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Musical (1983)

Musique: Galt MacDermot
Paroles: William Dumaresq
Livret: William Dumaresq

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre : 20 previews - 13 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 20 mars 1984
Première : jeudi 05 avril 1984
Dernière : dimanche 15 avril 1984
Mise en scène : Wilford Leach
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Homer Macauley ... Stephen Geoffreys / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Spangler ... Rex Smith / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Mrs. Kate Macauley ... Bonnie Koloc / Marcus Macauley ... Don Kehr / Bess Macauley ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio / Ulysses Macauley ... Josh Blake / Mary Arena ... Caroline Peyton / Tobey ... Joseph Kolinski
Commentaires : Like Hair and A Chorus Line before it, The Human Comedy garnered reviews favorable enough to prompt Papp to transfer it a larger, uptown Broadway house. After twenty previews, with its downtown director and cast intact, it opened on April 5, 1984 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for only 13 performances. The general reaction being this was more an oratorio for the concert platform rather than a conventional theatre.

Frank Rich's critique of the original production had been positive, but New York Times policy prohibited re-reviewing shows unless they were changed substantially, so his earlier comments were overshadowed by those damaging ones made more recently by Clive Barnes, among others. The general consensus was that The Human Comedy, with its intimate story staged in a semi-oratorio style with no scenery save for rear projections used to define each scene's locale, was not suited for a large venue with a conventional proscenium stage. Following Dude and Via Galactica, it was MacDermot's third critical and commercial failure, and proved to be his last attempt at a Broadway musical.