Musical (1975)

Musique: Larry Grossman
Livret: Hal Hackady
Production à la création:

The Peanuts characters, Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt and Peppermint Patty are depicted in the musical. The show takes the form of a series of self contained vignettes but the overall theme is of Snoopy's growing independence which makes Charlie Brown feel increasingly insecure. The following songs are featured in the musical, those marked (*) were originally added for the 1982 London performance.

Act I
As the curtain rises, each character enters and finds Snoopy atop his doghouse, and they all describe "The World According To Snoopy". Later, Lucy and Charlie Brown have a brief discussion of why he has chosen Snoopy for a pet ("Snoopy's Song"), which almost leads to Lucy getting Charlie Brown to buy a new pet. Snoopy, hoping to please his owner, decides to try to follow Charlie Brown's directions better. Meanwhile, Woodstock begins his day ("Woodstock's Theme"), but to his dismay, he seems to have falllen in love with a worm. Peppermint Patty has similar problems with love, wishing that she could be prettier to impress Charlie Brown ("Hurry Up Face").

In school, the group hopes that the teacher will not call on them to answer a question about the famous poet "Edgar Allan Poe". On "Mother's Day", Snoopy reflects on how much he misses his lost mother. Meanwhile, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy have a happy discussion on what they've learned in their lives ("I Know Now").

On Halloween, Linus, along with a reluctant Snoopy, awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin during "The Vigil" in the pumpkin patch. Later, the group looks up at the sky where they imagine no clouds, but instead Mount Rushmore, dragons and twenty milk-white horses ("Clouds"), but when asked what he sees, Charlie Brown can only sadly say, "A horsie and a duckie."

Snoopy enters as the Easter Beagle to hand out bright Easter eggs to everyone, except Charlie Brown. A dejected Charlie Brown, musing on the new independence of his pet, is left alone ("Where Did That Little Dog Go?"). Similar events progress, and Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and Sally try to sell Snoopy for a "Dime A Dozen", though Snoopy is quick to realize that he must mend his ways and wishes that he could start over ("Daisy Hill").

Life soon goes back to normal and the gang seems to have forgotten those events. They are however, beginning to think, as Lucy says, that they live "in the most boring place in the whole stupid world!", all of them asking the same question: "When Do The Good Things Start?"

Act II
Unfortunately, Playbeagle has decided not to publish Snoopy's manuscript, but Snoopy's spirits remain undaunted even amid the throes of rejection, as "The Great Writer" begins his new story. Later, Peppermint Patty sarcastically expresses her love for Charlie Brown ("Poor Sweet Baby"). Sally, seeing leaves fall from a tree, remarks that there is something to learn from the cycle of life: "Don't Be Anything Less Than Everything You Can Be". While sitting atop his doghouse, putting the finishing touches on his new story, Snoopy receives a letter delivered by Woodstock: he has become Head Beagle ("The Big Bow Wow").

Later, the gang begins a discussion of Christmas and innocence. Then, looking up at the starry sky, Charlie Brown remarks "I think that there must be a tiny star out there that is my star." They reflect on their friendships and realize that if one person changes their world, they might as well be friends forever ("Just One Person"). Linus remarks to Charlie Brown, "Well, as Lucy always says, he isn't much of a dog." Snoopy replies, "But, after all, who is?"

San Francisco (1975)
Snoopy: The Musical premiered on December 9, 1975 at the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California. Directed by Arthur Whitelaw, the cast featured Don Potter, Jimmy Dodge, and Pamela Myers.

Off-Broadway (1982-1983)
The musical was produced Off-Broadway at the Lamb's Theatre from December 20, 1982 through May 1, 1983. Directed by Whitelaw, the cast included David Garrison as Snoopy, Terry Kerwin as Charlie Brown and Vicki Lewis as Peppermint Patty. Lorna Luft played Peppermint Patty starting on February 21, 1983.

Canadian Premiere (1983)
The musical was first produced legitimately in Canada by the Toronto Civic Light Opera Company in January 1983. Directed by Joe Cascone, the cast included Brad Donovan, Fiona Watt, Alicia mcShane and John McGregor. The company revived the show in 1995 with Cascone now playing the title role, featuring Julie Lennick, Eddy Morassutti, Jay Crawford.

West End (1983-1984)
The musical ran at the West End Duchess Theatre from September 20, 1983 through November 11, 1984 for 479 performances, starring Teddy Kempner as Snoopy and featuring Susie Blake. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Musical of the Year, and Kempner was nominated for Actor of the Year in a Musical.

West End revival (2003)
Snoopy was revived at the West End Jermyn Street Theatre in February 2003 for 14 performances. It was directed by Joseph Pitcher and featured Stephen Carlile as Snoopy and Neil Gordon-Taylor as Charlie Brown.

New York concert (2004)
A concert presentation of Snoopy! was held at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan, New York City, on April 12, 2004. Christian Borle starred in the title role, with Deven May as Charlie Brown, Sutton Foster as Peppermint Patty, Ann Harada as Lucy, Hunter Foster as Linus, and Jennifer Cody as Sally.

London (2004)
The musical ran at the New Players Theatre in London, in July 2004, with several cast members from the Jermyn Street production and again directed by Whitelaw, the original director.

Act I
Overture (Orchestra) †
The World According To Snoopy (Ensemble)
Snoopy's Song (Snoopy & Ensemble)
Woodstock's Theme (Orchestra)
Hurry Up Face (Peppermint Patty,) †
Edgar Allan Poe (Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Charlie Brown)
Mother's Day (Snoopy) †
I Know Now (Sally, Peppermint Patty, Lucy)
The Vigil (Linus)
Clouds (Ensemble)
Where Did That Little Dog Go? (Charlie Brown)
Dime A Dozen (Lucy, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Sally) †
Daisy Hill (Snoopy)
When Do The Good Things Start? (Ensemble)†

Act II
Entr'Acte (Orchestra)
The Great Writer (Snoopy)
Poor Sweet Baby (Peppermint Patty)
Don't Be Anything Less Than Everything You Can Be (Sally, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown)
The Big Bow-Wow (Snoopy)
Just One Person/Don't Be Anything Less Than Anything You Can Be (Reprise) (Ensemble)

† Added for the London version

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Version 1

Snoopy - the musical (1975-12-Redwood City-San Francisco)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Redwood City (San Francisco - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 6 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 09 December 1975
Première: 09 December 1975
Dernière: 05 July 1976
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: James Gleason (Charlie Brown), Pamela Myers (Peppermint Patty), Randi Kallan (Sally), Don Potter (Snoopy), Cathy Cahn (Woodstock), Jimmy Dodge (Linus), Janell Pulis (Lucy)

Version 2

Snoopy - the musical (1982-12-Lamb's Theatre-Off Broadxway)

Type de série: Original Off-Broadway
Théâtre: Lamb's Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 152 représentations
Première Preview : 20 December 1982
Première: 20 December 1982
Dernière: 01 May 1983
Mise en scène : Arthur Whitelaw
Chorégraphie : Marc Breaux
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Cathy Cahn (Woodstock), Kay Cole (Lucy), Stephen Fenning (Linus), David Garrison (Snoopy), Deborah Graham (Sally Brown), Terry Kirwin (Charlie Brown), Lorna Luft (Peppermint Patty)

Version 3

Snoopy - the musical (1983-09-Duchess Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Duchess Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 479 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 20 September 1983
Dernière: 11 November 1984
Mise en scène : Arthur Whitelaw
Chorégraphie : Kay Cole
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Anthony Best (Woodstock), Susie Blake (Sally Brown), Zoe Bright (Lucy), Nicky Croydon (Peppermint Patty), Mark Hadfield (Linus), Teddy Kempner (Snoopy), Robert Locke (Charlie Brown)
Commentaires : The production originated at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury. This show had a long run, a year and 2 months—surprising inasmuch as “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” had achieved a very much shorter in 1968. The production was nominated for an Olivier Award Best New Musical of the Year, and Teddy Kempner was nominated for Actor of the Year in a Musical.

Version 4

Snoopy - the musical (2003-02-Jermyn Street Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Jermyn Street Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 19 February 2003
Première: 19 February 2003
Dernière: 01 March 2003
Mise en scène : Joseph Pitcher
Chorégraphie : Joseph Pitcher • Claire Winsper
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Alice Chiver (Woodstock), Gemma Maclean (Sally Brown), Sarah Lark (Lucy), Cassidy Janson (Peppermint Patty), Stuart Piper (Linus), Stephen Carlisle (Snoopy), Neil Gordon-Taylor (Charlie Brown)

Version 5

Snoopy - the musical (2004-07-New Players Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Charing Cross Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 14 July 2004
Première: 21 July 2004
Dernière: 15 August 2004
Mise en scène : Arthur Whitelaw
Chorégraphie : Kay Cole
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Alex Woodhall (Woodstock), Clare Louise Connolly (Sally Brown), Sarah Lark (Lucy), Kellie Ryan (Peppermint Patty), Stuart Piper (Linus), Robin Armstrong (Snoopy), Steven Kynman (Charlie Brown)
Commentaires : This show was the opening production at the New Players Theatre, underneath the arches in Charing Cross. The lavishly refurbished new venue (although very similar to the old one, was one or two arches further along.)

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