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Musique: Harold Arlen • Heinz Roemheld • Ray Heindorf • Paroles: Livret: Warren Duff • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Résumé: Al Jackson (Jolson) vient d’emménager dans un magnifique appartement penthouse et semble avoir tout: la renommée, la fortune, et une suite fidèle. Mais son comptable a détourné sa fortune, et il sombre dans une dépression nerveuse, entrainant la perte de sa voix. Son médecin lui ordonne de prendre de longues vacances à la campagne et d’oublier le show business, ce qui, pour Jackson, est presque impossible. Mais une rencontre avec la jolie Ruth Haines (Roberts) et sa nièce de 10 ans (Jason) s’avère thérapeutique. Roberts est un auteur dramatique de talent mais débutant. Jackson décide de faire son retour à Broadway en jouant sa pièce. Mais il néglige de prévenir Roberts. Ce dernier est pour le moins surpris quand il découvre le spectacle que répète Al et il l'accuse de tenter de lui voler sa pièce. La dispute se solutionne à la première, et la pièce est un succès.
Création: 11/4/1936 - *** Film (***) - représ.
Musique: George Gershwin • Harold Arlen • Herman Hupfeld • Richard Rodgers • Will Irwin • Paroles: E.Y. Harburg • Herman Hupfeld • Howard Dietz • Ira Gershwin • Lorenz M. Hart • Ted Fetter • Livret: David Freedman • Moss Hart • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
Création: 25/12/1936 - Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway) - 236 représ.
Musique: Harold Arlen • Paroles: E.Y. Harburg • Livret: Howard Lindsay • Russel Crouse • Production originale: 1 version mentionnée
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Hooray for What! is an anti-war musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It introduced the song "Down With Love".
Genèse: The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 1, 1937, and ran for 200 performances. Directors were Vincente Minnelli and Howard Lindsay, and choreographers were Robert Alton and Agnes de Mille (her first Broadway choreography). The cast featured Ed Wynn as Chuckles, Jack Whiting as Breezy Cunningham, Paul Haakon (Principal Dancer), June Clyde as Annabel Lewis (replacing Hannah Williams), Vivian Vance as Stephanie Stephanovich (replacing Kay Thompson), Hugh Martin (Singing Ensemble), Ralph Blane as A Spy, and Meg Mundy (Singing Ensemble). Martin also did the vocal arrangements. Life Magazine called it "the funniest show of the year." 42nd Street Moon Theatre Company, San Francisco, California, presented the musical in a staged concert, in November 2004. It was presented by "The Medicine Show", New York City, in 2008.
Résumé: In Sprinkle, Indiana, Chuckles, a chemist, accidentally discovers a poisonous gas that could dominate the world. Breezy Cunningham is a weapons manufacturer, and tries to get the formula; when Chuckles refuses, Breezy hires the famous and alluring spy Stephanie Stephanovich to tempt it from Chuckles. Chuckles does not give in to Stephanie's wiles but goes to the League of Nations Peace Conference in Geneva to try to sell his discovery, which has somehow turned into a "love" potion. Meanwhile, Breezy, Stephanie, and their cohorts try to obtain the formula for the poisonous gas.
Création: 1/12/1937 - Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway) - 200 représ.
Musique: Andrew Lloyd Webber • E.Y. Harburg • Harold Arlen • Paroles: E.Y. Harburg • Harold Arlen • Tim Rice • Livret: Jeremy Sams • L. Frank Baum • Production originale: 2 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: The Wizard of Oz was first turned into a musical extravaganza by Baum himself. A loose adaptation of his 1900 novel (there is no Wicked Witch or Toto, and there are some new characters), it first played in Chicago in 1902 and was a success on Broadway the following year. It then toured for nine years. The 1939 film adaptation bore a closer resemblance to the storyline of Baum's original novel than most previous versions. It was a strong success, winning the Academy Awards for best song and best score, and continues to be broadcast perennially. Among the many musical theatre adaptations of The Wizard of Oz, two previous ones have used the songs from the film. In 1945, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (MUNY) created a version with a script adapted by Frank Gabrielson from the novel, but it is influenced in some respects by the motion picture screenplay. It uses most of the songs from the film. This was followed, in 1987, by a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) adaptation designed to more closely recreate the film version. The book by John Kane closely follows the film's screenplay, and it and uses nearly all of the film's music. Both the MUNY and RSC adaptations were successes and have been revived numerous times in the U.S. and UK. The Wizard of Oz is Andrew Lloyd Webber's 18th musical. Tim Rice first collaborated with Lloyd Webber in 1965, together writing The Likes of Us. Their next piece was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, followed by two more concept albums that became hit musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) and Evita (1978). Except for a special collaboration for Queen Elizabeth's 60th birthday celebration, the musical Cricket in 1986, after Evita, each man turned to other collaborators to produce further well-known musical theatre works. The Wizard of Oz was Rice and Lloyd Webber's first production together in the West End in over three decades. To create the new musical, Lloyd Webber and director Jeremy Sams adapted the 1939 film's screenplay, and Rice and Lloyd Webber added several new songs to the film's score. In July 2010, Lloyd Webber told the Daily Mail, "The fact is that The Wizard of Oz has never really worked in the theatre. The film has one or two holes where in the theatre you need a song. For example, there's nothing for either of the two witches to sing." "Tim and I are doing quite a specific thing, because we know what's missing." Productions After previews beginning 7 February, the musical opened in the West End, at the London Palladium, on 1 March 2011. The role of Dorothy was originally played by Danielle Hope, who was selected through the reality television show Over the Rainbow, and the title role of the Wizard was created by Michael Crawford. Over the Rainbow runner-up Sophie Evans performed the role of Dorothy on Tuesday evenings and when Hope was ill or on holiday. Hannah Waddingham originated the role of the Wicked Witch of the West leaving the cast on September 2011, when her understudy, Marianne Benedict assumed the role. Hope and Crawford left the production on 5 February 2012. Evans replaced Hope in the role of Dorothy full-time beginning 7 February 2012, and Russell Grant took over as The Wizard a week later, for 14-weeks. Des O'Connor played The Wizard from May 2012 until the production closed. The musical was produced by Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright, with direction by Jeremy Sams, choreography by Arlene Phillips and sets and costumes by Robert Jones. It took in pre-opening sales of £10 million. The production celebrated its 500th performance on 9 May 2012 and closed on 2 September 2012. An autumn 2012 reality TV show, Over the Rainbow, hosted by Daryn Jones, searched for a Canadian girl to play the role of Dorothy in a forthcoming Toronto staging by Mirvish Productions. On 5 November 2012, viewers chose Danielle Wade, a 20-year-old University of Windsor acting major, to play the role of Dorothy, with Stephanie La Rochelle as 1st runner up. The production premiered on 20 December 2012 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre with an official opening night on 13 January 2013. The cast also includes Cedric Smith as Professor Marvel/the Wizard, Lisa Horner as Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West, Mike Jackson as the Hickory/Tin Man, Lee MacDougall as the Zeke/Cowardly Lion, Jamie McKnight as Hunk/the Scarecrow and Robin Evan Willis as Glinda. The production is then expected to begin touring North America in autumn 2013 with the original Canadian cast.
Création: 1/3/2011 - Palladium Theatre (Londres) - représ.