Musical (1989)

Musique: Cy Coleman
Paroles: David Zippel
Livret: Larry Gelbart
Production à la création:

Alternating between real life and "reel" life, this musical tells the tale of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler.

The setting is Hollywood in the late 1940s, with two stories occurring simultaneously: a Hollywood comedy and a detective drama. The real-life scenes are in color and the movie scenes in black and white. Costumes and setting reflect the reality vs. Film.

Alaura Kingsley, a striking socialite, is ushered into detective Stone's office by Oolie, his loyal Girl Friday. Alaura hires him to find her step-daughter Mallory Kingsley, a beautiful "bad" girl, who will later turn up in Stone's office. Stone receives a brutal beating from two thugs and is framed for a murder. As the plot thickens, Stone's own past comes to haunt him. The relatively simple missing daughter case turns complicated and may end up costing Stone his life. It keeps getting more and more complicated, possibly because the author keeps rewriting it.

The author, Stine, is a novelist adapting his novel, City of Angels into a screenplay for movie mogul Buddy Fidler. Buddy, a charismatic and autocratic producer-director, has an immense ego and, although he claims to be a fan of Stine’s work, he continually demands rewrites from the increasingly reluctant Stine. As Stine struggles to keep both his job and his novel's integrity, his wife Gabby disapproves of his womanizing and leaves for New York on a business trip. Shortly afterwards, he begins an affair with Buddy's secretary Donna. Gabby discovers this and leaves him.

When Stine fulfills Buddy's request to remove a racially-motivated plotline from the screenplay, Stone himself grows frustrated with his author's lack of integrity and berates him for it. Creator and creation have an argument, which Stine wins by typing a scene where the detective is beaten up.

Stine flies to New York in an unsuccessful attempt to reconcile with Gabby, earning Buddy's ire. When he returns, he discovers that Buddy has drastically rewritten the film's ending to his own satisfaction and given himself a prominent co-writing credit. Stine appears on set for the first day of filming to confront the unrepentant Fidler and discovers, to his shock, that a popular crooner has been cast as his hard-boiled detective. With Stone himself at his side, Stine rips up the script and quits. He is about to be beaten by two studio guards, when, in a reversal on their earlier confrontation, Stone aids him by typing a scene allowing Stine to defeat the guards and win back both his wife and his self-respect.

Apart from Stine and Stone, the actors portraying the characters in Stine's movie double as the Hollywood executives and actors Stine encounters.

City of Angels opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre on December 11, 1989 and closed on January 19, 1992 after 878 performances and 24 previews. It was directed by Michael Blakemore with sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Florence Klotz.
While the show continued on Broadway, the Los Angeles company opened in June, 1991 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, running 6 months, with Stephen Bogardus as Stine, Lauren Mitchell as the villainess, and Randy Graff and James Naughton recreating their original roles. The production was revamped and embarked on a national tour, during which Barry Williams, of The Brady Bunch fame, took over the role of Stone. Jordan Leeds was chosen from the tour's ensemble to play Stine. The tour played venues from the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida in February 1992 to the National Theatre, Washington, DC in June 1992 to the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theatre, Syracuse, New York, in November 1992. The national tour closed in November 1992, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The musical opened in London's West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in March 1993 and ran until November 13, 1993. Blakemore again directed with Roger Allam as Stone and Martin Smith as Stine, with Henry Goodman as Buddy Fidler.
The theatre company Reprise! Broadway's Best production ran in January-February 2006 at Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Los Angeles. The cast featured Burke Moses (Stone), Vicki Lewis (Oolie), Tami Tappan Damiano (Gabby), and Stephen Bogardus (Stine).

Acte I
Prologue: Theme from City Of Angels
Double Talk – Stone and Alaura Kingsley
Double Talk – Buddy Fidler and Stine
What You Don't Know About Women – Gabby and Oolie
Ya Gotta Look Out For Yourself – Jimmy Powers and Angel City 4
The Buddy System – Buddy Fidler and Donna
With Every Breath I Take – Bobbi
The Niby Tennis Song – Stone and Alaura Kingsley
Ev'rybody's Gotta Be Somewhere – Stone and Angel City 4
Lost And Found – Mallory Kingsley
All Ya Have To Do Is Wait – Munoz, Yamato, Mahoney and Officer Pasco
You're Nothing Without Me – Stine and Stone

Acte II
Stay With Me – Jimmy Powers and Angel City
You Can Always Count On Me – Oolie
You Can Always Count On Me – Donna
Alaura's Theme-Orchestra & Chorus
It Needs Work – Gabby
L.A. Blues-Orchestra
With Every Breath I Take – Stone and Bobbi
Funny – Stine
I'm Nothing Without You – Stone, Stine and Gabby
Epilogue: Theme from City Of Angels
Double Talk Walk (Curtain Call)

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant City of Angel

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Version 1

City of Angel (1989-12-August Wilson Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 24 previews - 879 représentations
Première Preview : 21 November 1989
Première: 11 December 1989
Dernière: 19 January 1992
Mise en scène : Michael Blakemore
Chorégraphie : Walter Painter
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Stine … Gregg Edelman
Stone … James Naughton
Irwin S. Irving/Buddy Fidler … René Auberjonois
Oolie/Donna … Randy Graff
Alaura Kingsley/Carla Haywood … Dee Hoty
Bobbi/Gabby … Kay McClelland
Dr. Mandril/Barber … James Cahill
Margaret/Stand-In … Carolee Carmello
Munoz/Pancho Vargas … Shawn Elliott
Orderly/Officer Pasco/Gene … Tom Galantich

Version 2

City of Angel (1993-03-Goodspeed Opera House-East Haddam)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 23 September 2011
Première: 19 October 2011
Dernière: 27 November 2011
Mise en scène : Darko Tresnjak
Chorégraphie : Jennifer Paulson Lee
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Stine … D.B. Bonds
Stone … Burke Moses
Bobbi/Gabby … Laurie Wells
Alaura Kingsley/Carla Haywood … Liz Pearce
Donna/Oolie … Nancy Anderson
Buddy Fidler/Irwin Irving … Jay Russell
Jimmy Powers … Jeffrey David Sears
Luther Kingsley/Werner Krieger … Gregor Paslawsky
Lt. Muñoz/Pancho Vargas … Danny Bolero
Peter Kingsley/Gerald Pierce … Allen E. Read
Mallory Kingsley/Avril Raines … Kathleen Rooney
Dr. Mandril/Gilbert … Michael Keyloun
Big Six … Jerry Gallagher
Sonny … Spencer Rowe
Officer Pasco/Del Dacosta/Gene … Josh Powell
Mahoney … Robert J. Townsend
Margaret/Anna … Christina Morrell
The Angel City 4 … Mick Bleyer & Vanessa Parvin & Sierra A. Rein &
Adam West Hemming

Version 3

City of Angel (1993-03-Prince of Wales Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 255 représentations
Première Preview : 30 March 1993
Première: 30 March 1993
Dernière: 18 November 1993
Mise en scène : Michael Blakemore
Chorégraphie : Walter Painter
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Martin Smith (Stein), Roger Allam (Stone), Haydn Gwynne (Oolie/Donna), Henry Goodman (Buddy Fidler), Susannah Fellows, David Schofield, Matt Zimmerman, Andrew Halliday
Commentaires : The award-winning Broadway production opened in November 1989 and ran for 878 performances. This London version, in spite of winning several awards and being hailed by the critics, failed to catch on with the general public, who found the whole thing “too complicated”. It closed under eight months with losses estimated at £2.5 million.

Version 4

City of Angel (1998-09-Landor Theatre-London)

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

Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : 29 September 1998
Première: 29 September 1998
Dernière: 04 October 1998
Mise en scène : Eileen Gourlay
Chorégraphie : Tim Taylor
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Andrew Bain (Stein), Russell Wilcox (Stone), Claire Carpenter (Oolie/Donna), Jody Hall (Buddy Fidler), Claire Bryan, Beth Eden. Serena Giacomini. Matthew Gould, Barbara Hastings, William Wolfe Hogan, Abigail Hopkins, Anthony O’Driscoll
Commentaires : This was not a success. Following a string of “fringe” revivals, many critics were suggesting that small-scale, cut-down versions of established West End/Broadway musicals enabled the audience to concentrate more on the works themselves, and brought some interesting gains. However, not in this case. Fringe productions needed to be completely re-thought. This was just an attempt to produce West End glitz on a shoestring, and it failed.

Version 5

City of Angel (2020-03-Garrick Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Garrick Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 07 March 2020
Première: 24 March 2020
Dernière: 05 September 2020
Mise en scène : Josie Rourke
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser, Rebecca Trehearn, Vanessa Williams, Marc Elliott, Nick Cavaliere, Adam Fogarty, Mark Penfold, Rob Houchen, Joshua St Clair, Cindy Bellot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific, Ryan Reid.
Commentaires : The Donmar Warehouse's production of City of Angels, directed by Josie Rourke, is set to transfer to the Garrick Theatre in March 2020 starring Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser reprising their roles alongside Rebecca Trehearn and Vanessa Williams.

Version 6

City of Angels (2014-12-Donmar Warehouse-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Donmar Warehouse (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 05 December 2014
Première: 16 December 2014
Dernière: 07 February 2015
Mise en scène : Josie Rourke
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Samantha Barks (Mallory/Avril), Rosalie Craig (Gabby/Bobbi), Hadley Fraser (Stine), Nick Cavaliere (Sonny), Cameron Cuffe (Peter Kingsley) , Marc Elliott (Pancho Vargas/Lieutenant Munoz ), Adam Fogerty (Big Six ), Katherine Kelly (Carla/Alaura), Kadiff Kirwan (Angel City Four), Sandra Marvin (Angel City Four), Tam Mutu (Stone), Mark Penfold (Luther Kingsley ), Peter Polycarpou (Buddy Fidler), Jennifer Saayeng (Angel City Four), Jo Servi (Angel City Four), Rebecca Trehearn (Donna/Oolie), Tim Walton (Jimmy Powers)
Presse : "If there are angels up there, please answer my prayers and ensure this transfers." Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"Even if it’s not a perfect show, the presentation is immaculate. Robert Jones’s design is backed by a sky-scraping pile of manuscripts, suggesting the travails of the lone writer. The performances are also excellent ..." Michael Billington for The Guardian

"There is plenty to delight eye and ear in Josie Rourke’s production but I must say I became bored of it long before the end." Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

"At times the score strays towards frantic pastiche and the storytelling is a bit too ingenious for its own good. But this is a smart, seductive and often very funny show." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

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