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Musical (1959)


Musique: Richard Rodgers
Paroles: Oscar Hammerstein II
Livret: Howard Lindsay • Russel Crouse

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 2 ans 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 951 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 03 novembre 2006
Première : mercredi 15 novembre 2006
Dernière : samedi 21 février 2009
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Avec : Cast: Connie Fisher (Maria), Alexander Hanson (Captain von Trapp), Lesley Garrett (Mother Abbess), Lauren Ward (Elsa), Ian Gelder (Max Detweiler), Sophie Bould (Liesl), Neil McDermott (Rolf), John Griffiths, Claire Massie, Susie Fenwick, Margaret Preece.
Commentaires : This was a spectacular and very successful revival. The original intention was for Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson to play Maria, but when contract negotiations fell through, it was decided to cast the role of Maria through a talent search reality-TV show called “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” - presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton, with David Ian, John Barrowman and Zoe Tyler as judges. The final choice, Connie Fisher, was selected by public vote. This method of casting was much criticised within the performing industry, but Connie Fisher (after a nervous opening night) turned out to be an excellent choice (and the enormous publicity led to record advance sales.)
Early in 2007 Connie Fisher missed two weeks due to illness and her understudy, Aoife Mulholland, took over, and later played the matinees to relieve the pressure on Connie Fisher. The original von Trapp was Simon Shepherd, but after two preview performances he was withdrawn from the production, and Alexander Hanson took over the role. During its two year run later Marias included Aoife Mulholland, Summer Strallen and Gemma Baird, with Simon Burke and Simon MacCorkindale as later von Trapps. The show closed on February 21 2009, after a run of over two years.


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