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Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Se joue actuellementNombre : Première Preview : Friday 12 May 2023Première : Friday 12 May 2023Dernière : Open end, ouvert actuellement jusqu'au Wed 01 January 2031Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Gabriel Vick (Daniel Hillard), Carla Dixon-Hernandez (Lydia Hillard), Cameron Blakely (Frank Hillard), Marcus Collins (Andre), Samuel Edwards (Stuart Dunmire), Ian Talbot (Mr Jolly), Kelly Agbowu (Wanda Sellner), Nicole Carlisle, Joshua Dever, Joseph Dockree, Rebecca Donnelly, Amy Everett, Maria Garrett, Kiera Haynes, Vicki Lee Taylor, Adam Lyons, Lisa Mathieson, Corey Mitchell, Ellie Mitchell, Matt Overfield, Rhys Owen, Christopher Parkinson, Micha Richardson, Tom Scanlon, Paulo Teixeira, Samuel Wilson-Freeman, Max Bispham (alternate Christopher Hillard), Elliot Mugume (alternate Christopher Hillard), Frankie Treadaway (alternate Christopher Hillard), Scarlett Davies (alternate Natalie Hillard), Angelica-Pearl Scott (alternate Natalie Hillard), Ava Posniak (alternate Natalie Hillard)
A Bronx Tale (2016-11-Longacre Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Longacre Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 8 mois Nombre : Première Preview : Thursday 03 November 2016Première : Thursday 01 December 2016Dernière : Sunday 05 August 2018Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Robert De Niro • Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo • Producteur : Avec : Nick Cordero (Sonny), Richard H. Blake (Lorenzo), Bobby Conte Thornton (Calogero), Ariana DeBose (Jane), Lucia Giannetta (Rosina), Bradley Gibson (Tyrone)Commentaires : Directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks bring their triumphant New York musical to Broadway, following an acclaimed run in Millburn. Mirroring the gritty setting and finger-clicking music of fellow Big Apple musical Jersey Boys, A Bronx Tale takes place in the early 1960s, and follows the fortunes of a local Bronx kid who is drawn into the world of organized crime, much to the horror of his bus driver father. The story is based on actor Chazz Palminteri's one man show, which De Niro previously adapted for the big screen in 1993.Presse : "Sometimes plain old pasta with red sauce is just what the doctor ordered. 'A Bronx Tale'... might be called the musical-theater equivalent of that classic comfort food. It doesn’t break ground or dazzle with an unusual recipe — like, say, mixing rap and American history — but it delivers reliable pleasures with polished professionalism and infectious energy." Charles Isherwood for New York Times
"'A Bronx Tale' at the Longacre Theatre packs some tasty ear candy and fine performances, but it’s as conventional as it gets and could use a surprise or two." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"Aside from Machiavelli-quoting mobster Bobby—played with expertly calibrated swagger by Nick Cordero—none of the characters command interest, and Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s doo-wop–heavy score is far too lightweight for a plot that features murders and racial hate crimes."
Adam Feldman for Time Out New York
"There's no point giving a Bronx cheer to this formulaic but entertaining crowd-pleaser." Frank Scheck for Hollywood Reporter
"After the 1989 solo show, the 1993 movie directed by Robert De Niro and the 2007 Broadway production staged by Jerry Zaks, where else could this show go but back to Broadway as a musical starring Nick Cordero? Is it a good fit? Not really, but there’s something nicely symmetrical about the material progress. Next up: surely an opera." Marilyn Stasio for Variety
A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum (1996-04-St. James Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: St. James Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 8 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 36 previews - 715 représentationsPremière Preview : Monday 18 March 1996Première : Thursday 18 April 1996Dernière : Sunday 04 January 1998Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Rob Marshall • Producteur : Avec : Nathan Lane (Prologus/Pseudolus) remplacé le 17 février 1997 par Whoopi Goldberg puis le 15 juillet 1997 par David Alan Grier, Brad Aspel & Cory English & Ray Roderick (Protean), Lewis J. Stradlen (Senex), May Testa (Domina), Jim Stanek (Hero), Mark Linn-Baker (Hysterium), Ernie Sabella (Marcus Lycus), Pamela Everett (Tintinabula), Leigh Zimmerman (Panacea), Susan Misner & Lori Werner (The Geminae), Mary Ann Lamb (Vibrata), Stephanie Pope (Gymnasia), Jessica Boevers (Philia), William Duell (Erronius), Cris Groenendaal (Miles Gloriosus)Commentaires longs: "Pretty Little Picture" is dropped (although recorded and available on the Cast Album), and the addition of "The House of Marcus Lycus" (sung by Marcus Lycus)]
Tony Award : Best Actor: Musical (Nathan Lane)
Other Awards : Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director (Jerry Zaks)
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane)
Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane)
Anything goes (1987-10-Vivian Beaumont Theatre-LCPA-New York)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New-York - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 10 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 44 previews - 784 représentationsPremière Preview : Friday 11 September 1987Première : Monday 19 October 1987Dernière : Sunday 03 September 1989Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Michael Smuin • Producteur : Avec : Avec Patti LuPone (Reno Sweeney), Howard McGillin (Billy Crocker), Bill McCutcheon (Moonface Martin), Rex Everhart (Elisha Whitney), Anne Francine (Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt), Linda Hart (Erma), Anthony Heald (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Kathleen Mahony-Bennett (Hope Harcourt), David Pursley (Captain), Gerry Vichi (Purser), Pat Gorman (Countess), Richard Korthaze (Minister), Stanford Egi (Luke), Toshi Toda (John), Robert Kellett (Reporter #1), Larry Cahn (Reporter #2), Dale Hensley (G-Man #1), Leslie Feagan (G-Man #2), Steve Stiner (Fred), Eric Y. L. Chan (Louie), Gerry McIntyre (Photographer), Jane Seaman (Woman in Bathchair), Alice Ann Oakes (Woman in Bathchair's Niece), Chantey Quartet: Larry Cahn, Leslie Feagan, Dale Hensley, Steve Stiner; Thuggish Sailors: Mark Chmiel, Dan Fletcher, Lacy Darryl Phillips; Dancing Ensemble: Eric Y. L. Chan, Mark Chmiel, Dan Fletcher, Robert Kellett, Jane Lanier, Gerry McIntyre, Alice Ann Oakes, Lacy Darryl Phillips, Michele Pigliavento, Daryl Richardson, Maryellen Scilla, Alec Timerman, Barbara Yeager
The following cast changes occurred during the run of the show:
Walter Bobbie (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Gregg Edelman (Billy Crocker), Linda Hart (Reno Sweeney), Leslie Uggams (Reno Sweeney), Nancy Opel (Hope Harcourt), Maryellen Scilla (Erma), Susan Terry (Erma), Gerry Vichi (Moonface Martin), Dancing Ensemble: Robert Ashford, Joe Deer
Anything goes (1989-07-Prince Edward Th-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Prince Edward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 an 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : Tuesday 04 July 1989Dernière : Saturday 25 August 1990Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Michael Smuin • Producteur : Avec : Elaine Paige (Reno Sweeney), Howard McGillin (Billy Crocker), Bernard Cribbins (Moonface Martin), Kathryn Evans (Erma), Ursula Smith (Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt), Martin Turner (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Ashleigh Sendin (Hope Harcourt) and Harry Towb (Elisha Whitney)Commentaires : Ever since this show was first performed (in 1925) it was known the original book, created by Guy Bolton and P.G.Wodehouse, had to be re-written at the last moment because the show involved a shipwreck scene and this would be too tasteless following a real-life shipwreck at that time. However, in the 1990s it was finally revealed this story was completely untrue. The original script had never included a shipwreck - it was simply too scrappy and poor to be used.Commentaires longs: Bolton was a tax exile in London, and P.G.Wodehouse refused to leave France, so they created the work “long-distance” and posted it to Broadway. The producer, Arthur Freedley, was horrified with the result, but because they were very distinguished theatre writers, he did not want to damage his relationship with them. He called in Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse to create a new book, and in order to help Bolton and Wodehouse save face, the story was concocted that their original script had been abandoned because it involved a shipwreck (completely untrue!). Shortly before rehearsals started there had been the fatal sinking of the USS Morro Castle off the coast of New Jersey, providing the perfect excuse. Freedley announced that because the original writers were out of the country and time was too short, a new team had to take over and re-write the script. This totally false story only came to light after it had been accepted by three generations of theatre historians.
Assassins (1990-12-Playwrights Horizons-Off Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Playwrights Horizons (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 mois Nombre : 73 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : Tuesday 18 December 1990Dernière : Saturday 16 February 1991Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Paul Gemignani • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Avec Victor Garber, Terrence Mann, Lee Wilkof, Patrick Cassidy, Debra Monk, Greg Germann, and Annie Golden. Toute la série s'est jouée sold out…. Il faut dire que la salle est très petite (moins de deux cent places).
1991 Drama League Award: Distinguished Achievement in a Musical, Stephen Sondheim
Bye Bye Birdie (2004-05-New York City Center) Encores! ConcertType de série: Concert
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : Thursday 06 May 2004Dernière : Monday 10 May 2004Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur :
Cage aux Folles (La) (2004-12-Marquis Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Marquis Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 6 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 31 previews - 229 représentationsPremière Preview : Thursday 11 November 2004Première : Thursday 09 December 2004Dernière : Sunday 26 June 2005Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell • Producteur :
Civil War (The) (1999-04-St James Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: St. James Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 35 previews - 61 représentationsPremière Preview : Tuesday 23 March 1999Première : Thursday 22 April 1999Dernière : Sunday 13 June 1999Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Luis Perez • Producteur : Avec : Capt. Emmett Lochran … Michael Lanning
Sgt. Patrick Anderson … Rod Weber
Sgt. Byron Richardson … Royal Reed
Capt. William McEwen … Gilles Chiasson
Pvt. Conrad Bock … Ron Sharpe
Pvt. Elmore Hotchkiss … Bart Shatto
Pvt. Nathaniel Taylor … John Sawyer
Capt. Billy Pierce … Gene Miller
Sgt. Virgil Franklin … Dave Clemmons
Cpl. John Beauregard … Mike Eldred
Cpl. Henry Stewart … David M. Lutken
Pvt. Darius Barksdale … Anthony Galde
Pvt. Cyrus Stevens … Jim Price
Pvt. Sam Taylor … Matt Bogart
Frederick Douglass … Keith Byron Kirk
Clayton Toler … Michel Bell
Bessie Toler … Cheryl Freeman
Benjamin Reynolds … Lawrence Clayton
Exter Thomas … Wayne W. Pretlow
Harriet Jackson … Capathia Jenkins
Liza Hughes … Cassandra White
Autolycus Fell … Leo Burmester
Auctioneer's Assistant … Dave Clemmons
Sarah McEwen … Irene Molloy
Violet/Nurse … Hope Harris
Mabel/Mrs. Bixby … Beth Leavel
Voice of President Lincoln … David M. Lutken
Girl Crazy (2009-11-New York City Center)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New York City Center (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : Thursday 19 November 2009Première : Thursday 19 November 2009Dernière : Sunday 22 November 2009Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Warren Carlyle • Producteur : Avec : Avec: Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Knight, Marc Kudisch, Richard Poe, Chris Diamantopoulos, Becki Newton, Jeremy Beck, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Gregory Wooddell.
Guys and dolls (1992-04-Martin Beck Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 ans 8 mois 4 semaines Nombre : 33 previews - 1143 représentationsPremière Preview : Monday 16 March 1992Première : Tuesday 14 April 1992Dernière : Sunday 08 January 1995Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Christopher Chadman • Producteur :
Hello, Dolly! (2017-03-Shubert Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 34 previews - 550 représentationsPremière Preview : Wednesday 15 March 2017Première : Thursday 20 April 2017Dernière : Saturday 25 August 2018Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Warren Carlyle • Producteur : Avec : Bette Midler (Dolly Gallagher Levi), David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder), Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Beanie Feldstein (Minnie Fay), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Jennifer Simard (Ernestina)Commentaires : Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Bette Midler (Fiddler on the Roof, The First Wives Club) returns to the Broadway stage in one of the greatest musicals of all time - Hello, Dolly! Starring alongside David Hyde Pierce, Ms Midler leads the revival of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's glorious comedy as the redoubtable matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, following in the footsteps of Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and one Barbra Streisand.Presse : "Exceedingly bright and brassy revival... Back on a Broadway stage in a book musical for the first time (can it be?) since “Fiddler on the Roof” half a century ago, Ms. Midler is generating a succession of seismic responses that make Trump election rallies look like Quaker prayer meetings." Ben Brantley for New York Times
"Hello, blockbuster! They don’t make ’em like they used to — and that goes double for Broadway’s dazzling revival of “Hello, Dolly!” thanks to the show itself and its above-the-title supernova, Bette Midler... Type out all the superlatives you can because nights like this in the theater — in which tingles continue from overture to final bow at the Shubert Theatre — make you feel overjoyed. That is a tonic for troubled times!" Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"Hello, Dolly! offers classic musical theater without a hint of apology. Jerry Herman’s exuberant score is a show-tune bonanza, and Warren Carlyle’s choreography distills showbiz dancing to its essence; the show elicits grins with simple bounces and kicks, and earns waves of applause with a cakewalk. Midler hasn’t appeared in a Broadway musical in almost 50 years. It was worth the wait. We are all her waiters now." Adam Feldman for Time Out New York
"It's perhaps a measure of my great admiration for this superlative production that I didn't even get to Jerry Herman's iconic score. The 23-piece orchestra plays it to perfection. And with the Divine Miss M to sing it, we've got a match made in heaven!" Roma Torre for NY1
"As a shot of sparkling, old-fashioned popular entertainment of a kind largely erased by the age of cynicism, this deluxe revival of Hello, Dolly! is about as good as it gets, crowned by star casting that fits like a glove." David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter
"Jerry Herman’s 1964 musical comedy is one of the great audience shows, so it’s a relief to report that helmer Jerry Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle have done a great restoration job on the old girl, while refraining from the urge to tart her up for modern tastes." Marilyn Stasio for Variety
Little Shop of Horrors (The) (2003-08-August Wilson Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 10 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 40 previews - 372 représentationsPremière Preview : Friday 29 August 2003Première : Thursday 02 October 2003Dernière : Sunday 22 August 2004Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Kathleen Marshall • Producteur :
Little Shop of Horrors (The) (2004-08-US Tour)Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 8 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : Tuesday 10 August 2004Première : Tuesday 10 August 2004Dernière : Sunday 16 April 2006Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Kathleen Marshall • Producteur :
Meteor Shower (2017-11-Booth Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Booth Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 31 previews - 61 représentationsPremière Preview : Wednesday 01 November 2017Première : Wednesday 29 November 2017Dernière : Sunday 21 January 2018Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Amy Schumer (as Corky), Laura Benanti (as Laura), Keegan-Michael Key (as Gerald), and Jeremy Shamos (as Norm)Commentaires : Emmy Award winner - and one of the world's top comedians - Amy Schumer is making her Broadway debut this fall as she stars in Hollywood legend and Tony Award nominee Steve Martin's new comedy Meteor Shower! The limited engagement plays Broadway's Booth Theatre from November 1, 2017, through to January 21, 2018, with an official opening set for November 29.
Ms. Schumer is joined on stage by a cast of stage and screen veterans including Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award winner Keegan-Michael Key and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, for the comedy that promises to have a meteoric impact on the Broadway season!
There aren't many ultra-modern, absurdist comedies floating around the Great White Way at all, so Meteor Shower is really in its own lane in terms of theatrical genres. Steve Martin's script imagines various scenarios that are played out over the course of one evening in California, with outcomes that vary from the trivial to the outlandish. As Gerald (Key) and Laura (Benanti) come over for an evening soirée to gaze at the meteor shower overhead with Norman (Shamos) and Corky (Schumer) at their house in Ojai, it's clear from the get-go that this encounter is going to be nothing short of explosive. May the mind games (and the lashings of physical comedy) ensue...
The four actors of the piece are perfectly cast and each shines as one-by-one they prove their comedy chops. Although Ms. Schumer is undoubtedly the driving force at the box office, these four are equally equipped on the stage and share equal portions of the laughter.
Are these home-wrecking intruders real? Are they just personifications of Norman and Corky's consciences? And how exactly do you create a man with a steaming hole in his chest after a meteor collision on stage? These and so many more questions can be answered with a trip to Meteor Shower at the Booth Theatre on Broadway!Presse : I wish I had more to say, but I’ll admit that I am at a loss for words after seeing Meteor Shower, Steve Martin’s absurd new comedy at the Booth Theatre. What does one say about an entertainment this lightweight, this pointless, this short? - NY Theatre Guide
Sister Act (2009-05-London Palladium Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 an 5 mois Nombre : 591 représentationsPremière Preview : Thursday 07 May 2009Première : Tuesday 02 June 2009Dernière : Saturday 30 October 2010Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast • Producteur : Avec : Patina Miller (Deloris), Chris Jarman (Shank), Nicolas Colicos (Bones), Ivan de Freitas (Dinero), Ako Mitchell (Eddie), Katie Rowley-Jones (Sister Mary Robert), Julia Sutton (Sister Mary Lazarus), Claire Greenaway (Sister Mary Patrick), Sheila Hancock (Mother Superior), Ian Lavender (Monsignor Howard), Thomas Goodridge, Amy Booth Steel, Debbie Kurup.Commentaires : Was originally slated to close on January 1, 2011, but was forced to shutter early for Webber's new version of The Wizard of Oz.
Whoopi was forced to end her run early, but returned for one performance on October 22, and two each on October 23 and 25.Presse : FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It’s a wimple-wibbling, habit-forming triumph." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A show that feels less like a personally driven work of art than a commercial exploitation of an existing franchise...What was originally a fairytale fantasy, however, makes little sense in its new, vulgarised incarnation." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A rather sweet, sentimental film has been hyped up, coarsened... There’s less deft comedy, but much more music, most of it indebted to the 1970s, where the action is now set." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Sister Act proves more enjoyable on stage than it did on film...the cheers and standing ovation at the end were both genuine and deserved...With slick and witty choreography...and pacy direction...I suspect this musical comedy about a nun on the run could prove habit-forming...." LISA MARTLAND for THE STAGE says, "Highly recommended." QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "I hated its artistic laziness, its predictability, its incuriosity, its idea that disco is divine..."
Sister Act (2011-04-Broadway Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Broadway Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 28 previews - 561 représentationsPremière Preview : Thursday 24 March 2011Première : Wednesday 20 April 2011Dernière : Sunday 26 August 2012Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast • Producteur : Avec : Patina Miller (Deloris Van Cartier), Victoria Clark (ii) (Mother Superior), Sarah Bolt (Sister Mary Patrick), Marla Mindelle (Sister Mary Robert), Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus), Chester Gregory II (Eddie Souther), Fred Applegate (Monsignor Howard), John Treacy Egan (Joey), Demond Green (TJ), Kingsley Leggs (Curtis Shank)Commentaires : On January 31, 2011, several theatre sources reported that Raven-Symoné (of Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and That's So Raven! fame) would be replacing Patina Miller.
Recorded at the matinee on February 8, 2012 for the Lincoln Center Archives.Presse : "Tame, innocuous and frankly a little dull." Charles Isherwood for NY Times / "A blessed event has landed on Broadway. ... a feel-good crowd-pleaser worth celebrating." Joe Dziemianowicz for NY Daily News / "One of the season’s happiest surprises."
Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post / "Delivered with exceptional glee and polish."
Jeremy Gerard for Bloomberg / "A ramshackle yet agreeable film comedy with plausibility issues has here become an even more ramshackle and outlandish musical comedy that consistently diminishes its source." Erik Haagensen for Back Stage / "A lively and extremely funny musical comedy with an infectious score of new disco numbers" Robert Feldberg for The Record / "It’s not the most brilliant musical ever written, but plenty of laughter rocks the rafters." Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey / "Despite some missteps, Sister Act comes together to provide payoff in laughs, emotional uplift and spectacle. " David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter / "Glossy, but seems like a worn set of tires repatched too often." Steven Suskin for Variety
Smokey Joe's Café (1995-03-Virginia Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 4 ans 10 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 25 previews - 2036 représentationsPremière Preview : Thursday 09 February 1995Première : Thursday 02 March 1995Dernière : Sunday 16 January 2000Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Joey McKneely • Producteur : Avec : Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, Victor Trent Cook, B. J. Crosby, Pattie Darcy Jones, DeLee Lively, Frederick B. Owens, Michael Park, Louis St. LouisPresse : The theatre critic for the magazine Variety, in reviewing the Los Angeles tryout, noted that "the songwriters, director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Joey McKneely don't do enough packaging of the material, don't go far enough taking songs first heard on transistor radios and re-imagining them for the stage...There are a couple of halfhearted attempts at structure. The show opens and closes with the 1974 obscurity "Neighborhood," which suggests this will be a scrapbook of memories."
Ben Brantley, the theatre critic for The New York Times wrote that the revue "is a strangely homogenized tribute to one of popular music's most protean songwriting teams...There has obviously been a decision not to go for literal period nostalgia, so the songs are freed from their distinctive original contexts...Too often, though, the performers are simply singing into space without any ostensible reason for being there."
The theatre critic for The Guardian (London), noted that the London cast consists of "acting singers rather than singing actors, which suits a show where there's almost no acting to be done. Whew - no pesky plot development or subtexts, just a glut of glowing pop tunes...There's no attempt at chronology, or even biography."
According to the theatre critic for the Washington Post, Peter Marks, the revue "never quite attained smash-hit status", but it made popular the musical fashioned on the existing work of "pop composers already beloved by baby boomers."
Smokey Joe's Café (1996-10-Prince of Wales Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 an 11 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 813 représentationsPremière Preview : Tuesday 15 October 1996Première : Wednesday 23 October 1996Dernière : Saturday 03 October 1998Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks • Chorégraphie : Joey McKneely • Producteur : Avec : Victor Trent Cook, BJ Cosby, DeLee Lively, Deb Lyons, Stephanie Pope, Devin Richards, Robert Torti, Alton White and Harrison White.Commentaires : A straightforward compilation show of 39 numbers sung and danced by a cast of six black and three white performers, and a seven-piece band. There was no attempt to tell a story or create a plot – just two hours devoted to the music of Leiber & Stoller. A huge hit on Broadway, it was also highly praised when the all-American cast transferred to the West End, and managed a run of nearly two years. The highlight of the show was DeLee Lively in the number “Teach Me How to Shimmy”