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The music of Ray Charles (who died at the age of 73 in 2004) comes to life in this non stop celebration of his greatest hits, including 'I Can’t Stop Loving You,' 'Hit the Road Jack,' 'Georgia,' 'What ‘d I Say,' 'I’ve Gotta Woman,' 'America the Beautiful,' and many more. With a cast of 9 singers and 12 dancers, orchestra of 16 musicians and a medley of 36 songs associated with Ray Charles, this was a tribute compilation staged just a year after his death. It was billed as “a new musical created by David King”. The critics hated it - claiming false pretences, since it was nothing more than a concert, and claimed the loudest sound of the evening was that of Ray Charles spinning in his grave.


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Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Haymarket Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 16 juin 2005
Première : lundi 20 juin 2005
Dernière : samedi 13 août 2005
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Commentaires : With a cast of 9 singers and 12 dancers, orchestra of 16 musicians and a medley of 36 songs associated with Ray Charles, this was a tribute compilation staged just a year after his death. It was billed as “a new musical created by David King”. The critics hated it - claiming false pretences, since it was nothing more than a concert, and claimed the loudest sound of the evening was that of Ray Charles spinning in his grave.
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "This lamentable jukebox musical comes as a horrid shock....The six leading singers, three women and three men, all sing tunefully enough, and the 14-piece (worryingly white) band know the notes, though they give little impression of emotional involvement in the music."
JACK MASSARIK for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "This slick song-and-dance extravaganza makes no attempt to explain how a blind Georgia orphan could claw his way from abject poverty to the very top of the showbiz mountain. There's no book here, not a single line of dialogue. Nothing, indeed, but songs in glorious profusion."
CLIVE DAVIS for THE TIMES says, "Seasoned fans of the great man’s music won’t get an awful lot out of the juke-box presentation, but then the show is not really designed for them. People who know only two or three of the hits, on the other hand, will get a crash course in one of the pioneers of American music....Given that the West End has been awash with anonymous tribute shows, I hesitate to welcome another into town. But there is at least a spark to this one."
LISA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "This disappointing compilation show...only hints at the great musician’s style, versatility and inspiration."
JOHN L WATERS for THE GUARDIAN says, "The second act wisely ends with the big hits but what the show lacks - if you'll forgive the metaphor - is vision."
SARAH HEMMING for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "There is something relentless and empty about the show. It is so over-amplified that it assaults you with the music, rather than coaxing you."


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