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Musical (2003)

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

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 14 octobre 2003
Première : lundi 10 novembre 2003
Dernière : samedi 19 février 2005
Mise en scène : Stewart Lee
Chorégraphie : Jenny Arnold
Avec : David Soul (Jerry Springer), Guy Porritt (Steve), David Bedella (Warm-Up Man / Satan), Benjamin Lake (Dwight / God), Carrie Ellis (Peaches / Baby Jane), Claire Platt (Zandra / Irene / Mary), Ryan Molloy (Tremont / Angel Gabriel), Leon Craig (Montel / Jesus), Annabelle Williams (Andrea / Archangel Michael), Alison Jiear (Shawntel / Eve), Christopher Key (Chucky / Adam), Edward Baruwa (Dwayne Wayne), Dale Branston (Carlo Collins), Leroy Charlery (Bouncer, Ziggy Washington), Jason Griffiths (Michael Melikidse), Kiara Jay (Courtney Taylor), Trevor Jary (Drea Curtis), Nicole Joy-Fraser (Ariana Kostopoulos), Ruby King (Mercedes Serenity Jones), Kirsty Malpass (Tamera James), Elen Mon Wayne (Samantha Brown), Aoife Nally (Val Rosenthal), David O'Dell (Gilbert Nixon White), Johan Pearson (Bouncer, Tony Johnson), Andrew Playfoot (Marlon Jackson III), Verity Quade (Laurie Rae Johnson), Jeremy Secomb (Waylon Wasowski), Phillip Sutton (Elder F. Lower), Stephanie Tavernier (Teresa Jackson), Phong Truong (Elvis Chang), Elin Wyn Lewis (Tania Lee), Adriano Agostino (Earnest Diggle), Richard Alliston (Brett Monroe), John Coates (Dustin Summers), Jenny Dale (Betsy-Lou Danvers), Tania Mathurin (Letitia Moesha Jackson), Scott Monello (Bobby Jetson), Nicola Rutherford (Lorie Tyler), Gayle Telfer Stevens (Stella Eleanor Jefferson), Karen O Novak (Jerrycam Sequence Dancer)
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.