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Musical (2008)


Musique: Shuki Levy
Paroles: David Goldsmith
Livret: Glenn Berenbeim

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

Durée : 1 mois
Nombre : 37 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 04 novembre 2008
Première : mercredi 19 novembre 2008
Dernière : samedi 20 décembre 2008
Mise en scène : Timothy Sheader
Chorégraphie : Liam Steel
Avec : Peter Polycarpou (Daniel Warshowsky), Leila Benn-Harris (Rebecca), Simon Gleeson (Adam), Bernard Lloyd (Adolph) , Richard Cotton (Blick), Michael Matus (Izzy), Gary Milner (Otto), Steven Serlin (Jan), Sevan Stephan (Max), Sarah Ingram (Sarah), Cameron Leigh (Lola), Rachael Archer, Marc Antolin, Stuart Boother, Emily Jane Boyle, Oliver Brenin, Michael Camp, Joel Elferink, Bob Harms, Paul Iveson, Roy Litvin, Aoife Nally, Grant Neal, Darragh O'Leary, Vincent Pirillo, Philippa Stefani, Rebecca Sutherland, Carrie Sutton, Gemma Sutton, Lucy Thatcher, Michael Watson
Commentaires : The Israeli composer Shuki Levy’s original idea was a show about the siege at Masada in 73AD. His collaborator, TV writer Glenn Berenbeim, suggested instead a play-within-a-play set inside the Warsaw Ghetto. The end result proved very controversial. The Warsaw Ghetto where 360,000 Jews were sealed off and subjected to starvation, disease and ultimate death was itself not an ideal setting for a musical. For some, telling a Holocaust story by means of “offensively banal, soft-pop music that limps in train with . . .trivial lyrics” (Evening Standard) seemed in the worst possible taste. The show was accused of “bumming a ride on the Holocaust”, endowing second-rate art with an air of moral significance. But for others, it was a brave and sincere attempt at “serious” musical theatre, with a magnificent central performance from Peter Polycarpou, some impressive songs and a highly effective and moving way of keeping alive the message of the Holocaust. The show tried out in Plymouth in July 2007, and finally opened in the West End on November 19 th , following 15 previews from November 4 th . As a result of some very damning reviews, it closed on December 20th, after just one month.
Presse : MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "They said it couldn't be done: a musical about the Warsaw ghetto. And, now that I've seen it, I know that they were right...I don't doubt the good intentions of all concerned, but the talent is simply not up to the task."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Last night Glenn Berenbeim’s book began by making me feel my imagination might take fire, only to douse it with the sort of formulaic nonsense it has resisted a zillion times before." The lyricist, David Goldsmith, may have the chutzpah to rhyme nature with nomenclature, but he can be pretty slushy too. Similarly, Shuki Levy’s score can handle the sad or upbeat...But it never has the minor-key harshness the situation demands."
DAVID BENEDICT for VARIETY says, "For all the good intentions, tension barely surfaces all night. The problem is not just that almost everyone knows the ultimate ending but that the schematic and predictable writing barely elicits a single surprise...Writing problems extend to the score. Even though one character sings ironically of 'a penchant for schmaltz,' David Goldsmith's lyrics are largely free of it. But, like the music by Israeli composer Shuki Levy, they lack the spark of individuality."
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Offensively banal, soft-pop music that limps in train with the fatuities and ineptitude of David Goldsmith’s trivial lyrics...the music and songs of Imagine This never do justice to its terrifying theme."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The production values, though far from extravagant, are effective enough, and though there are no star names, the performances are impressive...Imagine This must finally be judged a manipulative and morally dubious show."


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