Musical (1936)

Musique: Richard Rodgers
Paroles: Lorenz M. Hart
Livret: Geoffrey Abbott • Richard Rodgers
Production à la création:

On Your Toes marked the first time a Broadway musical made dramatic use of classical dance and incorporated jazz into its score.

Junior Donal, an ex-vaudevillian now teaching music at Knickerbocker University, a WPA exention in New York, enlists to help of patroness Peggy Portefield to persuade Sergei Alexandrovich, the director of the Russian Ballet, to stage a friend's jazzy "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet. While he may dream of sharing the pleasure of a small hotel with girlfriend Frankie Frayne, Junior becomes involved with the company's prima ballerina, Vera Barnova, and even takes over the male lead in "Slaughter". This so enrages Vera'a lover and regular dancing partner that he hires two thugs to kill Junior while he is performing on stage. To avoid being a target Junior keeps dancing even after the ballet is over, then - once the gunmen have been arrested - falls exhausted to the floor.

Synopsis complet

C'est la première fois à Broadway que l'on utilisait de la danse classique au sein d'un musical

1 On your toes peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

On Your Toes was originally conceived as a film, and as a vehicle for Fred Astaire. His refusal of the part, because he thought that the role clashed with his debonair image developed in his contemporary films, caused it to be produced as a theatrical performance. Richard Rodgers wrote: "Astaire at that point in his career was a pretty chic fellow who usually wore white ties and tails, and the producers felt that there was no chance in our script for him to appear that way." Astaire thought that the ballet background in the plot was too "highbrow" for his audiences. Ray Bolger was given the role, which allowed him to rise to stardom.

The first Broadway production, directed by C. Worthington Miner and choreographed by George Balanchine, opened on April 11, 1936 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for seven months before transferring to the Majestic, for a total run of 315 performances. The cast included Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva, and Monty Woolley.
The London West End production opened on 5 February 1937 at the Palace Theatre, with Jack Whiting and Vera Zorina as the dancers.
The first Broadway revival, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Balanchine, opened on October 11, 1954 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 64 performances. The cast included Vera Zorina, Bobby Van, and Elaine Stritch. The original score was embellished with "You Took Advantage of Me."
The second revival, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Donald Saddler, started in 1982 with national previews. One of the original cast members, Natalia Makarova, was injured during the preview at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Valentina Kozlova filled in the role and her former husband, Leonid Kozlov, replaced George de la Peña to complete the previews. After seven previews, the revival opened on March 6, 1983 at the Virginia Theatre with the original cast, where it ran for 505 performances. The cast included Natalia Makarova, Christine Andreas, George de la Peña, George S. Irving, Dina Merrill, Philip Arthur Ross, Betty Ann Grove and Lara Teeter.

Act I
Two a Day for Keith
Questions and Answers (The Three Bs)
It's Got to Be Love
Too Good for the Average Man
There's a Small Hotel
Princesse Zenobia Ballet

Act II
The Heart is Quicker than the Eye
Quiet Night
Glad to Be Unhappy
On Your Toes
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

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Version 1

On your toes (1984-06-Palace Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 539 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 12 juin 1984
Première : mardi 12 juin 1984
Dernière : samedi 21 septembre 1985
Mise en scène : George Abbott
Chorégraphie : George Balanchine
Producteur :
Avec : Natalia Markarova (Vera Baronova), Tim Flavin (Junior), Siobhan McCarthy (Frankie), Kevin Owers (Sidney Cohn), Honor Blackman (Peggy Porterfield), John Bennett (Sergei), Nicholas Johnson (Konstantine Morrosine), Doreen Hermitage, Bunny May, Petra Siniawski
Commentaires : The original Broadway production (1936) and the London production (February 5th 1937 at the Coliseum) were both directed by George Abbott. The show was revived on Broadway in 1983 with Natalia Makarova - again directed by George Abbott - and once more he came to London to supervise this production. Not only was it some kind of record to be reviving his own work after a 47 year gap, but at the time of this show he was an astonishing 97 years old—and definitely the oldest working director in musical theatre. (He died in 1995, a few months before his 108th birthday.)

Version 2

On your toes (2003-08-Royal Festival Hall-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Royal Festival Hall (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 07 août 2003
Première : jeudi 07 août 2003
Dernière : samedi 06 septembre 2003
Mise en scène : Paul Kerryson
Chorégraphie : Adam Cooper
Producteur :
Avec : Sarah Wildor (Vera Baronova), Adam Cooper (Junior), Anna-Jane Casey (Frankie), Simon Coulthard (Sidney Cohn), Kathryn Evans (Peggy Porterfield), Russell Dixon (Sergei) Irek Mukhamedov/Ewan Wardrop (Konstantine Morr os ine), Greg Pichery, Gabrielle Noble,
Matthew Malthouse.
Commentaires : With three former Royal Ballet stars - Adam Cooper, Sarah Wildor and Irek Mukhamedov - this was a special treat, even allowing for restrictions imposed by staging it in a concert hall. In spite of the brilliant dancing display on offer, many critics felt Kathryn Evans stole the show.

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