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Musical (1996)

Musique: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Paroles: Jim Steinman
Livret: Gale Edwards • Patrica Knop

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Aldwych Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 ans 6 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 1044 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 22 juin 1998
Première : mercredi 01 juillet 1998
Dernière : samedi 06 janvier 2001
Mise en scène : Gale Edwards
Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast
Avec : Marcus Lovett (The Man), Lottie Mayor (Swallow), Ashley Andrews/Danielle Calvert (Brat), Dean Clish/Ricki Cuttell (Poor Baby), Dean Collinson (Amos), Veronica Hart (Candy), Christopher Howard (Snake Preacher), John Turner (Sheriff), Reg Eppey (Minister), Nicolas Colicos (Darryl), James Graeme (Boone)
Et aussi: Jerome Pradon (The Man), Laura-Michelle Kelly (Swallow)
Commentaires : The show has been extensively revised since its tryout in Washington last year. A reworked, and more successful, West End production opened at the Aldwych Theatre on July 1, 1998, starring Marcus Lovett as The Man and Lottie Mayor as Swallow, running for 1044 performances and closing in January 2001. This production was darker than the Washington, D.C. production, and was revised and directed by Gale Edwards, a director who had previously collaborated with Lloyd Webber on an updated production of Jesus Christ Superstar. More than half of the crew also came from Superstar to Whistle.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH of the EVENING STANDARD was scathing saying that Lloyd Webber's musical is "so ludicrous in outline, so unmemorable in song that his admirers may tune out and turn on to something more contemporary."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON of THE GUARDIAN says, "The result, I fear, is so much piffle down the wind."

DAVID BENEDICT of THE INDEPENDENT was not impressed either saying, " The major problem is its failure of tone."

However, the DAILY MAIL says, "It's very, very good".

ROBERT GORE-LANGSTON of THE DAILY EXPRESS says " I found myself both moved and beguiled, damn it. Lloyd Webber has at last come up with a hit for those who don't quite get the point of him."

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says "This revised version is one of the most heartfelt and touching shows Lloyd Webber has written."