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Musical (1951)

Musique: Richard Rodgers
Paroles: Oscar Hamerstein II
Livret: Oscar Hamerstein II

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 8 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 18 avril 2000
Première : mercredi 03 mai 2000
Dernière : samedi 05 janvier 2002
Mise en scène : Christopher Renshaw
Chorégraphie : Jerome Robbins
Avec : Elaine Paige (Anna), Jason Scott Lee (King), Taewon Yi Kim (Lady Thiang), Aura Deva (Tuptim), Sean Ghazi (Lun Tha), Robin Kermode (Sir Edward), Richard Avery, Miguel Diaz, Ho Yi
Commentaires : This production originated in Australia in 1995, then moved to Broadway with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips and Taewon Yi Kim. After 780 performances in New York it transferred to London, and opened “to the largest box office advance in theatrical hyperbole”. It was described as lavish and sumptuous, though the sheer weight of the spectacle, parades and displays tended to slow down the show, giving it a running time in excess of three hours. After 3 months Jason Scott Lee left because of family problems and was replaced by his understudy, Paul Nagauchi. In April 2001 the principal roles were taken by Josie Lawrence and Yeo. The show ran for a year and 8 months, finishing at the beginning of January, 2002.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says it left his ears "unimpressed" and his heart "unengaged". He also thought the production looked "rather stale".

JOHN PETER for THE SUNDAY TIMES says, "As a singer, Paige is a fine technician who knows how to use her voice, but it is a voice I do not like: it sounds hard, almost metallic, and like her acting, it is not suited to expressing feelings."

THE EXPRESS says, "The trouble is that Christopher Renshaw's frankly provincial production has no pace or vitality and is too faithfully reconstituted in a red cavern of stooping elephant trunks, Brian Thomson's design resembles a large-scale Indian restaurant with a naff floorshow."

JANE EDWARDES for TIME OUT says, "She [Paige] is best when she keeps it tough and resourceful, and Scott Lee makes a witty, sardonic tyrant."

THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "A handsome, spectacular, strongly performed introduction to one of the truly great musicals."

SHERIDAN MORLEY for TELETEXT had great things to say about Paige's performance, "Elaine Paige, confirming her title as the first lady of the British musical stage, admittedly against precious little opposition, takes charge of a show that was always meant to be about Anna. In doing so, she gives us what is unquestionably the performance of her career so far."

THE DAILY MIRROR says, "Elaine Paige as English governess Anna proves she is the queen of the British stage musical and also shows a delicate comic touch."

THE EXPRESS says, "Love it or loathe it, The King and I is an unstoppable smash."

PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE says, "Although possibly too young for the role, Jason Scott Lee is a fine catch to play the King. He has a natural authority, a good singing voice and enjoys the role's comedy aspects.."