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0001 - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (2018)
Musique: Donna Summer
Paroles: Donna Summer
Livret: Colman Domingo • Des McAnuff
Production originale:
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She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

Genèse: The La Jolla Playhouse presented the musical in a limited engagement from November 7 until December 24, 2017. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 28, 2018 (previews), prior to an April 23, 2018 opening. The musical is directed by Des McAnuff, with scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis, and sound by Gareth Owen. The musical is scheduled to close on Broadway on December 30, 2018 after 289 performances. A tour in North America is planned, starting in September 2019.

Résumé: Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby”, “Bad Girls”, and “Hot Stuff”, this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

Création: 23/4/2018 - Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway) - représ.


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Ain't Too Proud (2019-03-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : Se joue actuellement
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 28 February 2019
Première : Thursday 21 March 2019
Dernière : Open end, ouvert actuellement jusqu'au Thu 01 January 1970
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Avec : Derrick Baskin (as Otis Williams), James Harkness (as Paul Williams), Jawan M. Jackson (as Melvin Franklin), Jeremy Pope (as Eddie Kendricks), and Ephraim Sykes (as David Ruffin), with Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods

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Big River (1985-04-Eugene O'Neill Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 4 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 1005 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 05 April 1985
Première : Thursday 25 April 1985
Dernière : Sunday 20 September 1987
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Janet Watson
Producteur :

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Chess (1990-01-US Tour)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 4 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Tuesday 09 January 1990
Dernière : Sunday 13 May 1990
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Peter Anastos
Producteur :
Avec : Florence Vassy … Carolee Carmello
Freddie Trumper … Stephen Bogardus
Anatoly Sergievsky … John Herrera
Svetlana Sergievsky … Barbara Walsh
Walter … Gregory Jbara
Molokov … David Hurst
The Arbiter … Ken Ard
Commentaires longs: The book for this production reverted more toward the London production, removing much of Richard Nelson's Broadway script.

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Doctor Zhivago (2015-04-Broadway Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Broadway Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre : 26 previews - 23 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 27 March 2015
Première : Tuesday 21 April 2015
Dernière : Sunday 10 May 2015
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Producteur :
Avec : Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago), Kelli Barrett (Lara Guishar), Tom Hewitt (Viktor Komarovsky), Paul Nolan (Pasha Antipov), and Lora Lee Gayer (Tonia Gromeko)
Presse : "The verdict: Um, is it over yet?" Charles Isherwood for New York Times

"Broadway's 'Doctor Zhivago' is an epic miss." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

"The only problem is that the creators of this new musical forgot to include such minor details as compelling characters, thrilling drama or, you know, an inspiring score. At a time of heightened competition on Broadway, 'Doctor Zhivago' is so dull, it may soon be Zhiva-gone." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

"Des McAnuff’s staging looks expensive but ugly, with cheesy video close‑ups of actors, giant Soviet propaganda posters, eruptions of fire and the occasional explosion or gunshot to wake us up. To Siberia with it." David Cote for Time Out New York

"The folks behind the new Broadway musical 'Doctor Zhivago' promise it is 'sure to steal your heart.' They apparently hope to do so by bludgeoning you into unconsciousness and then cutting you open with a scimitar." Mark Kennedy for The Associated Press

"The show dutifully features all the major characters and dramatic moments familiar from the book and film, but in a breathlessly paced, mechanical style that never manages to engage the heart or mind." Frank Scheck for The Hollywood Reporter

"It seems to drag on for ages." Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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Dracula (Wildhorn) (2001-10-La Jolla Playhouse-San Diego)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Saturday 13 October 2001
Première : Sunday 21 October 2001
Dernière : Sunday 25 November 2001
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :

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Dracula (Wildhorn) (2004-08-Belasco Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Belasco Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 157 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 30 July 2004
Première : Thursday 19 August 2004
Dernière : Sunday 02 January 2005
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Mindy Cooper
Producteur :

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Guys and dolls (2009-03-Nerderlander Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Nederlander Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 28 previews - 121 représentations
Première Preview : Thursday 05 February 2009
Première : Sunday 01 March 2009
Dernière : Sunday 14 June 2009
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: A 2009 Broadway revival of the show opened on March 1, 2009 at the Nederlander Theatre. The cast starred Oliver Platt as Nathan Detroit, Lauren Graham, in her Broadway debut, as Adelaide, Craig Bierko as Sky and Kate Jennings Grant as Sarah. Des McAnuff was the director, and the choreographer was Sergio Trujillo.
Presse : The show opened to generally negative reviews. The New York Times called it "static" and "uninspired", the New York Post said, "How can something so zippy be so tedious?" and Time Out New York wrote, "Few things are more enervating than watching good material deflate." However, the show received a highly favorable review from The New Yorker, and the producers decided to keep the show open in hopes of positive audience response. The New York Post reported on March 4 that producer Howard Panter "[said] he'll give Guys and Dolls at least seven weeks to find an audience."

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How to Succeed ... (1995-03-Richard Rodgers Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Richard Rodgers Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 16 previews - 548 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 10 March 1995
Première : Thursday 23 March 1995
Dernière : Sunday 14 July 1996
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Wayne Cilento
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: A Broadway revival opened at the original theatre, now re-named Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 23, 1995 and closed on July 14, 1996 after 548 performances. It was directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Matthew Broderick starred as Finch, and Rosemary was played by Megan Mullally. In a pre-recorded performance, Walter Cronkite was the Book Voice. One of the later replacements for Mullally was Broderick's future wife, Sarah Jessica Parker. The wardrobe was designed by Susan Hilferty and is on display at the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach, Florida.
A national tour of "How To Succeed" ran beginning in Baltimore in May 1996 and ended in Milwaukee in June of 1997. Other stops included Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle. The national tour cast featured Ralph Macchio as J. Pierrepont Finch, Shauna Hicks (Rosemary Pilkington), Richard Thomsen (J.B. Biggley), Pamela Blair (Hedy LaRue), and Roger Bart (Bud Frump). Both Machhio and the prodcution played to favorable reviews.

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Jersey Boys (2005-11-August Wilson Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 11 ans 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 38 previews -
Première Preview : Tuesday 04 October 2005
Première : Sunday 06 November 2005
Dernière : Sunday 15 January 2017
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Avec : J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi), Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Peter Gregus (Bob Crewe), Mark Lotito (Gyp DeCarlo), Donnie Kehr (Norm Waxman), Jennifer Naimo (Mary Delgado), Tituss Burgess (Hal Miller), Erica Piccininni (Lorraine), Michael Longoria (Joey), Steve Gouveia (Hank Majewski), Sara Schmidt (Francine)
Presse : BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says “The real thrill, at least for those who want something more than recycled chart toppers and a story line poured from a can, is that Mr. Young (Frankie Valli) has crossed the line from exact impersonation into something more compelling. ”
HOWARD KISSEL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "There's no point in beating around the bush — I had a great time."
CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "It's a show still dynamically alive in music while, as a drama, it catches the very texture, almost the actual smell, of its time. "
CHRIS JONES of CHICAGO TRIBUNE says "They'd better start digging more tunnels from New Jersey, because when word gets out on this thing, every Garden State wiseguy is going to be calling for a limo and adding to the traffic clog."
MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "Love classic rock 'n' roll? Enjoy juicy behind-the-scenes true stories? Then without a doubt -- and especially for Baby Boomers -- "Jersey Boys" is a hot new Broadway show for you."
JACQUES LE SOURD of the JOURNAL NEWS says "The book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice is a little long on narration, and you may find your eyes glazing over until the point, two-thirds of the way through the first act, when the boys break into television with an appearance on "American Bandstand." From that point on, though, you snap awake and happily ride the wave."
MICHAEL FEINGOLD of the VILLAGE VOICE says "For a new musical, Jersey Boys seems amazingly like a rerun."
ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "Flawed but unexpectedly winning homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons"
MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS says "Shows there still is theatrical life in mining pop hits from the past."
FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Director Des McAnuff has delivered a fast-paced production that flows in cinematic fashion, thankfully avoiding the bombast that afflicts so many similarly themed musicals."

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Jersey Boys (2006-12-US Tour-US)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Friday 01 December 2006
Dernière : Sunday 21 June 2009
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :

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Jersey Boys (2008-02-London Run)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: London Run (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 ans 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 28 February 2008
Première : Tuesday 18 March 2008
Dernière : Sunday 26 March 2017
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Avec : Ryan Molloy ( Frankie Valli ), Stephen Ashfield (Bob Gaudio), Philip Bulcock (Nick Massi), Glenn Carter ( Tommy de Vito ), Simon Adkins (Bob Crewe), Suzy Bastone (Mary Delgado), Jye Frasca (Joe Pesci), Michelle Francis, Tee Jaye, Tom Lorcan.
Commentaires : This turned out to be much more than a jukebox musical, and was superbly directed as a kind of show-business documentary saga moving across the decades and also providing concert-style performance interludes of some of the best-loved songs of the era. It opened on Broadway in November 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London production was re-created by the New York team, and won an Olivier as the Best New Musical of 2008.
18/3/2008 - 9/3/2014: Pricne Edward - London
12/3/2014 - 26/3/2017 : Piccadilly Theatre - London
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Slickly animated production." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Keeps us waiting through about 40 minutes of bewilderingly detailed background about the genesis of the group before treating us to an elating blast of 'Sherry', their first big hit...The book by Woody Allen collaborator, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice has a terse, savvy wit." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It has a quality you rarely find in musicals - gritty honesty - as well as the best collection of pop hits since Mamma Mia!...Jersey Boys superbly captures the thrills and tensions of four testosterone-charged young men discovering fame and fortune after years of dogged failure." PAUL VALE for THE STAGE says, "This piece remains very much a jukebox musical." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It has the character, the narrative interest and the sense of place – as the backcloth indicates, the industrial badlands west of the Hudson River – to rise way above its genre." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "A pleasant, forgettable night out; no more, no less."

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Jersey Boys (2008-02-London Run-Prince Edward Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Prince Edward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 5 ans 11 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 28 February 2008
Première : Tuesday 18 March 2008
Dernière : Sunday 09 March 2014
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Avec : Ryan Molloy ( Frankie Valli ), Stephen Ashfield (Bob Gaudio), Philip Bulcock (Nick Massi), Glenn Carter ( Tommy de Vito ), Simon Adkins (Bob Crewe), Suzy Bastone (Mary Delgado), Jye Frasca (Joe Pesci), Michelle Francis, Tee Jaye, Tom Lorcan.
Commentaires : This turned out to be much more than a jukebox musical, and was superbly directed as a kind of show-business documentary saga moving across the decades and also providing concert-style performance interludes of some of the best-loved songs of the era. It opened on Broadway in November 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London production was re-created by the New York team, and won an Olivier as the Best New Musical of 2008.
18/3/2008 - 9/3/2014: Pricne Edward - London
12/3/2014 - 26/3/2017 : Piccadilly Theatre - London
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Slickly animated production." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Keeps us waiting through about 40 minutes of bewilderingly detailed background about the genesis of the group before treating us to an elating blast of 'Sherry', their first big hit...The book by Woody Allen collaborator, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice has a terse, savvy wit." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It has a quality you rarely find in musicals - gritty honesty - as well as the best collection of pop hits since Mamma Mia!...Jersey Boys superbly captures the thrills and tensions of four testosterone-charged young men discovering fame and fortune after years of dogged failure." PAUL VALE for THE STAGE says, "This piece remains very much a jukebox musical." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It has the character, the narrative interest and the sense of place – as the backcloth indicates, the industrial badlands west of the Hudson River – to rise way above its genre." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "A pleasant, forgettable night out; no more, no less."

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Jersey Boys (2008-04-Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino-Las Vegas)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino (Las Vegas - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 04 April 2008
Première : Saturday 03 May 2008
Dernière : Thursday 01 January 1970
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :

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Jersey Boys (2013-09-Beatrix Theater-Utrecht)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Beatrix Theater (Utrecht - Pays-Bas)
Durée : 10 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Sunday 22 September 2013
Première : Sunday 22 September 2013
Dernière : Sunday 27 July 2014
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Frankie Valli: Tim Driesen, Maarten Smeele (alternate), Martijn Vogel (understudy), Jurre Geluk (understudy) / Tommy DeVito: René van Kooten, Stefan de Kogel (understudy), Roman van der Werff (understudy) / Bob Gaudio: Dieter Spileers, Stephan Mooijman (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Nick Massi: Robbert van den Bergh, Mathijs Pater (understudy), Rick McDonald (understudy) / Gyp DeCarlo: Hugo Haenen, Rick McDonald (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Bob Crewe: Barry Beijer, Mathijs Pater (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Joe Pesci: Martijn Vogel / Hank Majewski: Stephan Mooijman / Norm Waxman: Mathijs Pater / Barry Belson: Omri Tindalc / Knuckles: Stefan de Kogel / Lorraine: Willemijn de Vries / Mary Delgado: Lysanne van der Sijs / Francine: Myrthe Maljers / Ensemble: Martijn Vogel, Stephan Mooijman, Mathijs Pater (Dance Captain), Omri Tindalc, Stefan de Kogel, Willemijn de Vries, Lysanne van der Sijs, Myrthe Maljers / Swing: Marjolein van Haren, Marleen de Vries, Jurre Geluk, Kelvin Wormgoor, Roman van der Werff

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Jersey Boys (2014-03-London Run-Piccadilly Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 ans 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 14 March 2014
Première : Friday 14 March 2014
Dernière : Sunday 26 March 2017
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Commentaires : This turned out to be much more than a jukebox musical, and was superbly directed as a kind of show-business documentary saga moving across the decades and also providing concert-style performance interludes of some of the best-loved songs of the era. It opened on Broadway in November 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London production was re-created by the New York team, and won an Olivier as the Best New Musical of 2008.
18/3/2008 - 9/3/2014: Pricne Edward - London
14/3/2014 - 26/3/2017: Piccadilly Theatre - London

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (2018-04-Lunt-Fontanne Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 8 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 27 previews -
Première Preview : Wednesday 28 March 2018
Première : Monday 23 April 2018
Dernière : Sunday 30 December 2018
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Producteur :
Avec :
LaChanze (as Diva Donna), Ariana DeBose (as Disco Donna), Storm Lever (as Duckling Donna), Aaron Krohn (as Neil), Ken Robinson (as Andrew Gaines), and Jared Zirilli (as Bruce Sudano)
Commentaires : With songs from the back-catalogue of the five-time Grammy Award-winner, Summer tells the story of Donna Summer, who, after selling 140 million records worldwide, was one of the best-selling artists of all time. She was known as the Queen of Disco and for her hits such as “Love to Love You Baby,” "I Feel Love," “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” "She Works Hard for the Money," "Last Dance," and “MacArthur Park,” among many others, but this crowd-pleasing bio-musical allows a deeply personal insight into the woman behind the dancefloor fillers.

From childhood molestation to domestic abuse to corporate exploitation, Ms. Summer never had an easy road to stardom thanks to many of the men in her life, but Summer explores the ways she, as a woman in a male-dominated industry, took control of her own career and her own destiny. Her story is narrated by three actresses in the title role (Tony Award winner LaChanze as 'Diva Donna,' Ariana DeBose as 'Disco Donna' and Storm Lever as 'Duckling Donna') who represent Donna at various points in her lifetime and who also effortlessly slip into other roles such as Donna's mother or daughter. They break the fourth wall and create an easy rapport with the audience, as she confides in us her secrets and secret longings. And there doesn't seem to be any topic off limits, even addressing her leaving her first child to pursue her career and an unfortunate homophobic slur that caused a well-documented backlash against her.

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Tommy (1993-04-St. James Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: St. James Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 27 previews - 899 représentations
Première Preview : Monday 29 March 1993
Première : Thursday 22 April 1993
Dernière : Saturday 17 June 1995
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Wayne Cilento
Producteur :
Avec : Tommy ... Michael Cerveris / Mrs. Walker ... Marcia Mitzman / Captain Walker ... Jonathan Dokuchitz / Cousin Kevin ... Anthony Barrile / The Gypsy ... Cheryl Freeman / Uncle Ernie ... Paul Kandel / Tommy (age 10) ... Buddy Smith / Tommy (age 4) ... Crysta Macalush, Carly Jane Steinborn / Ensemble/Other Roles ... Michael Arnold

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Tommy (1996-03-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 11 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 391 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 20 February 1996
Première : Tuesday 05 March 1996
Dernière : Saturday 08 February 1997
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Wayne Cilento
Producteur :
Avec : Paul Keating (Tommy), Kim Wilde (Mrs Walker), Alistair Robins (Captain Walker) , Nicola Hughes (Acid Queen), Hal Fowler (Cousin Kevin), Megan Bertie (Nurse), John Partridge (Lover), Ian Bartholomew (Uncle Ernie), Steve Devereaux, James Gillan.
Commentaires : This was a completely re-written version, with many changes from the version that ran for just three months in the West End in 1979. The writer-director, Des McAnuff, had softened the story of the young boy who loses all his senses when , at the age of four, he witnesses his father killing his mother’s lover. Unable to communicate, abused by his family and the town louts, he somehow becomes a pinball wizard. Eventually he recovers his senses and develops into a messianic superstar. At the end of the show he returns to the bosom of his family. The production was notable for many stunning stage and lighting effects.

Die-hard Who fans complained that this version removed all the passion, fire and rage of the original, written at the time of Woodstock and the Vietnam War, when the only solution to the ills of society was to drop out. However, this version had opened to ecstatic reviews on Broadway in 1993 and ran for 899 performances . This spectacular London revival received very mixed notices, although there were rave notices for newcomer Paul Keating in the title role. It came off after just under a year, with a considerable financial loss - but shortly after it closed it won three Olivier Awards (Outstanding Musical, Best Director and Best Lighting).