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0001 - Swing Time (1936)
Musique: Jerome Kern
Paroles: Dorothy Fields
Livret: Allan Scott • Howard Lindsay
Production originale:
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Le film préféré de Ginger Rogers avec Fred Astaire. Il s'agit du sixième - sur dix - partenariat de danse entre Fred Astaire et Ginger Rogers.


Résumé: Pour protéger sa carrière de danseur, les amis de John « Lucky » Garnett (Fred Astaire) l'empèchent de se marier avec Margaret Watson (Betty Furness) en lui volant son pantalon. Arrivé à son mariage après que les invités sont rentrés chez eux, il parvient à se réconcilier avec son futur beau-père, le juge Watson (Landers Stevens), à condition qu'il aille à New York faire fortune et ne revienne qu'avec 25 000 $. Accompagné de Edwin « Pop » Cardetti (Victor Moore), il se rend donc à New York, sans un sou en poche (il avait parié qu'il parviendrait à se marier). Il fait la rencontre de Penelope « Penny » Carroll (Ginger Rogers), qui enseigne la danse. Pour la conquérir, il joue et gagne jusqu'au moment où il approche de la somme fatidique…

Création: 4/9/1936 - *** Film (***) - représ.

0002 - Shall We Dance (1937)
Musique: George Gershwin
Paroles: Ira Gershwin
Livret: Allan Scott • Ernest Pagano
Production originale:
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Shall We Dance, released in 1937, is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. The idea for the film originated in the studio's desire to exploit the successful formula created by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart with their 1936 Broadway hit On Your Toes. The musical featured an American dancer getting involved with a touring Russian ballet company. In a major coup for RKO, Pandro Berman managed to attract the Gershwins – George Gershwin who wrote the symphonic underscore and Ira Gershwin the lyrics – to score this, their second Hollywood musical after Delicious in 1931.

Genèse: Production While the film – the cou­ple's most ex­pen­sive to date – ben­e­fits from qual­ity com­edy spe­cial­ists, op­u­lent art di­rec­tion by Car­roll Clark under Van Nest Pol­glase's su­per­vi­sion, and a time­less score which in­tro­duces three clas­sic Gersh­win songs, the con­vo­luted plot and the cu­ri­ous ab­sence of a ro­man­tic part­nered duet for As­taire and Rogers – a hall­mark of their mu­si­cals since The Gay Di­vorcee (1934) – con­tributed to their least prof­itable pic­ture to date. As­taire was no stranger to the Gersh­wins, hav­ing head­lined, with his sis­ter Adele, two Gersh­win Broad­way shows: Lady Be Good! in 1924 and Funny Face in 1927. George Gersh­win also ac­com­pa­nied the pair on piano in a set of record­ings in 1926. Rogers first came to Hol­ly­wood's at­ten­tion when she ap­peared in the Gersh­wins' 1930 stage mu­si­cal Girl Crazy. Shall We Dance was named at the sug­ges­tion of Vin­cente Min­nelli, who was a friend of the Gersh­wins. Min­nelli orig­i­nally sug­gested "Shall We Dance?" with a ques­tion mark, which dis­ap­peared at some point. Reception Shall We Dance earned $1,275,000 in the US and Canada and $893,000 else­where, re­sult­ing in a profit of $413,000, less than half the pre­vi­ous As­taire-Rogers film. It was nei­ther a box of­fice nor a crit­i­cal suc­cess, and was taken as an in­di­ca­tion that the As­taire-Rogers pair­ing was slip­ping in its au­di­ence appeal.

Résumé: Peter P. Peters (Fred Astaire), an American ballet dancer billed as "Petrov", dances for a ballet company in Paris owned by the bumbling Jeffrey Baird (Edward Everett Horton). Peters secretly wants to blend classical ballet with modern jazz dancing, and when he sees a photo of famous tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers), he falls in love with her. He contrives to meet her, but she is less than impressed. They meet again on an ocean liner traveling back to New York, and Linda warms to Petrov. Unknown to them, a plot is launched as a publicity stunt "proving" that they are actually married. Outraged, Linda becomes engaged to the bumbling Jim Montgomery (William Brisbane), much to the chagrin of both Peters and Arthur Miller (Jerome Cowan), her manager, who secretly launches more fake publicity. Peters and Keene, unable to squelch the rumor, decide to actually marry and then immediately get divorced. Linda begins to fall in love with her husband, but then discovers him with another woman, Lady Denise Tarrington (Ketti Gallian), and leaves before he can explain. Later, when she comes to his new show to personally serve him divorce papers, she sees him dancing with dozens of women, all wearing masks with her face on them: Peters has decided that if he cannot dance with Linda, he will dance with images of Linda. Seeing that he truly loves her, she happily joins him onstage.

Création: 7/5/1937 - *** Film (***) - représ.

0003 - Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2006)
Musique: *** Divers
Paroles: *** Divers
Livret: Allan Scott • Stephan Elliott
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Genèse: Original production (2006–08)Priscilla, Queen of the Desert premiered on 7 October 2006 at the Lyric Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia and ended its run on 2 September 2007. Directed by Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Simon Phillips, it starred Tony Sheldon as Bernadette, Jeremy Stanford as Tick (Mitzi) and Daniel Scott as Adam (Felicia) with Michael Caton as Bob. The Sydney production transferred to the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, beginning previews on 28 September 2007 before opening on 6 October 2007. The show closed on 27 April 2008 to make way for the Australian premiere of Wicked. The Melbourne production transferred to Auckland in New Zealand for a limited run, opening on 28 May 2008 and closed on 6 July 2008. The musical returned to the Star City Hotel and Casino in Sydney on 7 October 2008 for the second anniversary of the show's premiere and closed on 21 December 2008. The show starred original cast members Sheldon and Scott, alongside Todd McKenney as Tick and Bill Hunter as Bob. London (2009–11) A West End production started previews on 10 March 2009 at the Palace Theatre with the opening press night on 23 March. It is co-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and directed by Simon Phillips with musical arrangements by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy, choreography by Ross Coleman, costume designs by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, production designs by Brian Thomson, and lighting by Nick Schlieper. The original cast included Jason Donovan as Mitzi (aka "Tick"), Tony Sheldon as Bernadette, and Oliver Thornton as Adam (Felicia). Notable replacements include Ben Richards as Tick (Mitzi), Don Gallagher as Bernadette and Ray Meagher as Bob. The London production closed on 31 December 2011. Toronto (2010–11) The musical opened on 12 October 2010 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto as a Pre-Broadway tryout. The musical featured all the of the Broadway cast with a new production team. It received largely positive reviews and strong ticket sales. The musical played for 12 weeks, a month longer than originally planned, closing on 2 January 2011. Several modifications were made to the production. Broadway (2011–12) The musical opened on Broadway on 20 March 2011 at the Palace Theatre with previews beginning 28 February 2011. Priscilla, however, made its North American debut at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a limited 12-week pre-Broadway tryout; the last performance was on 2 January 2011. The original Broadway cast includes Will Swenson as Tick (Mitzi), Tony Sheldon, again, reprising his role of Bernadette, and Nick Adams as Adam (Felicia).[8] Choreography is by Ross Coleman, set design by Brian Thomson, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and costume designs by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. Producers include Bette Midler, who joined the production team after seeing the London production; Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions; Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films; Allan Scott Productions; David Mirvish; Roy Furman; Terry Allen Kramer; James L. Nederlander; and Terri and Timothy Childs. The Broadway cast album was recorded in late January 2011 on Rhino Records for release on 15 March 2011. The production released video footage from their North American premiere on Tuesday, 15 February. The Broadway production closed on 24 June 2012 after 23 previews and 526 performances.

Résumé: Anthony "Tick" Belrose, a.k.a. Mitzi Del Bra, a drag queen, accepts an offer to perform at a casino in Alice Springs, a remote town in central Australia. After persuading his friends and fellow performers, Bernadette Bassenger – a recently bereaved transsexual woman – and Adam Whitely, a.k.a. Felicia Jollygoodfellow – an irritatingly flamboyant and obnoxious drag queen – to join him, the three set out for Alice Springs in a large tour bus which Adam/Felicia christens "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Guy Pearce plays Adam/Felicia, Terence Stamp plays Bernadette and Hugo Weaving plays Tick/Mitzi. They encounter on the way the less accepting attitudes of rural Australia, sexual violence, and the problems of vehicle breakdowns. The troupe eventually arrives at their destination with costumes and dance routines prepared. Before they arrive, Tick reveals that he is married, and that the trip is a favour for his wife, who runs the casino where they will be performing. Upon arriving, they learn that Tick and his wife also have a young son.

Création: 7/10/2006 - Sydney Lyric (Sydney) - représ.

0004 - Top Hat (2011)
Musique: Irving Berlin
Paroles: Irving Berlin
Livret: Allan Scott • David Taylor
Production originale:
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Dispo: Génèse  Liste chansons  

Genèse: The musical is based on the 1935 film of the same name, with music by Irving Berlin. It took the shows producer Kenny Wax sixteen months to get the rights from Irving Berlin's estate to transform the movie into a stage musical. A first read through of the adapted script was held at Sadler's Wells in November 2010, and it was performed for the first time seventy six years after the original film. The show features fourteen songs by Berlin, six more songs than the original production. Featuring a cast of thirty one, the production was adapted from the original screenplay by Matthew White and Howard Jacques. The show is directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Bill Deamer, set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Jon Morrell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations by Chris Walker, and musical supervision by Richard Balcombe. Producers for the original tour and West End production originally approached Anton du Beke to play the male lead of Jerry Travers before appointing Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers to play the role originated by Fred Astaire. During the competition Chambers was compared to Astaire and was described as a hero of Chambers. Astaire's daughter was in the audience for the shows opening night in London, and described Chambers as "wonderful" going on to say "There will always be comparisons, but what this show has done is bring a version to the world to see for the future". Two of Irving Berlin's daughters described the show as "a beautiful production" and that "it could definitely give new life to these songs and to Top Hat for a younger generation" Production history The show received its world premiere on 16 August 2011, at the Milton Keynes Theatre at the start of a 17 week UK tour, stopping in Birmingham, Southampton, Salford, Plymouth, Norwich, Canterbury, Edinburgh and Leeds. The original cast included Summer Strallen as Dale Tremont, Tom Chambers as Jerry Tavers, Martin Ball as Horace, Vivien Parry as Madge Hardwick, Ricardo Alfonso as Alberto Beddini and Stephen Boswell as Bates. An additional pre-West End tour took place in the spring of 2012, playing at the New Victoria Theatre Woking, 13–17 March 2012 and the Bristol Hippodrome, 21 – 31 March. The production then transferred to the West End's Aldwych Theatre on 19 April 2012, with the opening night on 9 May and had an initial booking period until the end of January 2013. Actress Charlotte Gooch took over the role of Dale Tremont in November 2012 and on 5 February 2013, Gavin Lee took over the role of Jerry, Broadway star Kristen Beth Williams took over as Dale, Clive Hayward as Horace and Alex Gaumond as Alberto. One final cast change took place following Alex Gaumond leaving to become Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical, Russell-Leighton Dixon previously understudy of the role took over as Alberto. Despite initially extending the show's run until April 2014, the production will close on 26 October 2013, with plans to launch a new UK tour for the 2014-15 theatre season.


Création: 16/8/2011 - Milton Keynes Theatre (Milton Keynes) - représ.