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Musique: Frank Wildhorn • Paroles: Gregory Boyd • Livret: Gregory Boyd • Production originale: 0 version mentionnée
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Résumé: Le personnage, dont le musical tire son titre, Svengali, est un professeur de chant sans ressources et rusé qui voyage avec son assistant fidèle, Gecko. Svengali s'empare de Trilby et utilise ses pouvoirs hypnotiques pour la transformer en une chanteuse incomparable. La nouvelle Trilby devient une chanteuse célèbre, mais n'a aucun souvenir de sa vie antérieure. Lorsque le songe commence à disparaître, Trilby se rappelle peu à peu son passé et essaie de se libérer de Svengali pour revenir au Petit Billie.
Création: /4/1991 - Alley Theatre (Houston) - représ.
Musique: Frank Wildhorn • Paroles: Frank Wildhorn • Gregory Boyd • Livret: Jack Murphy • Production originale: 7 versions mentionnées
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"Lorsque l’homme s’habitue à voir les autres porter les chaînes de l’esclavage, c’est qu’il accepte lui-même un jour de les porter." Abraham Lincoln
Genèse: The project for THE CIVIL WAR began in 1995. Frank Wildhorn and Gregory Boyd had just put together the national tour of JEKYLL & HYDE. The Alley Theatre, which premiered the show before it's Broadway run, was preparing to celebrate it's 50th Anniversary. The team wanted to create a new piece to commemorate. Jack Murphy signed on to collaborate and the unusual structure of THE CIVIL WAR was born. With this new project, the team wanted to create an untraditonal 'thematic' musical event with a distinctively American voice and with an emphasis on traditional story-telling. THE CIVIL WAR is a musical event borrowing techniques from rock music, concert performance, oratorios and song-cycles. It wasn't structured with conventional narrative, but rather as an emotional landscape grounded in universal feelings as expressed by the people who lived this extraordinary event. The writers were inspired by the words of Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. They were also inspired by the life (as documented through letters, photographs, and journals) of the real Hannah Ropes, Mary Chestnut, 2nd Virginia Infantryman Henry Kyd Douglas, and Henry H. Pearson of the 6th New Hampshire company. A studio cast album was released in 1999 by Atlantic Records, and included Linda Eder, Maya Angelou, James Garner, Hootie & the Blowfish, Travis Tritt, Dr. John, and Betty Buckley. The musical had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas, on September 16, 1998, where co-author Boyd is the Artistic Director. The production was supervised by Gregory Boyd, with musical staging by George Faison and staging by Nick Corley. The cast featured Linda Eder (Hanna Hopes), Beth Leavel (Mrs. Lydia Bixby/Violet), Jesse Lenat (Autolycus Fell), Capathia Jenkins (Hope Jackson), Matt Bogart (Pvt. Nathaniel Taylor) and Michael Lanning (Capt. Emmet Lochran). The musical premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 1999 and closed on June 13, 1999, running for 61 performances and 35 previews. Directed by Jerry Zaks with musical staging by Luis Perez, the cast featured Leavel as Mabel/Mrs. Bixby, Bogart as Private Sam Taylor, and Leo Burmester as Autolycus Fell. The musical toured in the United States, starting in January 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The original cast of 28 had been reduced to 15. "Rather than playing individual characters, they all play everyman - a soldier, a wife, a nurse, a girlfriend, a slave." Stephen Rayne directed, with a cast that included Larry Gatlin alternating with John Schneider, and BeBe Winans. The Civil War was one of the productions produced at the newly-renovated Ford's Theatre (Washington, DC), running from March 27, 2009 through May 24. Directed by Jeff Calhoun, the 16-member cast featured Jarrod Emick, Eleasha Gamble, Michael Lanning, and Timothy Shew, with the recorded voice of Hal Holbrook as Lincoln. The production is conceived in a concert setting. In 2006, a new version of the musical opened at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Called For the Glory: The Civil War Musical in Gettysburg, it featured two new songs and a new structure.
Résumé: Ce musical ne peut être résumé, puisqu'il est une suite de chansons autour d'un thème : la guerre de Sécession.
Création: 16/9/1998 - Alley Theatre (Houston) - représ.
Musique: Frank Wildhorn • Paroles: Frank Wildhorn • Gregory Boyd • Livret: Jack Murphy • Production originale: 0 version mentionnée
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Résumé: In For the Glory, "the Union and Confederate armies sing of their excitement as they prepare to go into war and defend their respective causes. The enslaved sing of their pain and misery as they are sold as property. A soldier and his wife try to ease their separation by writing frequent letters. An abolitionist (in certain scenes identified as Frederick Douglas) lobbies his cause, and expresses his frustration with both the injustice that his people suffer and the reluctance of President Lincoln and the Union to address it. A nurse reflects on the work that she is trying to do. Captains from the two armies grapple with the decisions that they must make, not only for themselves but for the soldiers who follow them. The enslaved join in rousing gospel numbers, keeping their hopes and their spirits alive despite everything that they endure. The soldiers of both armies, gradually realizing the horrors of war, face despair, death and defeat. This intense work delves into one of our nation's most defining times, and is packed with feeling and messages, expressed directly through the wide variety of musical numbers performed. The war may be past, but the struggle continues today..."
Création: 17/6/2006 - Majestic Theater (Gettysburg) - représ.