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Musical (1935)

Musique: George Gershwin
Paroles: DuBose Heyward • Ira Gershwin
Livret: DuBose Heyward

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 5 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 25 octobre 2006
Première : jeudi 09 novembre 2006
Dernière : samedi 05 mai 2007
Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn
Chorégraphie : Jason Pennycooke
Avec : Cast: Clarke Peters (Porgy), Nicola Hughes (Bess), O-T Fagbenie (Sportin’Life), Cornell S John (Crown), Edward Baruwa, Yolanda Grant-Thompson, Ruby King, Lorraine Velez, Des Coleman, Anton Stephans
Commentaires : Notes: Trevor Nunn had directed the opera “Porgy and Bess” at Glyndebourne in 1986, and that production, conducted by Simon Rattle, was re-created as a television opera in 1993, and re-staged for a one-night concert version at the 1998 Royal Albert Hall Promenade Season. This, however, was produced as a “musical” not an opera. Working with the Gershwin estate, Nunn used dialogue from the original novel and subsequent Broadway stage play to replace the recitatives with naturalistic scenes. He also considerably reduced its running time. He did not cast operatic voices but relied on musical theatre actors as leads. Gareth Valentine re-scored the work for a 20-strong orchestra (as opposed to the 50 piece symphony orchestra of the Glyndebourne version).
In spite of generally welcoming reviews the show did not attract an audience, and closed after just a few months.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, " Ardent production." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, " 'Electrifying' is an overworked word in the critical lexicon, but if ever a show deserved it, it is Trevor Nunn's magnificent revival of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." SCOTT MATTHEWMAN for THE STAGE says, "A visual and aural spectacle." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "If the show now seems a museum-piece, Nunn's production invests it with social detail...this is an essentially conservative show." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Nunn’s company brings enormous energy and plenty of class to Ira Gershwin’s libretto."