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Musical (2002)

Musique: Madness
Paroles: Madness
Livret: Tim Firth

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 331 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 07 octobre 2002
Première : lundi 28 octobre 2002
Dernière : samedi 16 août 2003
Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus
Chorégraphie : Peter Darling
Avec : Michael Jibson (Joe Casey), Julia Gay (Sarah), Lesley Nicol (Joe ’s Mum), Ian Reddington (Joe’s Dad), Richard Frame, Oliver Jackson, Tameka Empson, Andrea Francis, Matt Cross, Mike Scott, James Beattie, Mark Hilton, Paul Kemble
Commentaires : On the surface this was another compilation “greatest hits” show of the “We Will Rock You” kind. However, the numbers were wrapped around a skilful narrative with inventive and cheerful choreography and a much praised central performance from Michael Jibson as Joe. Although the show received mostly enthusiastic notices, business was very patchy: a series of matinees were cancelled, then matinee days were re-arranged until unexpectedly the show won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year. This gave it a boost, and it continued to run until mid-August, 2003 - a ten month run.
Presse : MICHAEL COVENEY for THE DAILY MAIL says, "There is something fresh and original here......incisive and imaginative production."

IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "Our House comes as a welcome relief from the camp idolatry behind Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN did not like it much saying, "In the course of a long evening, the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies" And going on to say, "The musical groans under the burden of too much plot; and after a time the raucous sameness of the numbers begins to pall. "

NEIL SMITH for BBC ONLINE says, "Matthew Warchus's direction is slick and inventive, while the young cast are clearly having the time of their lives."

CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH gives a luke-warm notice saying, "Somehow the show adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts." And goes on to say, "Even fanatical admirers of Madness are likely to find themselves exhausted rather than elated."

NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A compelling, knife-sharp affair." He goes on to say, "Our House is that rare thing, an original musical."

PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE, "Even though the group's songs are all similar in style, Tim Firth has done a good job concocting a plot around them. "