Musical (2007)

Musique: Gary Barlow
Paroles: Gary Barlow
Livret: Ed Curtis • Gary Barlow • Guy Jones
Production à la création:

The production, which features the catalogue of songs by Take That, is a feel-good comedy about love, friendship, ambition and betrayal. Set in Manchester, NEVER FORGET follows the rollercoaster journey of young hero ‘Ash’ and his best mates in the pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, each of them discovers that pretending to be someone else can sometimes help you discover who you really are. Packed with all the classic Take That songs, the show includes Relight My Fire, Pray, Back For Good, Babe and, of course, Never Forget.

The plot of Never Forget has been through several incarnations since the initial workshop production which toured the UK in 2007. Each version of the script is deliberately different in order to update the setting of the show. When the original production played, Take That had just reformed and the show referenced this. In more recent productions, the charactes have noted the success the boyband have seen since their comeback.

Act 1
Ash Sherwood is a struggling singer-songwriter in Manchester, England, with dreams of making it big. He proposes to his girlfriend Chloe and, to his surprise, she accepts ("Could It Be Magic"), and the couple's engagement party follows. Ash's mum's pub, 'The Three Bells' is under threat due to mounting debt, and Ash needs to raise money quickly. Taking a desperate chance, Ash and his best friend, Jake Turner (Chloe's older brother), decide to audition for a tribute band set to be entered into the lucrative 'Battle of the Tribute Bands' competition. Holding the auditions is Ron Freeman, an eccentric but hard-nosed band manager. With money problems of his own, Ron is looking for a group of lads he can mould into the ultimate Take That tribute band.

At the audition ("Pray"), the band come together as Ash and Jake are joined by three others: Adrian Banks, an introverted bank manager trying to win back his adulterous wife; Dirty Harry, a dim but endearing stripper who is desperate to escape the world of stripping; and Jose Reize, a Spaniard come to England in search of fame and fortune, and happy to escape from his overbearing mother. Once Ron chooses the band members, rehearsals begin, and the boys are joined by their new choreographer and backing dancers ("Pray" (reprise)). In her dark and empty pub, Babs Sherwood has just received her final eviction notice. She reminisces over her years spent behind the bar ("Never Forget"). Ash promises Babs that he will save the pub with his competition winnings (if they win). Chloe, immersed in wedding magazines, wants the perfect wedding. Babs tries to convince Ash that it's too late for the pub, and the money would be better spent on the wedding.

The following day at the gym, the boys are working out with their choreographer and backing dancers. Jake tries to hit on the choreographer, who is not best pleased with the bands progress in the rehearsal room; she turns on him and calls the band amateurs. The argument between the band members and choreographer turns into a 'dance off' between the boys and the backing dancers ("Take That and Party"). Ron enters the gym's changing room to discover the boys messing around, and he lectures them about dedication. He makes them sign his contract and relays the news that they are scheduled to perform a 'practice gig' the next night at a local pub in Salford.

The following evening, back stage at the pub, Ron gives the band his pre show pep talk and inspires them with stories of "World Ruddy Domination". Ron takes Ash aside to tell him that there will be somebody special watching the performance. On stage at the pub, the boys lose their confidence in front of the audience, and the other four leave Ash alone to begin the number ("Babe"). Inspired by Ash's performance, the others regain their confidence and join Ash on stage. Ron and Annie Borrowman, Ron's record-producer friend, watch the performance from the sidelines. After the performance, they take Ash aside and offer him a special contract – a solo deal. Ash tells Chloe about the offer, vowing to try to talk Annie into taking the rest of the group as well.

On Ash's Stag Night, whilst queuing outside the Salsa Bar, Ash and his friends bump into Chloe and her friends out for her Hen Night. Ash's mum forces them to combine the 2 parties inside the club ("It Only Takes a Minute"). Ron and Annie turn up for the party, and Chloe discovers that Annie is after more than just Ash's talent. Ash is unable to convince Annie to take on any of the other boys as part of her special deal. A jealous Chloe throws her drink at Annie. Outside the club, Chloe and Ash argue over Annie and the special deal. Chloe shouts "Do What You Like", leaving Ash alone to make his choice: loyalty to his friends and fianceé or his solo career.

The next day, at the Three Belles Pub, Chloe tells her brother and the rest of the group about Annie's secret offer. Ash enters and is forced to tell them that he has decided to take Annie's offer, which could lead to stardom, and to leave the boys and their tribute band behind. The rest of the band leave Chloe and Ash behind in disgust. Chloe is upset, and after another argument calls off the engagement. Ash is left alone with his thoughts and wanders in the rain ("Back for Good"). Ash and Chloe are unable to resolve their differences. The rest of the band and the crowd returns ("Never Forget" (reprise)) and the rain stops.

Act 2
The front cloth flies out to reveal the four remaining band members tap dancing to the tune of ("I Found Heaven"), but there is a void where Ash should be. The four boys carry on without him. In a back stage dressing room, Chloe decides to join the group to fill in Ash's missing space. The four boys, happy with that resolution, decide to visit Ash to make peace. In the TV studio, Ash is busy rehearsing his own number with his new dancers under the scrutinising eye of Annie ("Every Guy"). The four boys enter, interrupting the rehearsal to speak to Ash, and Annie reluctantly gives them five minutes. During this time the boys make up, but Harry accidentally lets on that Chloe has replaced Ash in their band. Ash is struck with a sudden pang of jealousy.

After the rehearsal is finished, Annie decides to take Ash out for a quiet drink to discuss his career. The 'drink' ends in a seedy pole dancing club where Annie seduces Ash ("Once You've Tasted Love"). The next morning, Chloe appears at Ash's flat in Manchester to try to resolve their problems. Annie appears in the doorway inside half dressed. Chloe flees, distraught, and wanders off into the streets of Manchester ("Love Ain't Here Anymore").

In Ash's backstage dressing room, he is preparing to go on stage to perform his own entry in the 'Battle of the Bands' competition. His mum gives him a 'right good telling off' for the way he has treated Chloe, when Annie enters to tell Ash he should be warming up. Babs and Annie have a massive argument, during which Annie reveals that the money he was expecting for his deal actually went to Ron to Buy him out of his previous contract. Babs finally tells Ash he is too late to save the pub anyway, it's gone. They leave Ash alone, but when Ron enters, Ash throws him to the ground in a heated rage before storming off. Ron is left alone with his own thoughts ("Never Forget").

In the band's dressing room, the four boys are preparing to go on stage to perform their number for the competition. Ash joins them and wants to make amends; he's decided to break his deal with Annie and re-join his friends in their tribute band. They agree to accept him back. Chloe arrives to discover that they have let Ash back into the band without her approval, and she storms off. On The Battle of the Bands concert stage, the final act is announced. Amidst spectacular flames, the band perform ("Relight My Fire"), with Chloe reluctantly taking on the role made famous by Lulu. After the performance, the competition winners are announced, with the band a winner. Ron joins the band on stage to apologise for selling Ash off to Annie. Ash forgives him, and they all leave a happy Ron on stage with his trophy.

Outside the concert hall, Ash chases after Chloe, wanting to make things right, and they reconcile ("A Million Love Songs"). Later, at the church where wedding guests are arriving, the children's choir and priest are on the pulpit. Ash and Chloe enter and walk up the isle under a trumpet fanfare of "Never Forget". The children's choir sing as the couple are married, and after the ceremony is complete, all join in.

Un 'Juke-Box Musical' surprenant… Une très belle production anglaise.

1 Never Forget peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de Boyband Take That

The musical Never Forget premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, in July 2007 prior to a short UK tour. The show was nominated for the 2008 WOS Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Touring Production and received generally favourable notices. It then re-opened at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England, in March 2008 for a second six-city pre-West End tour.

The musical began previews on 7 May 2008 at the Savoy Theatre in London and officially opened on 21 May 2008 to generally favourable reviews. The tours and West End production were both directed by Ed Curtis and choreographed by Karen Bruce. The set design was by Bob Bailey, lighting design by James Whiteside, sound design by Richard Brooker and costume design by Christopher Woods. The production closed at the Savoy on 15 November 2008.

The original touring production is available on DVD, filmed on the press night at Manchester Opera House.

Act 1
Overture:(Never Forget)
Could It Be Magic - Ash, Chloe and Chorus
Pray - Ash, Jake, Adrian, Harry and Jose
Never Forget - Babs ++
Take That and Party - Ash, Jake, Adrian, Harry, Jose and Backing Dancers
Babe - Ash, Jake, Adrian, Harry and Jose
It Only Takes a Minute - Chorus
Do What U Like - Ash and Chorus +
Back for Good/Never Forget Medley Ash, Chloe, Jake, Adrian, Harry, Jose and Chorus

Act 2
I Found Heaven - Jake, Adrian, Harry, Jose and Chorus
Every Guy - Ash
Once You've Tasted Love - Annie
Love Ain't Here Anymore - Chloe
Never Forget (reprise) - Ron ++
Relight My Fire - ''Ash, Jake, Adrian, Harry, Jose and Chloe
A Million Love Songs - Ash and Chloe
Never Forget ''Ash, Chloe, Jake, Adrian, Harry, Jose, Children's Choir and Chorus
Never Forget Remix - Full Company

+ In the 2009 tour of the UK, the song Do What U Like was played only as instrumental at a scene changeover, whereas it was sung by Ash with the chorus in the original production.
++ With the exception of the finale, Never Forget and its reprise are sung as ballads by Babs and Ron respectively. The chorus is not sung in these versions, changing the tone and meaning of the piece. The finale is sung in the original format made famous by Take That.

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Never Forget

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Never Forget

In April 2006, EMI licensed the Take That songs to be used in Never Forget. At the time, Take That had not performed together since the 1990s. Soon thereafter, however, the band re-formed. In 2007, Take That posted the following statement on their website: "The band would like to state categorically that this production is being undertaken with neither their involvement nor their endorsement. They would wish their fans and the general public to know that this production is absolutely and 100 per cent nothing to do with Take That."[10]
After the musical's opening in London, Gary Barlow told the BBC, "At first I thought it sounded horrible... [but] the reports I've seen have been really good so there must be something good in it. I'm just worried that they're better than us."

Version 1

Never Forget (2007-07-UK Tour)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 20 July 2007
Dernière: 22 September 2007
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Dean Chisnall (Ash), Craig Els (Jake), Stephane Anelli (Jose), Tim Driesen (Adrian), Eaton James (Harry), Nancy Sullivan (Chloe), Alexis Owen Hobbs (Annie), Teddy Kempner (Ron), Anita Booth (Babs), Suzy Bastone, Adam C. Booth, Ivan De Freitas, David O'Dell, Scott Maurice, Amber Rimell, Leigh Anne Stone, Tamara Wall, Richard Taylor Woods, Ashley Andrews, Ben Skevy, Natalie Sommerville, Anna Woodside, Elliot Nixon
Commentaires : Dates du Tour
Commentaires longs: Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre du 20 Juillet au 4 Août 2007
Glasgow, King's Theatre du 8 au 18 Août 2007
Manchester, Opera House du 22 Août au 1er Septembre 2007
Stoke, Regent Theatre du 4 au 8 Septembre 2007
Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre du 18 au 22 Septembre 2007

Version 2

Never Forget (2008-02-Pre West End Tour)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Pre West-End Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 22 February 2008
Première: 22 February 2008
Dernière: 12 April 2008
Mise en scène : Ed Curtis
Chorégraphie : Karen Bruce
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Dean Chisnall (Ash Sherwood), Craige Els (Jake Turner ), Tim Driesen (Adrian Banks), Eaton James (Dirty Harry ), Stephane Anelli (Jose Reize), Sophia Ragavelas (Chloe Turner), Joanne Farrell (Annie Borrowman), Teddy Kempner (Ron Freeman), Marilyn Cutts (Babs Sherwood)
Commentaires : Dates du Tour
Commentaires longs: 8 Avril 08 au 12 Avril 08 - New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London
19 Mars 08 au 29 Mars 08 - Theatre Royal, Brighton
11 Mars 08 au 15 Mars 08 - Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
4 Mars 08 au 8 Mars 08 - Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
22 Février 08 au 1 Mars 08 - Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Version 3

Never Forget (2008-05-Savoy Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 5 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 07 May 2008
Première: 21 May 2008
Dernière: 15 November 2008
Mise en scène : Ed Curtis
Chorégraphie : Karen Bruce
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Dean Chisnall (Ash Sherwood), Craige Els (Jake Turner ), Tim Driesen (Adrian Banks), Eaton James (Dirty Harry ), Stephane Anelli (Jose Reize), Sophia Ragavelas (Chloe Turner), Joanne Farrell (Annie Borrowman), Teddy Kempner (Ron Freeman), Marilyn Cutts (Babs Sherwood)
Commentaires : Originally premiered in Cardiff in July 2007, followed by a successful tour, the show was re-staged in March 2008 for a six city pre-West End tour. It was a lavish £3 million production with songs written by Gary Barlow and several others, and received very good notices. It ran for six months, closing on November 15th because the Savoy was p r e - b o o k e d f o r “Carousel”. The original plan had been to transfer “Never Forget” to the smaller Lyric Theatre, but it seems the producers wanted to pay lower salaries at the smaller theatre, and Equity resisted. With such a large cast the show had rarely covered its weekly costs, so the transfer was abandoned. It was said the entire £3 million investment was lost on this show
Presse : FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Ed Curtis's production is a riot of fake tans, outrageous costumes and the highest-octane choreography the West End has seen in years."
ESTHER WALKER for THE INDEPENDENT says, "The show is good. It's fast-paced and lively, funny and easy on the eye, and the songs have been lovingly and faithfully adapted to the stage."
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "I was both smiling and tapping my foot...Pacy production is blessed with a succession of highly energetic, enjoyably erotic dance routines."
LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "There are flashes of droll humour, the actors are engaging and there is a lively vulgarity."
DOMINIC MAXWELL for THE TIMES says, "While it's played at a zip and sung with a smile, it's terrible old cobblers and it knows it."

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