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Musical (1998)

Music: Steve Brown Book & Lyrics: Steven Brown & Justin Greene

Résumé: In 1961, Viv Nicolson, a Yorkshire housewife, won £152,319 in the football pools. When a reporter asked her what she planned to do with her new fortune, she replied, "I'm going to spend, spend, spend!" which is exactly what she did. The story is told in flashback, beginning with Viv Nicholson in the hairdressing salon in Castleford, where she still works. She tells of her younger self, her relationship with her Dad, George, and a rags-to-riches-to-rags-again story that takes her through five husbands, the most important of whom was Keith, killed in a road accident. The story continues with expensive cars, including a pink Chevrolet, fur coats, jewels, a battle with alcohol, Inland Revenue officials gathering like vultures, and consequent bankruptcy.
Finally, unable to cope with the rapidly disappearing wealth and fame, she eventually spirals downward.

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 342 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 05 octobre 1999
Première : mardi 12 octobre 1999
Dernière : samedi 05 août 2000
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Craig Revel Horwood
Avec : Barbara Dickson (Viv Nicholson), Rachel Leskovac (Young Viv), Steve Houghton (Keith), Jeff Shankley (George), Jonathan Bum, Tania Caridia, Susan Fay, Kate Harbour, Marjorie Keys, Gary Milner, Craig Nicholls, Stuart Nurse, Stuart Pendred, Robin Samson, Jeff Shankley, Nicola Sloane, Duncan Smith, Jamie Somers, Mary Stockley , Paul Thomloy.
Commentaires : The musical had its first performance in 1998 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The London production opened in October and ran until August in the following year. It won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards as Best Musical, and Barbara Dickson won the Olivier Award for the Best Actress in a Musical. It ended on August 5th 2000 - a run of over nine months.
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Best new British musical in years" and goes on to say "Spend Spend Spend is popular entertainment at its best, devoid of the cynical contrivance of so many musicals and blessed with heart, humour and irresistible humanity."

BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE of THE TIMES says the show has "splendidly lively songs" and "excellent lyrics".

IAN SHUTTLEWORTH of THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "It is the most glorious new musical I can ever recall seeing." He goes on to say "Spend Spend Spend fully deserves to join Blood Brothers as a working-class "up yours" fixture among West End musicals...."

However, NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD was luke warm about the show saying, "Unfortunately this musical lacks a sharp book of lyrics, though there's some rollicking fun on the journey."