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Musical (1960)


Musique: Harvey Schmidt
Paroles: Tom Jones
Livret: Tom Jones

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Duchess Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : lundi 24 mai 2010
Première : mercredi 09 juin 2010
Dernière : samedi 26 juin 2010
Mise en scène : Amon Miyamoto
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Luisa [The Girl] ... Lorna Want / Matt [The Boy] ... Luke Brady / El Gallo [The Narrator] ... Hadley Fraser / Bellomy [The Girl's Father] ... David Burt / Hucklebee [The Boy's Father] ... Clive Rowe / Henry [The Old Actor] ... Edward Petherbridge / The Mute ... Carl Au / Mortimer [The Man Who Dies] ... Paul Hunter
Commentaires : This production originated in Tokyo, where Tom Jones, the lyricist, saw it, liked it, and managed to raise the money to re-stage it in London. With some audience sitting on the stage, and with some vaguely kabuki clowning interludes and oriental drumming it was “different”. However, yet again it failed to make a favourable impact in the UK despite the fact it is the longest running musical in the USA (1960-2002 and then revived in 2006 and still running!) The critics hated it: “cheek-numbingly boring and desperately unfunny” (D. Mail), “sticky, sugary depths. . .ghastly musical” (D. Telegraph), “No sane adult should have to sit through this” (Sunday Times), “I lost the will to live” (Mail on Sunday). It lasted less than 3 weeks.
Presse : "Since by the interval the plot has been virtually resolved and we've had the two best songs (Try to Remember, and Soon it's Gonna Rain), the second half strains hard to excite our curiosity...What irks one about the show is its dimpled, ingratiating cuteness." Michael Billington for The Guardian

"Most of the humour is feeble, and while the performances are serviceable...it’s impossible to redeem the material...This is one to forget." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

"No amount of talent can redeem this terrible show." Charles Spencer for Daily Telegraph

"Yes, it occasionally puts the 'grate' in ingratiating. Yes, at two-and-half hours, it begins to outstay its welcome. But as an open-hearted antidote to soulless, big-budget hi-tech, The Fantasticks continues to prove that small can be quite fetching." Paul Taylor for The Independent


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