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Musical (2004)

Musique: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Paroles: David Zippel
Livret: Charlotte Jones

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 28 août 2004
Première : mercredi 15 septembre 2004
Dernière : samedi 25 février 2006
Mise en scène : Trevor Nunn
Chorégraphie : Wayne McGregor
Avec : Martin Crewes (Walter Hartwright), Angela Christian (Anne Catherick), Maria Friedman (Marian Halcombe), Jill Paice (Laura Fairlie), Edward Petherbridge (Mr Fairlie), Oliver Darley (Sir Percial Glyde), Michael Crawford (Count Fosco)
Commentaires : The show opened to luke-warm reviews with much criticism of the set design - a series of projections said to be dizzying, out of focus, and out of synch with the revolve. After four months Michael Crawford collapsed (as a result of over-sweating in the fat suit he wore to play Count Fosco) and his understudy, Steve Vamom, took over for several weeks. From February to April 2005 the role of Count Fosco was then played by Michael Ball, in a radically new interpretation of the part. From April onwards Fosco was played by Anthony Andrews.
The “original” version of the show closed on July 9th, and two days later re-opened with many cast changes and a heavily re-written libretto and song-order. This “new” version previewed through the summer with the Press invited to review the show in September - at which point Simon Callow became the fifth actor to play Count Fosco. This time the critics were a little more enthusiastic and the projections and revolving effects were said to be much better. However, the show closed on February 25th 2006 after a 19 month run and its 500th performance.
Presse : MICHAEL BILLINGTON du THE GUARDIAN: "Andrew Lloyd Webber's best score in years and Trevor Nunn's visually vibrant production can disguise the fact that this show is saddled with an impossible book."
CHARLES SPENCER du THE DAILY TELEGRAPH : "A terrible disappointment.....Yes, there are moments when Lloyd Webber comes up with the big lush romantic melodies that are his forte, though these days they tend to sound alarmingly like retreads of his own earlier work."
PAUL TAYLOR du THE INDEPENDENT : " Fluent production....I suspect The Woman In White will be haunting the West End for some time to come."
NICHOLAS DE JONGH du THE EVENING STANDARD : "So old-fashioned it deserves to be stuffed and displayed in a museum for deceased musicals... I came out humming with boredom."
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE du THE TIMES: "Why...doesn’t The Woman in White leap from the stage of the smartly refurbished Palace with the panache I’d hoped?...This lady is too pale and plump for thrills."
QUENTIN LETTS du THE DAILY MAIL: "Lloyd Webber's music, never before so classical and operatic, becomes hypnotic and slowly unveils its melodies. You have to work for it but it's worth it."
SARAH HEMMING du THE FINANCIAL TIMES : "There are not many take-home tunes and David Zippel's lyrics are often bland. Still, as a gorgeous-looking piece of daft escapism, it works a treat."
PETER HEPPLE du THE STAGE : "Lloyd Webber can still write a good tune but it invariably echoes some of those he has written previously."
JANE EDWARDES du TIME OUT : "For all its good points, I fear there is no enough here to add up to a hit."