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Musical (2001)

Musique: Gérard Presgurvic
Paroles: Gérard Presgurvic
Livret: William Shakespeare

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 18 octobre 2002
Première : lundi 04 novembre 2002
Dernière : samedi 08 février 2003
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Roméo (Romeo) : Andrew Bevis (Gary Tushaw, Simon Bailey) / Juliette (Juliet) : Lorna Want ou Zara Dawson (Amy Creighton, Carly Tancredi) / Benvolio : Matt Dempsey (Tim Walton, Gary Tushaw) /
Mercutio : Rachid Sabitri (Simon Bailey, Tim Walton) / Tybalt : Alexis James (Matthew Wolfenden, Magnus Engqvist) / Lady Montaigu (Lady Montague) : Lousie Davidson (Susie Fenwick, Tamsin Stewart) / Lady Capulet : Michele Hooper (Louise Davidson, Melanie Tate) / La Nourrice (The Nurse) : Jane Mcdonald (Melanie Tate, Susie Fenwick) / Comte Capulet (Lord Capulet) : David Bardsley (James Graeme, Chris Middlebrook) / Comte Montaigu (Lord Montague) : James Graeme (Chris Middlebrook, Lez Dwight) / Frère Laurent (Friar Lawrence) : Sévan Stephan (Hadrian Delacey, Chris Midlebrook) / Le Prince de Vérone (The Prince) : Michael Cormick (Lez Dwight, Hadrian Delacey) / Paris : Tim Walton (Magnus Engqvist, Matthew Wolfenden) / Le Poète : n'apparaît pas dans cette production / La Mort : n'apparaît pas dans cette production
Danseurs : Simon Bailey, Chloë Bell, Jo Cavanagh, David Christopher, Amy Creighton, Stuart Dawes, Zara Dawson, Hadrian Delacey, Lez Dwight, Magnus Engqvist-James, Susie Fenwick, Nic Ineson, Martin Matthias, Chris Midlebrook, Ebony Molina, Tamsin Stewart, Carly Tancredi, Melanie Tate, Gary Tushaw, Tamara Wall, Matthew Wolfenden
Commentaires : The French original - “Roméo et Juliette: de la Haine à l'Amour” - with music and lyrics by Gérard Presgurvic premiered in Paris in January 2001, and was hugely successful. It received a Flemish-language production in Belgium and then this English-language London version. There was some praise for Jane McDonald, better known as the accidental star of the BBC documentary “The Cruise”, and all agreed she turned out to be unexpectedly good and the best thing in the show. However, from there onwards, it was all downhill. Samples of the dialogue included: “Lady Montague is in a right state” and “Romeo’s dipping his wick in the old man’s daughter”. Samples of the lyrics included: “Now she’s in love and everything has changed/ Her feelings and her hair have all been re-arranged” and “Forbidden love comes at a price/But it is worth the sacrifice” Samples of the reviews included: “Witless, banal, clumsily staged, abysmally written and often buttock-clenchingly embarrassing” and “Aficionados of all-time great bad musicals had better make haste. This one is a real collector’s item”. It was unanimously accorded major disaster status, and limped on just 14 weeks. However, M. Presgurvic need not have been too depressed by his London failure. Since then, it has been translated into Hungarian, Russian, German, Spanish, Romanian and Japanese, and has been produced in a dozen different countries ranging from Canada to South Korea. It has been particularly successful in Vienna and Eastern Europe.
Presse : SHERIDAN MORLEY for TELETEXT says, "The acting goes from inadequate to terrible....Shambles"

NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Dire musical....Valient performance, but a plague on both the music and lyrics".

CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Aficionados of all-time great bad musicals had better make haste. This one is a real collector's item." He goes on to say, " It's witless, banal, clumsily staged, abysmally written and often buttock-clenchingly embarrassing."

IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "It remains faithful to Shakespeare’s basic storyline but...cannot save the story from drowning in a sea of Eurovision power ballads."

PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "An unholy mess."

LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "Bland and boring."

LISA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "A dedicated ensemble does its best to keep the show together but they are beaten down by mediocrity."