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Musical (1978)


Musique: Cy Coleman
Paroles: Adolph Green • Betty Comden
Livret: Adolph Green • Betty Comden

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: St. James Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 3 semaines
Nombre : 11 previews - 449 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 09 février 1978
Première : dimanche 19 février 1978
Dernière : dimanche 18 mars 1979
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Larry Fuller
Avec : George Coe (Owen O'Malley), Dean Dittman (Oliver Webb), Imogene Coca (Letitia Primrose), John Cullum (Oscar Jaffee), George Lee Andrews (Max Jacobs), Willi Burke (Imelda), Madeline Kahn (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland), Kevin Kline (Bruce Granit), Judy Kaye (Agnes), Ken Hilliard (Priest)
Commentaires : Madeline Kahn left the show early in the run after having missed 10 performances in two months. She was replaced by her understudy, Judy Kaye. At the time, it was reported that the role was too vocally demanding for her to perform eight times a week, and that she had proposed having Judy Kaye play matinees.

Hal Prince stated in later interviews that she was having trouble commanding the energy to play physical comedy eight times a week, and his statements suggest that he and possibly the writers tried to persuade her to leave. At least a few critics, having attended critics' previews rather than opening night (when Prince says she was wonderful), did find her performance a bit lackluster.

Between the out-of-town opening and the Broadway opening, the role was made more vocally demanding. It may be that this was done at Kahn's suggestion. It does seem that after the Broadway opening, at some performances she sang lower notes in place of some of the high notes that had been added.


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