A group of seemingly hopeless amateurs from a variety of backgrounds sign on for a weekly evening class, none of them bent on fame or life in the chorus line, their common motive purely a couple of hours a week away from home, where they can briefly escape the cards life has dealt them.
“A lot of people thought the play Stepping Out was a musical, but it was a play about people who dance. Now it’s been totally re-shaped as a musical. I’ve had to change and cut the play drastically to accommodate 14 songs. STEPPING OUT - THE MUSICAL should be seen as an entirely new piece. It’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done because I like the genre so much. I love seeing the choreographer working--we’ve got a very good one, Kenn Oldfield--I love listening to people sing--I love listening to Denis King playing the piano and somebody singing. I just find that very exciting. Something about the music lifts me, and when the band arrives, there’s another lift. I think most people get a lift out of music; it’s an emotional charge. I hope we get the same feeling that we did with the play. The idea is to just give people a good time, really. A happy couple of hours in the theatre.” Richard Harris
01.One Night a Week - Mavis & Company
02. Quite - Andy & Geoffrey
03. Don't Ask Me - Rose & Company
04.Love To - Dorothy & Lynne
05.What Do Men Think? - Sylvia, Maxine, Rose, Dorothy
06. Too Much - Mavis
07.Never Feel the Same Again - Andy & Geoffrey
08. Definitely You - Vera & Company
09. One Night a Week (Reprise) - Company
10. Not Quite - Geoffrey
11.Just the Same - Maxine
12. What I Want - Rose, Sylvia, Maxine, & Dorothy
13. Once More - Maxine and Mavis
14. Loving Him - Rose, Mavis, Andy & Vera
15. Stepping Out - Company
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Stepping out - the musical (1997-10-Albery Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Noel Coward Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 4 mois Nombre : 142 représentationsPremière Preview : mercredi 08 octobre 1997Première : mardi 28 octobre 1997Dernière : samedi 28 février 1998Mise en scène : Julia McKenzie • Chorégraphie : Tudor Davies • Producteur : Avec : Liz Robertson (Mavis), Colin Wakefield (Geoffrey), Helen Bennett (Sylvia), Sharon D Clarke (Rose), Rachel Spry (Lynne), Carolyn Pickles (Vera), Barbara Young (Maxine), Helen Cotterill (Dorothy), Gwendolyn Watts (Mrs Fraser)Commentaires : The critic, Sheridan Morley, described it as the perfect British antidote to “A Chorus Line”. Where the Broadway show was all about the desperation to succeed at all showbiz costs, the British version is about the quieter pleasures of failure and inefficiency, and the joys of pulling together.Presse : CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH described the musical as " Glib and mawkish" and "Underpowered".
THE SUNDAY TIMES described the music as " Sub-Sondheimish" that does not add much to the show.
NICK CURTIS of THE EVENING STANDARD says the show is " low-key, low-brow entertainment."
SARA ABDULLA of TIME OUT disliked the music immensely saying Stepping Out has been saddled with music and lyrics "plumb butt-clenching depths of banality."
BILL HAGERTY of THE NEWS OF THE WORLD liked the show saying "Step lively for an uplifting evening."
BEN DOWELL for THE STAGE says, " Though rather amateurish, this show grows on you."
Stepping out - the musical (2017-03-Vaudeville Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Vaudeville Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 mois Nombre : Première Preview : mercredi 01 mars 2017Première : mardi 14 mars 2017Dernière : samedi 17 juin 2017Mise en scène : Maria Friedman • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Amanda Holden (Vera), Angela Griffin (Sylvia), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Maxine), Tamzin Outhwaite (Mavis), Nicola Stephenson (Dorothy)Commentaires : A new production of Stepping Out directed by Maria Friedman opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in March 2017 in London's West End, following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, the Richmond Theatre and the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Amanda Holden stars in the production alongside Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tamzin Outhwaite.
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