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0001 - Roar of the Greasepaint (The) (1964)
Musique: Anthony Newley • Leslie Bricusse
Paroles: Anthony Newley • Leslie Bricusse
Livret: Anthony Newley • Leslie Bricusse
Production originale:
3 versions mentionnées
Dispo: Résumé  Commentaire  Génèse  Liste chansons  

Le titre complet est en fait: "The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd"

Genèse: With this project, Bricusse and Newley had hoped to match the success of their 1962 hit Stop the World - I Want to Get Off. The show toured the UK in anticipation of a London opening, but audience interest was minimal, and it never reached the West End. American theatre producer David Merrick saw it in Liverpool and, aware production costs could be kept low, decided to bring it to the States, starting with a lengthy national tour. An original cast recording was released by RCA Victor long before the show reached New York City, and Tony Bennett's version of "Who Can I Turn To?" proved to be a hit that kept the show in the public's awareness. The tour was so successful that most of Merrick's investment was paid back while the show was on the road. It was the 1964 UK production of the musical in which Elaine Paige made her first professional appearance on stage. After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Newley and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened on May 16 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 231 performances. The cast included Newley as Cocky, Cyril Ritchard as Sir, and newcomer Sally Smith as Kid, with Joyce Jillson in a supporting role. Conductor Herbert Grossman served as Music Director.

Résumé: Resembling a music hall production more than a book musical, the allegorical plot examines the maintenance of the status quo between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The two main characters are Sir and Cocky. Since Sir forever is changing the rules of the game of life, downtrodden young Cocky always gets the short end of the stick. Assisting Sir is his eager disciple Kid, anxious to pick up bits of wisdom while helping keep Cocky in his place.

Création: 3/8/1964 - Pre West-End Tour () - représ.

0002 - Traveling Music Show (The) (1978)
Musique: Anthony Newley • Leslie Bricusse
Paroles: Anthony Newley • Leslie Bricusse
Production originale:
1 version mentionnée
Dispo: Résumé  

The show is a series of sketches evoking street-comer rip-off artists and tawdry tourist tat, using the hit songs Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley had written for their earlier shows.


Résumé: Fred and Evie Limelight, on the tattier end of the showbiz world, decide to stage a musical about London, although they are hampered with a leading performer, Reg, who has never appeared on any stage before.

Création: 28/3/1978 - Her Majesty's Theatre (Londres) - représ.

Version 1

Roar of the Greasepaint (The) (1965-05-Shubert Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 7 previews - 231 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 11 May 1965
Première : Sunday 16 May 1965
Dernière : Saturday 04 December 1965
Mise en scène : Anthony Newley
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Producteur :
Avec : Cocky ... Anthony Newley / Sir ... Cyril Ritchard / The Kid ... Sally Smith / The Girl ... Joyce Jillson / The Negro ... Gilbert Price / The Bully ... Murray Tannenbaum
Commentaires : Tryout Dates: Shubert Theatre [Philadelphia, PA] February 1965 - ? / Shubert Theatre [New Haven, CT] 3/15/1965 - 3/20/1965 / Shubert Theatre [Boston, MA]
April 1965 - ?

Version 2

Stop the world - I want to get off (1989-10-Lyric Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Lyric Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 56 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Thursday 19 October 1989
Dernière : Saturday 25 November 1989
Mise en scène : Anthony Newley
Chorégraphie : Kenn Oldfield
Producteur :
Avec : Anthony Newley (Littlechap), Rhonda Burchmore (Evie Littlechap) Fiona Alexander, Dollie Henry, Julia Howson, Samantha Hughes, Kim Ismay, Victoria Lynson, Emma Priest, Wendy Schoeman, Martine McCutcheon, Denise Outen, Chase Marks.
Commentaires : This revival was not a success, running just five weeks, and said to have lost over £500,000.