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Capeman (The) (1997-12-Marquis Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Marquis Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 59 previews - 68 représentations
Première Preview : Monday 01 December 1997
Première : Thursday 29 January 1998
Dernière : Saturday 28 March 1998
Mise en scène : Mark Morris
Chorégraphie : Mark Morris
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Presse : Initial mainstream press reviews of The Capeman were overwhelmingly negative, though most had some praise for Simon's music.

Ben Brantley, reviewer for the New York Times, gave a very negative review, calling the show a "sad, benumbed spectacle" which was "unparalleled in its wholesale squandering of illustrious talents". He praised Simon's Songs From The Capeman album, but said that the translation to stage was lacking: "Everything in the music melts together; practically nothing that's said, done and shown on the stage seems to connect with anything else." Brantley admired Anthony and Blades' talents, but criticized the writing of their character, saying that Anthony "has been given no proper role to play". He wrote that the historical footage of Agron stole the show, especially young Sal's media statements that his mother could watch him burn. "Nothing that Mr. Anthony or Mr. Blades does in The Capeman begins to approach the disturbing complexity of that image."[3] However The Capeman was included in the New York Times year end Top Ten list for music in Theater.

There was a minority that appreciated the play, but these were generally outside the mainstream. An article in The Progressive suggests cultural factors that led to the bad reviews, citing mainstream backlash against Simon's disparagement of the Broadway system, and discomfort with racial and ethnic themes in the Broadway core audience. The article points out that reviews were generally positive among two groups: out of town critics, and non-white New York critics.