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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: Jack Murphy • Livret: Shuichiro Koike • Production originale: 0 version mentionnée
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Résumé: Frank écrit un nouveau musical avec Shuichiro Koike (livret et metyteur en scène) et Jack Murphy (paroles), intitulé "Mitsuko". Le spectacle s'intéresse à Mitsuko Aoyama (1874-1941), qui a été la première femme japonaise à épouser un occidental. En 1892, elle s'est mariée avec l'ambassadeur Austro-Hongrois, le Comye Heinrich Coudenhove-Kalergi. A peu près cinq ans plus tard, ils déménagèrent en Autriche, où leur famille s'aggrandit patr l'arrivée de sept enfants. Après la mort de Heinrich en 1906, Mitsuko resta à Vienne pour fournir les meilleurs opportunités à ses enfants. Leur second fils, Richard Nikolaus, devint l'un des fondateurs du premier mouvement visant à unifier l'Europe, éditant un journal "Paneuropa" et publiant un manifeste du même nom. Mitsuko est pour cela parfois mentionnée comme "la mère de l'unification européenne". Elle resta à Vienne, même durant la Première Guerrre mondiale où les sentiments anti-japonnais étaient importants. Elle mourut à Vienne en 1941.
Création: 9/12/2005 - Museum Quartier - Halle E (Vienne) - représ.
Musique: Frank Wildhorn • Paroles: Jack Murphy • Nan Knighton • Livret: Jack Murphy • Production originale: 5 versions mentionnées
Résumé: It is about Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria and his extramarital relationship with Baroness Mary Vetsera. Their 1889 deaths at his Mayerling hunting lodge apparently were the result of a murder-suicide pact, although historians have debated this explanation.
Création: 26/5/2006 - Operett Színház (Budapest) - 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.
Musique: Frank Wildhorn • Paroles: Jack Murphy • Livret: Jack Murphy • Production originale: 5 versions mentionnées
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Genèse: Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy have created a musical version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père. The show had its world premiere on 14 March 2009 at Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland. Two related videos have been posted at art-tv.ch (in German). The St. Gallen, Switzerland production will return for a third season on 9 October, with performances currently planned through 30 December 2010. Tickets are available through the Theater St. Gallen website. The show's first season ran from 14 March through 13 June 2009 and the second season ran from 3 October 2009 through 5 April 2010. Andreas Gergen directs, Koen Schoots serves as musical director and Melissa King provides choreography, with Kim Scharnberg as orchestrator, Allen Moyer as set designer, Susanne Hubrich as costume designer, Jochen Schmidtke as fight captain and Simon Eichenberger as dance captain. Kevin Schroeder provided the German translation. The Swiss cast is led by Thomas Borchert as Edmond Dantès/The Count of Monte Cristo. He is joined by Sophie Berner as Mercédès, Carsten Lepper as Fernand Mondego, Christoph Goetten as Gérard von Villefort, Karim Khawatmi as Baron Danglars, Dean Welterlen as Abbé Faria, Kurt Schrepfer as Jacopo, Daniel Berini as Albert von Morcerf, Barbara Obermeier as Valentine, Ava Brennan as Luisa Vampa and André Bauer as Morrel. The ensemble includes Suzanne Carey, Caroline Frank, Ina Wagler, Simon Eichenberger, Matthias Förster, Jochen Schmidtke and Patrick Stamme. The show played at the Universal Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea, from 21 April through 13 June 2010. Ryu Jung-han (Jekyll & Hyde, Hero), Um Ki-joon (The Three Musketeers) and Shin Sung-rok (Hamlet) shared the title role while Ock Joo-hyun (Chicago) and Cha Ji-yeon (Queen Seondeok) played Mercédès. The cast also includeed Choi Min-chul and Cho Hui as Mondego, Cho Won-hee and Lee Yong-geun as Abbé Faria, Kim Seung-dae and Jeon Dong-seok as Albert, Cho Sun-chang as Villefort, Jang Dae-woong as Danglars, Han Ji-yeon as Luisa, Lee Mi-kyung as Valentine, Lee Jung-soo as Jacopo, and Kim Na-moo as Morrel. Robert Johanson, who was artistic director of the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey for eighteen years, directed.
Création: 14/3/2009 - Stadttheater St. Gallen (St. Gallen) - représ.