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0001 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002)
Musique: Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Paroles: Richard M Sherman • Robert B Sherman
Livret: Jeremy Sams
Production originale:
4 versions mentionnées
Dispo: Résumé  Synopsis  Génèse  Isnpiration  Liste chansons  

Genèse: The original United Artists motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first hit the cinema screens in 1968 and has been a firm family classic ever since. Based on a story by Ian Fleming, the movie began life as a personal dream of James Bond producer, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli. As with all his film projects, “Cubby” Broccoli surrounded himself with the very best British talent available to ensure the success of Chitty, which at the time was publicised as the largest and most expensive musical ever filmed in England. The director, Ken Hughes, who had also adapted the screenplay with prolific children’s author Roald Dahl, led the British film crew. The Sherman brothers, fresh from major success with the Disney Studios, provided the score and songs, earning an Oscar nomination in the process. “Cubby” Broccoli’s original plans for the enchanting tale of the magical car always included a possible stage version but not until 2002 and the advance of stage technology could the dream become a reality. The producers of the London stage musical, headed by the Broccoli family. Were confident that the technology existed to fly a tonne and a half of machinery with actors inside, that the musical flew onto the London stage. It opened at the London Palladium) to rave reviews on Tuesday 16th April 2002. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) broke every box office record at the famous London theatre. It was the longest running show at the Palladium, beating Oliver! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. During its three and a half year run, the family musical exceeded £70 million in box office revenue. The London Palladium) production originally capitalised at £6.2 million and cost approximately one third of a million pounds a week to run in order to pay for the huge cast of actors, children and dogs, not to mention stage management, technicians and musicians. The Chitty stage car holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive prop in the history of British Theatre. Chitty has at its heart two fundamental human desires….the desire to fly and the desire to protect one’s children, told through a magical journey. It is the story of love and adventure, of good and evil and of a family in search of something missing – all brought together by a fantasmagorical car! Original London production) The musical premiered in the West End at the London Palladium on April 16, 2002 with six new songs by the Sherman Brothers who wrote the original Academy Award-nominated title and song score as well. The West End production, directed by Adrian Noble with musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, closed in September 2005. It was the longest running show ever at the London Palladium, taking in over £70 million in its three and a half year run. Original Broadway production ) The Broadway production opened on April 28, 2005 at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) in New York City, garnering good reviews only for the lavish sets. Ben Brantley in the New York Times noted that the show "naggingly recalls the cold, futurist milieus of movies like 'Modern Times' and 'Metropolis,' in which machines rule the universe" and featured songs that sounded "not unlike what you might hear in sing-along hour in a pre-K class". The production was again directed by Adrian Noble with choreography by Gillian Lynne and starred Raúl Esparza (Caractacus Potts), Erin Dilly (Truly Scrumptious), Philip Bosco (Grandpa Potts), Marc Kudisch (Baron Bomburst), Jan Maxwell (Baroness Bomburst) and Henry Hodges (Jeremy Potts). The Broadway production closed on December 31, 2005 after 34 previews and 285 regular performances, losing its entire financial investment.

Résumé: The story of the adventures of Chitty, the magical car as it sails the seas and flies through the air . Chitty's eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts and his enchanting children Jemima and Jeremy, join the truly scrumptious Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher .

Création: 16/4/2002 - Palladium Theatre (Londres) - représ.

0002 - Wizard of OZ (The) (Vers Lloyd Webber) (2011)
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:
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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.

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13 (2008-05-Norma Terris Theatre-Chester-Connecticut)

Type de série: Pre-Broasway Try Out
Théâtre: Norma Terris Theatre in Chester (Chester - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Friday 09 May 2008
Dernière : Sunday 08 June 2008
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Christopher Gattelli
Producteur :

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13 (2008-10-Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre : 22 previews - 105 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 16 September 2008
Première : Sunday 05 October 2008
Dernière : Sunday 04 January 2009
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Christopher Gattelli
Producteur :
Presse : "I can’t imagine that anyone who isn’t in early adolescence would be crazy about “13,” the shiny and brash new musical about growing up geeky." (Ben Brantley-New York Times)
"Thirteen is notorious for being a jinxed number, and anyone heading to "13" hoping to find a story they haven't seen at least a hundred times before is out of luck." & "The pubescent crowd may find this new musical fascinating — but Mom and Dad will be left thinking about 13 better ways they could have spent their ticket dollars." (Joe Dziemianowicz-New York Daily News)
"Disarmingly charming new musical." & "The perfect show for those too old for Disney, too young for "Spring Awakening." (Barbara Hoffman-New York Post)
"Driven fast by catchy, dynamic rhythms and colorful orchestrations, Brown's 16-song score is light, fresh and always tuneful in nature. Smart lyrics and a wide sampling of song styles ... keep the musical energy level zooming as the intermission-free show speeds along." & "Expect nothing fancy from "13" -- just a sincerely good time." (Michael Sommers-Star-Ledger)
" ailing as our economy.." & "Some of the 13 performers are actually 13; other may be old enough to know better. But 13 or not, they come across almost as juvenile as the perpetrators of this infantile concoction." (John Simon-Bloomberg)
"13 is, if hardly awesome (not even in the lesser sense of the word), an innocuous and sometimes touching diversion." (Elysa Gardner-USA Today)
"A smart, fun look at the joys and agonies of growing up." & "Sweet little gem of a show." & "Director Jeremy Sams and choreographer Christopher Gattelli have assembled an energetic and versatile ensemble of youngsters and shown them off to sparkling advantage. .....and they're not syrupy sweet or overly brash in the way too many professional child actors can be." (David Sheward-Back Stage)
"The story, directed without distinction by Jeremy Sams, sort of stops rather than builds to a conclusion....The book, by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, is so chopped-up, careless and obvious it almost seems no more than a bridge between Jason Robert Brown's songs." & "They (the cast) come across not as typical youngsters, but as professional performers who happen to be teenagers. (Robert Feldberg-The Record)
"Musically robust but surprisingly thin in the story department" & "If the story meanders, the music does not...a lively, highly listenable score." & "It's in the music where "13" often springs to life. His (Brown's) melodies are tuneful and his lyrics quirky enough to surprise you." (Michael Kuchwara-Associated Press)
"There's not much in this sweet all-adolescent tuner to engage anyone past puberty." & "If the story had been told with more wit, complexity or universal insight, there might have been something here for the rest of us." & "Brown's melodic songs are well crafted and do the job of bumping the thin story along ... But the composer's work tends to bounce around in tone and rhythm, making it difficult to sing for performers whose voices are still developing." (David Rooney-Variety)

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Enter the Guardsman (1997-09-Donmar Warehouse-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Donmar Warehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 11 September 1997
Première : Wednesday 17 September 1997
Dernière : Saturday 18 October 1997
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Andrew George
Producteur :
Avec : Janie Dee (Actress), Alexander Hanson (Actor), Nicky Henson (Playwright), Angela Richards (Dresser), Jeremy Finch {Stage Manager), Walter van Dyk (Wigs Master), Nicola Stone (Wardrobe Mistress).
Commentaires : Based on the 1911 Hungarian play by Ferenc Molnar, this was adapted with a bitter-sweet, tango- and waltz-filled, elegant score. (It has some remarkable parallels with Harold Pinter’s play “The Lover”). The show won a Best New Musical Award in the USA in 1995 and a major International Musical of the Year competition in Denmark in 1996, but the London critics thought that, charming as it was, it lacked bite.

> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best Supporting Performance in a Musical (Nicky Henson)
> 1998 Laurence Olivier Award nomination: Best New Musical (Enter The Guardsman)
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH of The EVENING STANDARD mirrors my view when he says the musical "Never bites."

BILL HAGERTY of THE NEWS OF THE WORLD has mixed feelings describing the musical as " warm and uplifting" but goes on to say "the stardust turns to sequins and we are left with a pretty but empty illusion".

PETER HEPPLE of THE STAGE says the show " works a treat at the Donmar."

JOHN PETER of THE SUNDAY TIMES describes the show as "pleasant but slightly oversweet."

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says the musical is "bright, frequently funny and reasonably tuneful."

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King and I (The) (2009-06-Royal Albert Hall-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Royal Albert Hall (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Friday 12 June 2009
Première : Saturday 13 June 2009
Dernière : Sunday 28 June 2009
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Jerome Robbins
Producteur :
Avec : Maria Friedman (Anna), Daniel Dae Kim (King), Jee Hyun Lim (Lady Thiang), Yanle Zhong (Tuptim), Ethan Le Phong (Lun Tha), Michael Simkins (Sir Edward), David Yip (Kralahome), Stephen Scott, Miwa Saeki, Azumi Ono, Victoria Sahakian Rogers, Yo Santhaveesuk Ho Yi
Commentaires : This was a huge spectacular production with a cast of 45 adults and 77 children, and the 40-strong Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, not to mention the impressive (indoor!) fireworks display. There was special praise for Maria Friedman and for Daniel Dae Kim (better known from the cult TV series “Lost”).

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Marat/Sade (1997-05-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 25 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Wednesday 14 May 1997
Dernière : Saturday 21 June 1997
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : David Calder, Corin Redgrave, Anatasia Hille, Philip Franks, Jenny Galloway, Richard McCabe
Commentaires : Titre complet: "The persecution and assassination of Marat as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade"
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says “There are times when you wish you were sitting anywhere other than in a theatre and this was one of them.” and NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD said “Lily-livered revival fails to land the punches.” However, BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE of THE TIMES was not too scathing of the play and was indeed particularly impressed with Anastasia Hille's Charlotte Corday describing her performance as moving him.

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Maria Friedman by Special Arrangement (1994-05-White Hall-London)

Type de série:
Théâtre: Trafalgar Studios (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Studio 1
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Monday 23 May 1994
Dernière : Saturday 11 June 1994
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Maria Friedman
Commentaires : > 1995 Laurence Olivier Award: Best Entertainment (Maria Friedman)

Transféré du Donamar Warehouse

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Noises Off (2000-10-Lyttelton Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Lyttelton Theatre
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 67 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 29 September 2000
Première : Thursday 05 October 2000
Dernière : Tuesday 20 February 2001
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Susie Blake, Patricia Hodge, Christopher Benjamin, Peter Egan, Aden Gillett, Selina Griffiths, Jeff Rawle, Paul Thornley, Natalie Walter.
Presse : THE INDEPENDENT says, "Jeremy Sams's splendidly cast revival in the Lyttelton is undoubtedly a joy and a riot." THE DAILY MAIL says, "The funniest play ever written about the theatre.." THE EVENING STANDARD says, "While Noises Off is too diffuse and unfocused to make great farce, it revels in farcical ingenuity and induces escapist laughter." THE GUARDIAN says, "..the laughs arrive in escalating waves and the cast perform with such hectic virtuosity…" CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRATH says, "Noises Off has now achieved classic status." He also says the play is " brilliantly written", "beautifully acted" and is "technically ingenious". THE SUNDAY TIMES says, "This is, quite simply, one of the National's biggest smash hits ever."

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Passion (1996-03-Queen's Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Sondheim Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 6 mois
Nombre : 232 représentations
Première Preview : Wednesday 13 March 1996
Première : Tuesday 26 March 1996
Dernière : Saturday 28 September 1996
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Jonathan Butterell
Producteur :
Avec : Michael Ball (Giorgio), Maria Friedman (Fosca), Helen Hobson (Clara), David Firth (Colonel Ricci), Hugh Ross (Doctor Tambourri), Michael Heath, Michael Cantwell, Simon Green, Ian McLamon,
Commentaires : Based on Ettore Scola’s film “Passione d’Amore” and the novel “Fosca”, the 1994 Broadway production won four Tony Awards and was hailed as one of the most important musicals of recent years, running for 280 performances.
This production was the samae as the Broadway Production, except there was an intermission between Scene Seven and Scene Eight, and a new song in Scene Thirteen (called "No One Has Ever Loved Me" on the London concert recording, but not the same as the similarly titled selection on the Broadway recording). It is sung after the "Farewell Letter" by Giorgio in his confrontation with Doctor Tambourri.
The London production did not fare quite so well, in spite of rave notices for Maria Friedman and excellent ones for Michael Ball. The production was described as a “chamber opera” of such intensity that it would not be to everyone’s taste, but generally was highly praised and admired. It had a six month run, though at the end of the year it did receive the Evening Standard Award as the Best Musical of the Year.

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Sound of Music (The) (2006-11-Palladium-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 2 ans 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 951 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 03 November 2006
Première : Wednesday 15 November 2006
Dernière : Saturday 21 February 2009
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Producteur :
Avec : Cast: Connie Fisher (Maria), Alexander Hanson (Captain von Trapp), Lesley Garrett (Mother Abbess), Lauren Ward (Elsa), Ian Gelder (Max Detweiler), Sophie Bould (Liesl), Neil McDermott (Rolf), John Griffiths, Claire Massie, Susie Fenwick, Margaret Preece.
Commentaires : This was a spectacular and very successful revival. The original intention was for Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson to play Maria, but when contract negotiations fell through, it was decided to cast the role of Maria through a talent search reality-TV show called “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” - presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton, with David Ian, John Barrowman and Zoe Tyler as judges. The final choice, Connie Fisher, was selected by public vote. This method of casting was much criticised within the performing industry, but Connie Fisher (after a nervous opening night) turned out to be an excellent choice (and the enormous publicity led to record advance sales.)
Early in 2007 Connie Fisher missed two weeks due to illness and her understudy, Aoife Mulholland, took over, and later played the matinees to relieve the pressure on Connie Fisher. The original von Trapp was Simon Shepherd, but after two preview performances he was withdrawn from the production, and Alexander Hanson took over the role. During its two year run later Marias included Aoife Mulholland, Summer Strallen and Gemma Baird, with Simon Burke and Simon MacCorkindale as later von Trapps. The show closed on February 21 2009, after a run of over two years.

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Sound of Music (The) (2009-07-UK Tour)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Sunday 26 July 2009
Première : Sunday 26 July 2009
Dernière : Sunday 02 January 2011
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: A UK tour was launched on 26 July 2009 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The tour has also visited Bradford, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Sunderland, Manchester and Edinburgh and will visit Belfast, Aberdeen, Llandudno, Birmingham and Bristol. The original cast included Connie Fisher as Maria, Michael Praed as Captain Von Trapp, Margaret Preece as the Mother Abbess, Martin Callaghan as Uncle Max, Jacinta Mulcahy as Baroness Schraeder, Jeremy Taylor as Rolf and Claire Fishenden as Liesl. Kirsty Malpass stars as the alternate Maria.[30] Margaret Preece left the role of Mother Abbess on 20 February 2010 in Edinburgh and was replaced by Marilyn Hill Smith. Michael Praed will leave the touring production on 26 June 2010 during the show's run in Birmingham. The production is currently scheduled to finish on 2 January 2011 at The New Theatre, Oxford.

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Spend Spend Spend (1999-10-Piccadilly Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 342 représentations
Première Preview : Tuesday 05 October 1999
Première : Tuesday 12 October 1999
Dernière : Saturday 05 August 2000
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Craig Revel Horwood
Producteur :
Avec : Barbara Dickson (Viv Nicholson), Rachel Leskovac (Young Viv), Steve Houghton (Keith), Jeff Shankley (George), Jonathan Bum, Tania Caridia, Susan Fay, Kate Harbour, Marjorie Keys, Gary Milner, Craig Nicholls, Stuart Nurse, Stuart Pendred, Robin Samson, Jeff Shankley, Nicola Sloane, Duncan Smith, Jamie Somers, Mary Stockley , Paul Thomloy.
Commentaires : The musical had its first performance in 1998 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The London production opened in October and ran until August in the following year. It won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards as Best Musical, and Barbara Dickson won the Olivier Award for the Best Actress in a Musical. It ended on August 5th 2000 - a run of over nine months.
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Best new British musical in years" and goes on to say "Spend Spend Spend is popular entertainment at its best, devoid of the cynical contrivance of so many musicals and blessed with heart, humour and irresistible humanity."

BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE of THE TIMES says the show has "splendidly lively songs" and "excellent lyrics".

IAN SHUTTLEWORTH of THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "It is the most glorious new musical I can ever recall seeing." He goes on to say "Spend Spend Spend fully deserves to join Blood Brothers as a working-class "up yours" fixture among West End musicals...."

However, NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD was luke warm about the show saying, "Unfortunately this musical lacks a sharp book of lyrics, though there's some rollicking fun on the journey."

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Wild Oats (1995-09-Lyttelton Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Lyttelton Theatre
Durée : 5 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 67 représentations
Première Preview : Friday 01 September 1995
Première : Thursday 07 September 1995
Dernière : Tuesday 27 February 1996
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Anton Lesser, James Bolam

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Wizard of OZ (The) (Vers Lloyd Webber) (2011-03-Palladium Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 6 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Monday 07 February 2011
Première : Tuesday 01 March 2011
Dernière : Sunday 02 September 2012
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Producteur :
Avec : Dorothy Gale ... Danielle Hope / Wicked Witch & Ms. Gultch ... Hannah Waddingham / The Wizard & Professor Marvel ... Michael Crawford / Glinda ... Emily Tierney / Scarecrow/Hunk ... Paul Keating / Tin Man/Hickory ... Edward Baker-Duly / Cowardly Lion/Zeke ... David Ganly / Auntie Em ... Helen Walsh / Uncle Henry ... Stephen Scott / Munchkin Mayor ... Zeph
Commentaires : With previews from 7th February, the original Dorothy was Danielle Hope, with Sophie Evans playing certain performances. The role of Dorothy was cast through the 2010 reality television show “Over the Rainbow”, in which Danielle Hope won and Sophie Evans was the runner-up.
Commentaires longs: This was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 18th musical, but his first West End show reunited with Tim Rice for more than 30 years. It opened to a £10 million advance. During the run Hannah Waddingham was replaced by Marianne Benedict after six months, and in February 2012 Sophie Evans took over as the full-time Dorothy, and Michael Crawford was replaced with Russell Grant. The production celebrated its 500th performance on 9 May 2012. Des O’Connor took over as The Wizard on May 22nd 2012.

Opening night reviews were mixed but generally praised the designs, the special effects and several cast members, especially Waddingham. The Telegraph reviewer, Charles Spencer, rated the production three out of five stars, writing: "Jeremy Sams’s production pulls out all the stops, with ingenious designs by Robert Jones that skilfully conjure up both the sepia world of Kansas and the lurid colours of Oz. Dorothy’s flight to the enchanted land is thrillingly caught with the help of film effects that wouldn’t look out of place on Dr Who and the story is told with clarity and pace", but added that Hope "offers a thoroughly competent rather than an inspired performance" that "lacks the heart-catching vulnerability of the young Judy Garland".
Paul Taylor of The Independent gave the show four out of five stars, commenting: "Jeremy Sams's production is a marvel of beguiling narrative fluency and, with Robert Jones's superb designs, of endlessly witty and spectacular visual invention – from the digitally-enhanced hurricane transition to Oz to the skeletally twisted Gothic palace of the Wicked Witch and her totalitarian, helmeted guards."
Henry Hitchings of the London Evening Standard also gave the show four out of five stars, praising Jones's "lavish costumes and lovingly conceived sets. ... The story is lucid and well-paced, though the technological wizardry occasionally obscures its inherent magic. ... Danielle Hope ... makes a winning impression. Her performance combines innocence with easy charm, and her voice soars."
Although Michael Billington, the reviewer at The Guardian, felt "blitzkrieged rather than charmed", he gave the production three stars out of five, writing:
"The star of the show is undoubtedly the set and costume designer, Robert Jones. The Kansas cyclone that whisks Dorothy into a dreamworld is evoked through vorticist projections (the work of Jon Driscoll) that betoken chaos in the cosmos. The Yellow Brick Road is on a tilted revolve from inside which poppyfields and labyrinthine forest emerge. The Emerald City is full of steeply inclined walls suggesting a drunkard's vision of the Chrysler Building lobby. And the Wicked Witch of the West inhabits a rotating dungeon that might be a Piranesi nightmare. ... Of course, there are the songs; it's good to be reminded of such classics as "Over The Rainbow", "We're Off To See The Wizard", and "Follow The Yellow Brick Road". The additions by Lloyd Webber and Rice are also perfectly acceptable. Dorothy is given a good plaintive opening number, and Red Shoes Blues, sung by the Wicked Witch, has a pounding intensity."
Writing in the Daily Mail, Quentin Letts felt that "the story lacks the emotive motor of a love affair" and that the "dramatic buzz" is "not much better than you'd find at a decent pantomime". The Oxford Times reviewed the production during Evans's first week (in May 2011) replacing the vacationing Hope, calling the show "hugely enjoyable" and commenting of Evans: "Such is her success in the role that it would be hard to imagine anyone could consider they were getting second-best."
Presse : "It's somewhat lacking in humanity. I came out feeling blitzkrieged rather than charmed...the paradox of the evening is that it suffers the same dilemma as the Tin Man: it might have been so much more if it only had a heart."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"Exhilarating new production...Jeremy Sams's production is a marvel of beguiling narrative fluency and, with Richard Jones's superb designs, of endlessly witty and spectacular visual invention."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

"The story is lucid and well-paced, though the technological wizardry occasionally obscures its inherent magic...This is a family musical with a gorgeous sense of spectacle, as well as being a polished essay in escapism."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

"The dramatic buzz here is not much better than you’d find at a decent pantomime."
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

"While there is a good deal to recommend about this much-anticipated production...I could not help but imagine director Jeremy Sams himself knocking on the doors of Emerald City to ask the great Oz what ingredients would turn his okay show into a great one. How about a big injection of energy and a dose of feeling..."
Lisa Martland for The Stage

"One leaves the theatre humming the tunes and admiring the spectacle. But this finally strikes me as a soullessly efficient production rather than an inspired re-invention of The Wizard of Oz."
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

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Wizard of OZ (The) (Vers Lloyd Webber) (2013-01-Ed Mirvish Theatre-Toronto)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Ed Mirvish Theatre (Toronto - Canada)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Thursday 20 December 2012
Première : Sunday 13 January 2013
Dernière : Sunday 02 June 2013
Mise en scène : Jeremy Sams
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Producteur :
Avec : Dorothy Gale ... Danielle Wade / The Wizard & Professor Marvel ... Cedric Smith / Wicked Witch of the West & Miss Gultch ... Lisa Horner / Scarecrow & Hunk ... Jamie McKnight / Tin Man & Hickory ... Mike Jackson / Cowardly Lion & Zeke ... Lee MacDougall / Glinda ... Robin Evan Willis / Uncle Henry ... Larry Mannell / Aunt Em ... Charlotte Moore / Ensemble ... Jordan Bell