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Musical (1995)

Musique: Jerry Leiber • Mike Stoller
Paroles: Jerry Leiber • Mike Stoller
Livret: *** Revue

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée : 4 ans 10 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 25 previews - 2036 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 09 février 1995
Première : jeudi 02 mars 1995
Dernière : dimanche 16 janvier 2000
Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks
Chorégraphie : Joey McKneely
Avec : Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, Victor Trent Cook, B. J. Crosby, Pattie Darcy Jones, DeLee Lively, Frederick B. Owens, Michael Park, Louis St. Louis
Presse : The theatre critic for the magazine Variety, in reviewing the Los Angeles tryout, noted that "the songwriters, director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Joey McKneely don't do enough packaging of the material, don't go far enough taking songs first heard on transistor radios and re-imagining them for the stage...There are a couple of halfhearted attempts at structure. The show opens and closes with the 1974 obscurity "Neighborhood," which suggests this will be a scrapbook of memories."
Ben Brantley, the theatre critic for The New York Times wrote that the revue "is a strangely homogenized tribute to one of popular music's most protean songwriting teams...There has obviously been a decision not to go for literal period nostalgia, so the songs are freed from their distinctive original contexts...Too often, though, the performers are simply singing into space without any ostensible reason for being there."
The theatre critic for The Guardian (London), noted that the London cast consists of "acting singers rather than singing actors, which suits a show where there's almost no acting to be done. Whew - no pesky plot development or subtexts, just a glut of glowing pop tunes...There's no attempt at chronology, or even biography."
According to the theatre critic for the Washington Post, Peter Marks, the revue "never quite attained smash-hit status", but it made popular the musical fashioned on the existing work of "pop composers already beloved by baby boomers."