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Musique: Irving Berlin • Paroles: Irving Berlin • Livret: Allan Scott • David Taylor • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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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.
Can-Can (1988-10-Strand Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Novello Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 102 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : Wednesday 26 October 1988Dernière : Saturday 21 January 1989Mise en scène : Abe Burrows • David Taylor • Chorégraphie : Kenn Oldfield • Producteur : Avec : Donna McKechnie (La Mome Pistache), Milo O’Shea (Paul) , Bernard Alane (Aristide Forestiere), Jean-Michel Dadory (Boris), Janie Dee (Claudine)Commentaires : This was a newly scripted version by Julian More, incorporating additional songs written for other Cole Porter shows. However, in the words of Sheridan Morley “instead of an appallingly inadequate book by Abe Burrows we merely get a very disappointing one by Julian More”.
Chess (1992-01-Master Theatre-Off Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Master Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : 4 previews - 83 représentationsPremière Preview : Wednesday 29 January 1992Première : Saturday 01 February 1992Dernière : Sunday 23 February 1992Mise en scène : David Taylor • Chorégraphie : David Taylor • Producteur : Avec : Florence Vassy … Kathleen Rowe McAllen
Anatoly Sergievsky … J. Mark McVey
Freddie Trumper … Ray Walker
Svetlana Sergievsky … Jan Horvath
Alexander Molokov … Bob FrischCommentaires longs: This production was completely sung-through (as in London) and set the action in 1972, allowing a Cold War setting (the Cold War had ended in the late 1980s/early 1990s).
Dear anyone (1983-11-Cambridge Theatre-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 mois Nombre : 65 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : Tuesday 08 November 1983Dernière : Saturday 07 January 1984Mise en scène : David Taylor • Chorégraphie : Tudor Davies • Producteur : Avec : Jane Laportaire (Mercedes), Peter Blake (Danny), Stubby Kaye (Harry), Stephanie Voss (Mildred), Ian Burford, Tracie Hart, Richard Kates, Buster Skeggs
Pump Boys and dinettes (1984-09-Piccadilly Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 8 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 302 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : Tuesday 25 September 1984Dernière : Saturday 08 June 1985Mise en scène : David Taylor • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Paul Jones (Jim), Brian Protheroe (L.M.) , Gary Holton (Eddie), Julian Littman (Jackson), Kiki Dee (Rhetta), Carlene Carter (Prudie)Commentaires : The show ran on Broadway for 15 months, winning many awards and a Tony Nomination. The West End production took over from the financially disastrous “Y” at the Piccadilly, but was still presented as an “after-dinner” attraction with the stalls used for pre-show dining. It was performed in a more conventional setting when it transferred to the Albery. Cast changes during its run included Joe Brown, Clodagh Rodgers, Peter Duncan, Lyndsey de Paul, Jeremy Clyde and Chad Stuart.
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Pump Boys and dinettes (1985-06-Albery Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Noel Coward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 95 représentationsPremière Preview : Tuesday 11 June 1985Première : Tuesday 11 June 1985Dernière : Tuesday 03 September 1985Mise en scène : David Taylor • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Paul Jones (Jim), Brian Protheroe (L.M.) , Gary Holton (Eddie), Julian Littman (Jackson), Kiki Dee (Rhetta), Carlene Carter (Prudie)Commentaires : The show ran on Broadway for 15 months, winning many awards and a Tony Nomination. The West End production took over from the financially disastrous “Y” at the Piccadilly, but was still presented as an “after-dinner” attraction with the stalls used for pre-show dining. It was performed in a more conventional setting when it transferred to the Albery. Cast changes during its run included Joe Brown, Clodagh Rodgers, Peter Duncan, Lyndsey de Paul, Jeremy Clyde and Chad Stuart.
They're playing our song (1980-10-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 7 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 667 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : Wednesday 01 October 1980Dernière : Saturday 08 May 1982Mise en scène : David Taylor • Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch • Producteur : Avec : Martin Shaw (Vernon Gersch), Gemma Craven (Sonia Walsk), Thom Booker, Philip Day, Mark Jefferis (Voices of Vernon), Dawn Hope, Beverley Kay, Deena Payne (Voices of Sonia)Commentaires : Only two people appear in the show, althoug there is a chorus to reveal their innermost thoughts. It is based very closely on the real-life relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. The show is claimed to have saved the Shaftesbury Theatre by providing it with its first profitable hit since “Hair” closed in 1973.