Musical (1978)

Musique: Marvin Hamlisch
Paroles: Carole Bayer
Livret: Neil Simon
Production à la création:

Act I
Top pop music composer Vernon Gersch, hoping to find a new collaborator, meets offbeat Sonia Walsk, who has already had some success writing lyrics and is in awe of his accomplishments, at his luxury Manhattan apartment. She is surprised that his Oscar is so light, and Vernon quips, "They're chocolate inside." He is aloof and focused, while she is disorganized and distracted, but Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics, and they decide to forge ahead. Sonia, frazzled by her break up with lover Leon, arrives a day late for their first work session. When they begin, she tells Vernon they should get to know each other on a personal level in order for their work to gel, and they decide to have dinner at "Le Club."

Sonia, who has been trying to ease Leon's anguish, is late yet again, and the evening begins badly. She and Vernon argue, then dance in an effort to calm down. The two settle down to enjoy the evening, and they hear their own songs being played over the sound system. Another work session, in which the two really don't listen to each other, follows, but Vernon convinces Sonia to join him for a romantic weekend at a Long Island beach house. The trip to the island in Vernon's small sports car is fraught with engine trouble, calls to Leon, and arguments. They finally arrive at the house, but a phone call from Leon threatens the romantic mood. Determined to concentrate on Vernon, Sonia tells Leon that she can't help him and hangs up.

Act II
It's a week later and Vernon is suffering from insomnia. Sonia manipulates her way into his apartment by telling him she has no place to stay since Leon is back living at her place. Sonia and Vernon's romance and collaboration seems successful for a while, but the relationship begins to crumble because of her inability to send her ex-boyfriend away. Also, away from his piano, Vernon is a bundle of neuroses and unable to express his deepest feelings. After some psychologizing about the difficulties of living and working together, the pair split up at a recording session.

A few months later, while Vernon is in a Los Angeles hospital, Sonia arrives unexpectedly with a tiny red child's piano as a get-well gift. Months later, both have separately come to the realization that, despite their differences, they are better together. Vernon arrives at Sonia's apartment in New York to tell her that he wants to try again. She agrees, and they reconcile with a kiss.

They're Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices, and there are no big production numbers.

Produced by Emanuel Azenberg, the musical had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in December 1978. After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Moore, choreographed by Patricia Birch, and starring Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz (in her Broadway debut), opened on February 11, 1979 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1,082 performances. Ann Roth designed the costumes and lighting was by Tharon Musser. Notable cast replacements included Tony Roberts, Stockard Channing, Victor Garber, Anita Gillette, and Ted Wass.

The 1st U.S. national tour production opened in 1979 with Victor Garber and Ellen Greene.

The West End production opened on October 1, 1980 at the Shaftesbury Theatre with Tom Conti and Gemma Craven, who won a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance. Among the "Inner Voices" was Deena Payne. Notable replacements during its original London run included Martin Shaw. It closed on May 8, 1982. A London cast recording was released on the Chopper label.

The original Australian production opened on August 23, 1980 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. It starred John Waters and Jacki Weaver, with Rhonda Burchmore as one of the "Inner Voices." An Australian Cast Recording was released by Festival Records.

The Argentinian production opened in 1980, it starred Valeria Lynch and Victor Laplace, in 1992 they starred a new production. Argentinian cast recording was released by Philips.

The Singapore Repertory Theater production opened in the Philippines, from July 2000 to August 13. It starred Tony Award winner Lea Salonga as Sonia and Singaporean actor Adrian Pang as Vernon. The musical ran in the AFP Theatre.

A London revival opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory on August 4, 2008 to mixed reviews and closed on September 28. It starred How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? winner Connie Fisher and Alistair McGowan.

A Brazilian production will open on March 2009, starring Tadeu Aguiar and Amanda Acosta.

An Australian production has just concluded at St. Jude's in Brighton, Adelaide, South Australia.

On August 30, 2010 Seth Rudetsky and Sutton Foster starred in a one-night only Actors Fund Benefit performance of the show at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre.

Act I
Fallin' - Vernon
Workin' It Out - Vernon, Sonia, Voices
If He Really Knew Me - Sonia, Vernon
They're Playing Our Song - Vernon, Sonia
If He Really Knew Me (Reprise) - Vernon, Sonia
Right - Sonia, Vernon, Voices
Just for Tonight - Sonia

Act II
When You're in My Arms - Vernon, Sonia, Voices
I Still Believe in Love - Sonia
Fill in the Words - Vernon, Voices

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Version 1

They're playing our song (1980-10-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 1 an 7 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 667 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 01 October 1980
Dernière: 08 May 1982
Mise en scène : David Taylor
Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Martin Shaw (Vernon Gersch), Gemma Craven (Sonia Walsk), Thom Booker, Philip Day, Mark Jefferis (Voices of Vernon), Dawn Hope, Beverley Kay, Deena Payne (Voices of Sonia)
Commentaires : Only two people appear in the show, althoug there is a chorus to reveal their innermost thoughts. It is based very closely on the real-life relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. The show is claimed to have saved the Shaftesbury Theatre by providing it with its first profitable hit since “Hair” closed in 1973.

Version 2

They're Playing our Song (2008-07-Menier Chocolate Factory-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 25 July 2008
Première: 04 August 2008
Dernière: 28 September 2008
Mise en scène : Fiona Laird
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Alistair McGowan (Vernon Gersch), Connie Fisher (Sonia Walsk), Matthew Cole, Eugene McCoy, Christopher Ragland (Voices of Vernon), Tricia Adele-Turner, Lyndsey Gardiner, Kaisa Hammarlund (Voices of Sonia )
Commentaires : A number of critics felt it was also seriously miscast, with Connie Fisher (in her first stage outing after her Maria in “The Sound of Music”) using her pure and beautiful soprano voice on a score which was “flavourless, soft-pop, flaccid sub-disco” (Independent), and with Alistair McGowan looking far too strapping and healthy to be “kvetching about therapy and neurosis.”

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