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Musical (2003)

Musique: Richard Thomas • Stewart Lee
Paroles: Richard Thomas • Stewart Lee

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Lyttelton Theatre
Durée : 5 mois
Nombre : 87 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 09 avril 2003
Première : mardi 29 avril 2003
Dernière : mardi 30 septembre 2003
Mise en scène : Stewart Lee
Chorégraphie : Jenny Arnold
Avec : Michael Brandon (Jerry Springer), Alison Jiear (Chantel/Eve), David Dedella (Warm-up Man/Satan), Wills Morgan (Montel/Jesus), Marcus Cunningham (Chucky/Adam), Valda Aviks (Zandra/Mary), Benjamin Lake (Dwight/God), Aally Bourne (Andrea/Archangel Michael),
Commentaires : This was Nicholas Hytner’s first show as the new artistic director of the Royal National Theatre, and it seemed to herald a new era, very different from Trevor Nunn’s series of American musicals’ “golden oldies”.
It had been rewritten and enlarged from earlier “fringe” versions at the Edinburgh Festival and the BAC, and proved to be hugely controversial. The clash of high operatic music and big choral parodies with scatological lyrics about whores, crack, and junkies made some critics compare it to a modern day “Beggar’s Opera”. A nearly naked Jesus admitting to being “a bit gay”, a plump glam-rock God descending on a golden swing singing “It Ain’t Easy Being Me”, and Jesus and Satan performing a baroque duet caused some critics to scream blasphemy. Adam and Eve and the Holy Virgin appearing as guest artists on the Jerry Springer TV chat-show made some critics respond enthusiastically to the satire on the cheap values of modern society. The show won four Olivier Awards including Best Musical.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It's vulgar, salacious but such a pleasure."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "But the supreme merit of Lee's Lyttelton production is that it is superbly sung."

BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, " If ever a show seems destined for cult status, this is it."