*
"Automatic Rainy Day" – Pamela and Mopsa
"Cool Jerk" – Company*
"Vacation" – Mopsa and Female Ensemble
"How Much More" – Pamela
"Our Lips Are Sealed" – Musidorus, Philoclea, Pamela, Mopsa, Pythio and Ensemble

Act II
"Head Over Heels" – Musidorus, Philoclea, Mopsa, Pamela and Company
"This Old Feeling" – Gynecia and Basilius
"Turn to You" – Mopsa, Pamela and Ensemble
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" – Pythio, Gynecia, Basilius and Ensemble
"Lust to Love" – Basilius and Ensemble*
"Here You Are" – Philoclea and Company
"Mad About You" (Reprise) – Company*
"Finale" – Company
"Get Up and Go (Reprise)" – Band

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Writing for Deadline, Greg Evans summed up his impression of the musical as "occasionally amusing, occasionally cloying", expressing disappointment that many popular Go-Go's songs appeared to have been flattened over the years the musical spent in development. In Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Connolly viewed the show more favorably, praising "the charismatic cast" and Michael Mayer's "joyful production"; she gave the A- score overall.

The New York Times's critic Ben Brantley's review drew criticism as transphobic and misgendering of Peppermint's character. The Times subsequently edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show".

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Head Over Heels (2018-07-Hudson Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Hudson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 37 previews -
Première Preview : samedi 23 juin 2018
Première : jeudi 26 juillet 2018
Dernière : dimanche 06 janvier 2019
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Andrew Durand (as Musidorus), Taylor Iman Jones (as Mopsa), Jeremy Kushnier (as Basilius), Bonnie Milligan (as Pamela), Peppermint (as Pythio), Tom Alan Robbins (as Dametas), Alexandra Socha (as Philoclea), and Rachel York (as Gynecia)
Presse : "You would think that a sexually polymorphous musical that combines a Renaissance pastoral romance with the songs of the 1980s Califoria rock group The Go-Go's would at the very least be a hoot, a show that could get sloppy drunk on its own outrageousness. Yet Head Over Heels, which opened on Thursday night at the Hudson Theatre, feels as timid and awkward as the new kid on the first day of school. Make that the new kid who longs to run with the wild crowd but can’t quite commit to being as bad as coolness demands. Directed by Michael Mayer, who has been more than competent at the helm of Broadway rock musicals like American Idiot and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Head Over Heels lacks the courage of its contradictions. It mutters deferentially when what you want is a rebel yell." Ben Brantley for New York Times

"Broadway traditionalists may not approve, but that feels like part of the point. Head Over Heels is a fantasy and celebration of nonconformity, and it puts its casting where its mouth is with an ensemble that is diverse in race, gender and size. Honoring the beat, in this merry Arcadia, means making room for different drummers." Adam Feldman for Time Out New York

"Back to the source, Sir Philip called his prose romance, a trifle. Indeed that's just what Head Over Heels is. And if that's your speed, you may just flip for it." Roma Torre for NY1

"If you have trouble imagining songs like "Vacation" and "Cool Jerk" fitting into a scenario depicting a royal family's romantic complications, you still will after seeing this relentlessly frothy musical, for which the term "check your brain at the door" could have been invented. The farcical, gender-fluid shenanigans are as campy as things get on Broadway. And that's saying something." Frank Scheck for Hollywood Reporter

"From the sets and costumes to the performance style, the basic principle seems to be: Less is boring and more is never enough. Thanks, no doubt, to the Oracle of Delphi (played here by the impishly funny Peppermint), it’s a miracle that at least some of the wit in Jeff Whitty’s original book gets through." Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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