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Richard Sampson

Mise en scène 1

Eurovision (1993-11-Vaudeville Theatre-London)

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

Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre : 22 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 02 novembre 1993
Première : mercredi 10 novembre 1993
Dernière : samedi 27 novembre 1993
Mise en scène : Tim Luscombe
Chorégraphie : Richard Sampson
Avec : James Dreyfus (Gary), Charles Edwards (Kevin) , Christopher James (Antinous), Simon Dutton (Hadrian), Anita Dobson (Katia Europa), Grant Russell (Sergio), Michael Matus (Andreas), Carmen Gomez, Darren McNeill, Duncan Wisbey, Thierry Harcourt
Commentaires :
This extremely silly (and for many, enjoyable!) spoof of the Eurovision Song Contest had the merit of some funny parody songs sending up the whole Eurovision style, but with its peculiar story mixing togas and flared trousers, and the fact that the Eurovision Contest is already a parody of itself, the almost unanimous critical verdict was “nul point”, or at best, “un et demi”. (The show had originated in the fringe Drill Hall in the previous year). It came off within three weeks, having lost some £275,000. It was described by Jack Tinker in the “Daily Mail” as violating every clause of the Geneva Convention..
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Mise en scène 2

Mama, I Want to Sing! (1995-01-London Run)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: London Run (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 187 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 31 janvier 1995
Première : mercredi 01 février 1995
Dernière : samedi 22 juillet 1995
Mise en scène : Vy Higginsen • Ken Wydro
Chorégraphie : Richard Sampson
Avec : Doris Troy (Mama Winter), Howard McCrary (Reverend Winter). Stacy Francis (Young Doris), Joanne Campbell (Narrator), Chaka Khan (Sister Carrie), Charles Stewart (Minister of Music)
Commentaires :
This show held the record as the longest running all-black off-Broadway show, running for eight years, playing to over 3 million people and taking something like £38 million at the box office in stagings through Europe, Asia and Japan. The part of Doris Troy’s mother was played by Doris Troy herself, and the company included a 15 voice gospel choir. Generally the critics hated it! “Over-amplified, over-long, under-written, uninspired” (Sunday Express), “you end up aching for Motown and wishing the show had been about Diana Ross. Or even Jonathan Ross” (Michael Coveney in “The Observer”.)
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Mise en scène 3

Fame (1995-06-Cambridge Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois
Nombre : 526 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 16 juin 1995
Première : mardi 27 juin 1995
Dernière : samedi 28 septembre 1996
Mise en scène : Runar Borge
Chorégraphie : Lars Bethke
Avec : Scott Sherrin (Tyrone), Sonia Swaby (Mabel), Gemma Wardle (Serena), Richard Dempsey (Nick), Loraine Velez (Carmen), Josefina Gabrielle (Iris), Jonathan Aris, Nicola Bolton, Alastair Willis, Miguel Brown, Vivien Parry, Harry Landis, Bill Champion
Commentaires :
Following its original film and spin-off TV series, the critics thought the show was too predictable and cliched - dancer with an eating disorder, student with drug problem, girl in love with boy who might be gay, teacher passionate about Mozart dealing with a class that wants to rap - and was just an excuse for dance numbers and songs not as good as the original soundtrack. It ran for more than a year in London run and then underwent a successful UK tour which was to make a few return visits to the West End over the next years.
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