Musical (2005)

Musique: Victoria Wood
Paroles: Victoria Wood
Livret: Victoria Wood
Production à la création:

The actors in a TV soap called “Acorn Antiques” are out of work because the series has been axed, so the
cast reunite with the object of turning the show into a stage musical. Act One sees them rehearse and bitch about the
script, about each other and the director; Act Two sees the opening performance at the Enoch Powell Arts Centre in
Sutton Coldfield with its consequent mishaps, rivalries and cock-ups.

Acorn Antiques:The Musical! is a musical about an antiques dealer, based on the parodic soap opera of the same name by Victoria Wood.

The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors reprising their roles from stage; however, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a gritty commentary on British suburban life, despite the fact that the cast (led by Bo Beaumont (Julie Walters)) want to just have a fun piece with a good tap number. After a disastrous open dress rehearsal, the cast hijack the concept to return it to its original roots, and take it to the West End, funded by Bo Beaumont's lottery win.

The second act is the musical within the musical, and is much more like the original series. Miss Babs (Celia Imrie) and Miss Berta (Sally Ann Triplett) run "Acorn Antiques", and are aided and amused by their friends and cleaner: Mrs Overall (Walters) and Mr Clifford (Duncan Preston). Soon, they discover a third sister, Bonnie (Josie Lawrence) who is initially scheming and devious (for instance, she fires Mrs Overall, even after finding out she's her mother). The plot unfolds, the sisters are faced with financial woes, and family secrets. The show ends with the triumphant return of Mrs Overall, a windfall, and the unition of Miss Bertha and Mr Clifford. All is well in Manchesterford.

Acorn Antiques:The Musical! is a musical about an antiques dealer, based on the parodic soap opera of the same name by Victoria Wood.

Victoria Wood decided to revive the original concept to satirise musical theatre with Acorn Antiques: The Musical!, with the intent to give people a "lovely, happy night in the theatre." It was directed by Trevor Nunn, and opened at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in February 2005 for a three month sell-out run.

Parodying successful musicals such as Les Misérables and Chicago, it also caricatured the trend for socio-realism in contemporary drama and the conventions of song and choreography in musicals. It featured three of the principal actors from the original reprising their roles (or, strictly, the parts of the fictional actors from the spoof documentary); Duncan Preston returned as Clifford as did Celia Imrie as Babs and Julie Walters as Mrs Overall. Victoria Wood alternated with Walters in that role, and her character Miss Berta was played by Sally Ann Triplett. The musical also introduced Miss Bonnie (Josie Lawrence), a sister of Miss Babs and Miss Berta (who are apparently sisters now and no longer cousins as they were originally).

Act I
Middle Class Show - Ensemble
Residents' Parking - Miss Babs, Mrs Overall, Ms Berta & Ensemble
Café Continental - Mrs Overall & Ensemble
Mine Alone (Intro) - Mr Clifford
Mine Alone - Mr Clifford, Alan, Sally
Tip Top Tap - Mrs Overall & Ensemble
Tip Top Tap (Reprise) - Mrs Overall & Ensemble

Act II
Manchesterford - Ensemble
(Doorbell Rings, a Customer) Acorn Antiques! - Miss Babs, Miss Berta, Hugh, Mimi
Macaroons! - Mrs Overall
Please stay here - Miss Bonnie, Miss Babs, Miss Berta
We're On Our Way - Miss Babs, Miss Berta, Miss Bonnie, Hugh, Mimi
Remind Him - Miss Berta
D.E.B.T - Tony, Deb, Evelyn, Bev
Manchesterford (Reprise) - Mrs Overall
Back on Top - Miss Berta, Hugh, Mimi
I Am Going Out to Find Her - Ms Bonnie & Ensemble
Have You Met Miss Babs? - Miss Babs
Oh! Oh! Oh! Mrs O! - Ensemble
Macaroons! (Reprise) - Mrs Overall & Ensemble
We're On Our Way (Reprise) - Ensemble

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Version 1

Acorn Antiques (2005-01-Haymarket Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Haymarket Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 27 January 2005
Première: 10 February 2005
Dernière: 21 May 2005
Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Victoria Wood (Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees only), Julie Walters (Mrs Overall) (Tuesday to Saturday evenings and Saturday matinees only), Celia Imrie (Miss Babs), Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford), Neil Morrisey (John), Josie Lawrence & Sally Ann Triplett (Mrs Berta)
Commentaires : A ten minute sketch inside a 30 minute TV comedy series had been expanded into a three hour musical. As a result, the first half and second halves were virtually two different shows. The whole thing was a muddle, but with its hugely talented cast, and its satire ranging from “Crossroads” to “Les Mis” and Starbucks to Sondheim, and with Victoria Wood and Julie Walters alternating in the lead role, it attracted an audience of fanatical supporters who roared with delight at every familiar gag and malfunctioning prop. In 2006 the show was completely re-written for a major UK tour, so that the entire show was now the “straight” musical performance of “Acorn Antiques”. Mrs Overall was played by Ria Jones and the tour received excellent notices and was felt to be much better for the changes. It is this revised version which is now regarded as the “real” show.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A musical farce and a farsical musical...No Memorable numbers "
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A load of slack, self-indulgent rubbish."
PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "I haven't laughed as helplessly since the day I heard Bernadette had closed at the Dominion. It's the supreme cheek of the endeavour that will irritate some people and exhilarate the rest of us."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Mischievous, good-natured, charming. But a comic masterpiece? Not really."

Version 2

Acorn Antiques (2006-12-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 11 December 2006
Première: 11 December 2006
Dernière: 07 July 2007
Mise en scène : Victoria Wood
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Ria Jones (Mrs Overall), Sara Crowe (Babs), Lisa Peace (Berta), Kim Ismay (Bonnie), Teddy Kempner (Clifford), Alistair Robins (Tony). Performer Beverly Rudd (Mimi). Performer Michael Melmoe (Hugh).
Commentaires : Rewritten for the tour, the second half has been expanded with the original "behind the scenes" first half removed.
Commentaires longs: 2 Jul 07 to 7 Jul 07 - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
25 Jun 07 to 30 Jun 07 - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
11 Jun 07 to 16 Jun 07 - Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
4 Jun 07 to 9 Jun 07 - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
28 May 07 to 2 Jun 07 - Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
21 May 07 to 26 May 07 - Theatre Royal, Bath
14 May 07 to 19 May 07 - The Hexagon, Reading
30 Apr 07 to 5 May 07 - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
23 Apr 07 to 28 Apr 07 - Richmond Theatre, Outer London
16 Apr 07 to 21 Apr 07 - Civic Theatre, Darlington
9 Apr 07 to 14 Apr 07 - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
2 Apr 07 to 7 Apr 07 - Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
26 Mar 07 to 31 Mar 07 - Charter Theatre, Preston
19 Mar 07 to 24 Mar 07 - Grand Opera House, York
12 Mar 07 to 17 Mar 07 - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
5 Mar 07 to 10 Mar 07 - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
26 Feb 07 to 3 Mar 07 - Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
19 Feb 07 to 24 Feb 07 - New Victoria Theatre, Woking
12 Feb 07 to 17 Feb 07 - Theatre Royal, Brighton
5 Feb 07 to 10 Feb 07 - Ipswich Regent, Ipswich
29 Jan 07 to 3 Feb 07 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
22 Jan 07 to 27 Jan 07 - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
11 Dec 06 to 6 Jan 07 - The Lowry, Salford

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