Musical (1943)


Musique: Kurt Weill
Paroles: Ogden Nash
Livret: Ogden Nash • S.J. Perelman
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One Touch of Venus is a musical with music written by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ogden Nash, and book by S. J. Perelman and Nash, based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie, and very loosely spoofing the Pygmalion myth. The show satirizes contemporary American suburban values, artistic fads and romantic and sexual mores. Weill had been in America for eight years by the time he wrote this musical, and his music, though retaining his early haunting power, had evolved into a very different Broadway style.

A long-lost, priceless statue of the goddess Venus is placed on display in an art museum in New York. A barber, Rodney Hatch, places the engagement ring he plans to give his fiancée onto the statue's finger. The sculpture comes to life and falls in love with the hapless Rodney. Farcical complications ensue.

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Thomas Anstey Guthrie's novella The Tinted Venus

Original production
The original Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 7, 1943 and closed on February 10, 1945 after 567 performances. It was directed by Elia Kazan, featured choreography by Agnes de Mille, and was co-produced by John Wildberg and Cheryl Crawford. It starred Mary Martin, Kenny Baker and Paula Laurence. Marlene Dietrich reportedly backed out of the title role during rehearsals, calling it "too sexy and profane", which gave Martin the opportunity to establish herself as a Broadway star.

Film version
The musical was made into a 1948 film, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Ava Gardner and Robert Walker. Actress Eve Arden co-starred. The movie version changed Hatch's first name from Rodney to Eddie and omitted much of the Broadway score; it received poor reviews.

Other productions
In 1987, the piece played at the Goodspeed Opera House.[3] Ian Marshall Fisher's Discovering Lost Musicals Charitable Trust has presented the work twice, first in 1992 at the Barbican Centre, and then in 2000 the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre. Louise Gold played the title role on both occasions. Both productions also found Myra Sands playing Mrs Kramer; while Dick Vosburgh put in an appearance in the 2000 production.


Act I
Overture – Orchestra
"New Art Is True Art" – Whitelaw Savory and Chorus
"One Touch of Venus" – Molly Grant and Girls
"How Much I Love You" – Rodney Hatch
"I'm A Stranger Here Myself" – Venus
"Forty Minutes for Lunch" – (ballet)
"West Wind" – Savory and Chorus
"Way Out West in Jersey" – Mrs. Kramer, Gloria Kramer, and Rodney
"That's How I Am Sick of Love" – Rodney
"Foolish Heart" – Venus
The Trouble With Women – Rodney, Savory, Taxi Black, and Stanley
"Speak Low" – Venus and Rodney
"Artist's Ball" – Orchestra
"Doctor Crippen" – Savory and Dancers

Act II
Entr'acte – Orchestra
"Very, Very, Very" – Molly
"Speak Low" (Reprise) – Rodney and Venus
"Catch Hatch" – Savory, Molly, Stanley, Taxi Black, Mrs. Kramer, 3 Anatolians, and Chorus
"That's Him" – Venus
"Wooden Wedding" – Rodney
"Venus in Ozone Heights" – (ballet)
"Speak Low" (Reprise) – Rodney

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One Touch of Venus (1943-10-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 567 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 07 octobre 1943
Première : jeudi 07 octobre 1943
Dernière : samedi 10 février 1945
Mise en scène : Elia Kazan
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : John Boles (Whitelaw Savory), Paula Laurence (Molly Grant), Teddy Hart (Taxi Black), Harry Clark (Stanley), Kenny Baker (Rodney Hatch), Mary Martin (Venus), Florence Dunlap (Mrs. Moats), Sam Bonnell (Store Manager, Anatolian), Lou Wills Jr. (Bus Starter), Zachary A. Charles (Sam), Helen Raymond (Mrs. Kramer), Ruth Bond (Gloria Kramer), Bert Freed (Police Lieutenant), Jane Hoffman (Rose), Harold J. Stone (Zuvetli), Johnny Stearns (Dr. Rook), Matthew Farrar (Anatolian), Sono Ostao (Premiere Danseuse); Singers: Jane Davies, Beatrice Hudson, Rose Marie Elliot, Julie Jefferson, Willa Rollins, Betty Spain, Lynn Alden, Arthur Davies, Matthew Farrar, Jeffrey Warren; Dancers: Nelle Fisher, Ruth Harte, Jinx Heffelfinger, Jean Houloose, Ann Hutchinson, Pearl Lang, Allyn Ann McLerie, Lavina Nielsen, Ginee Richardson, Patricia Schaeffer, Kirsten Valbor, Carle Erbele, Robert Pageant, Peter Birch, William Garrett, Ralph Linn, Duncan Nobl, Kevin Smith, William Weber, Lou Wills, Jr., Parker Wilson

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