Musical (1989)

Musique: Joseph Brooks
Paroles: Dusty Hughes • Joseph Brooks
Livret: Joseph Brooks • Suzan Brooks
Production à la création:

The city of Metropolis - around the year 2000. The workers operate vast machines below the city and power the privileged lives of the upper class on the surface of the city. Workers are forbidden to read and to learn. They never see daylight.

The city was built by John Freeman, who now runs it like a despot. His son, Steven, lives the privileged life of the sons of the upper class playing games and taking his pleasures in the Eternal Gardens, ignorant of the dark secrets below the city.

Soon, he discovers a young woman from the lower depths of the city. Maria escapes briefly from "down below" in an effort to educate the children of the workers how the rich enjoy themselves. In pursuit of this vision, Steven ends up at one of the machines. Shocked by seeing how the workers suffer for no meaningful purpose, he trades places with worker 11811 (George). A group of discontented workers poised for revolution attend inspirational homilies given by Maria in the catacombs.

Meanwhile, the inventor, Warner, has developed a human-like female machine - 'Futura'. John Freeman wants to use the machine to deceive his son Steven and the workers as an attempt to break down the burgeoning resistance. Freeman wants the machine to take the form of Maria and to use it to discredit and destroy her.

Synopsis complet

Metropolis is a musical based on the 1927 silent movie of the same name that was staged at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in 1989. The music was written by Joe Brooks, the lyrics by Dusty Hughes. The show was directed by Jerome Savary. The cast included Judy Kuhn, Brian Blessed, Graham Bickley, Jonathan Adams, Paul Keown and Stifyn Parri.

After that time Joe Brooks worked with American Randy Bowser at editing the already finished musical. By 2002 they had created a more complete libretto to the show, and it was first produced at the Pentacle Theater in Salem, Oregon.

Main changes between the silent film and the musical are name changes for many of the characters (Joh Fredersen = John Freeman, Freder Fredersen = Steven, Rotwang = Warner, Hel = Helen), slightly different religious themes, a completely different ending, and a larger focus on the children.

Act 1
"101.11 - Company
"Hold Back the Night" - Maria, Jade, George, Marco & Company
"The Machines are Beautiful" - Freeman
"He's Distant from Me Now" - Steven
"Elitists' Dance" (Instrumental)
"Children of Metropolis" - Maria
"One More Morning" - Steven
"It's Only Love" - Steven
"Bring on the Night" - Maria
"You are the Light" - Maria and Company
"The Sun" - George
"There's a Girl Down Below" - Jeremiah
"Futura" - Warner, Freeman and Company

Act 2
"We're the Cream" - Elitists
"This is Life" - Steven, Jeremiah and Company
"Futura's Dance" - Maria and Company
"If That Was Love" - Steven
"Listen to Me" - Steven and George
"Learning Song" - Maria and Children
"Old Friends" - Warner
"When Maria Wakes" - Company
"Futura's Promise" - Futura
"Haven't You Finished With Me?" - Maria and Warner
"Let's Watch the World Go to the Devil" - Futura and Company
"One of These Nights" - Maria
"Requiem" - Company
"Metropolis" - Freeman
"Finale" - Company

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Metropolis (1989-03-Piccadilly Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Piccadilly Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 6 mois
Nombre : 214 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 01 mars 1989
Dernière : samedi 02 septembre 1989
Mise en scène : Jerome Savary
Chorégraphie : Tom Jobe
Producteur :
Avec : Brain Blessed (John Freedman), Judy Kuhn (Maria/Futura), Graham Bickley (Steve), Jonathan Adams {Warner), Paul Keown (Jeremiah), Stiffyn Parri (George), Lindsay Danvers (Jade), Colin Fay (Groat), Megan Kelly (Lake), Robert Fardell (Marco), Lucy Dixon (Lulu), Kevin Power, Gael Johnson
Commentaires : Based on the 1927 Fritz Lang film, the musical version has changed some of the names and given the story a new ending. In spite of breathtaking scenery by Ralph Koltai, and a lavish production, the show received very mixed notices and came off after just six months, losing its entire £2.5 million investment. The authors did a lot of work rewriting the show and did get some provincial USA productions.

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