Musical (1992)

Musique: Daniel Levine
Paroles: Peter Kellog
Livret: Peter Kellog
Production à la création:

En 1870, en Russie, Anna Karenine est une femme vertueuse mariée à un haut fonctionnaire de l'administration impériale, âgé de 15 ans de plus qu'elle. Anna tombe amoureuse du beau et charmant Comte Alexis Vronsky, mais elle est déchirée par sa loyauté envers son mari et son jeune fils.
Vronsky avait d'abord courtisé Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky, qui l'avait préféré à Konstantin Dmitrievich Levin, un riche fermier. Quand Vronsky tombe lui aussi amoureux de Anna, Kitty tombe malade, et Vronsky, écoeuré, se retire dans sa propriété à la campagne. Kitty et Levin se déclarent finalement leur amour l'un pour l'autre.
Le choix amoureux d'Anna mène à la tragédie: son affaire avec Vronsky est révélée, et elle est chassée; finalement, elle se jettera sous un train,

Acte I
Anna Karenina, a handsome woman in her late twenties, is visiting her brother, Stiva. She is travelling alone, without husband or son, for the first time. On the train meets a dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Also on the train is Constantin Levin, a brooding intellectual.
Levin runs into Stiva at the station confesses he's come to ask Kitty's sister-in-law, to marry him. Stiva warns Levin he has a rival in Vronsky. Stiva greets Anna and we hear the reason for her visit. Stiva has had an affair and
his wife, Dolly, has found out. Anna has come to ask Dolly to forgive him, but first she chastises Stiva.
The scene changes to the home of eighteen year-old Kitty, whither Dolly has fled. Anna arrives and tells Kitty about seeing Levin. Kitty suspects the reason for his return. Levin then and proposes. Reluctantly Kitty turns him down. Just then, Stiva arrives with Vronsky. Anna comes downstairs, having smoothed things over with Dolly. She recognises Vronsky as the attentive officer from the train. Stiva goes off to speak to Dolly, leaving the other four.
A week later, Anna is returning home. At a small station between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Anna steps outside for some air and is surprised to see Count Vronsky. He brazenly tells her he has followed her. She rebukes him and returns to the train.
The next morning, she arrives home to her husband, the much older Karenin, and her eight year-old son, Seryozha. Though both are glad to see her, she can't help feeling disappointment.
Meanwhile, Levin has returned to his country estate and sworn to forget Kitty. And Kitty, unknown to Levin, has fallen ill. She realises now she has turned down a man she liked in favour of a man who loves someone else.
Back in Petersburg, Anna keeps running into Vronsky at social occasions. Though she continues to rebuke him in words, her feelings betray her. That same night, Karenin decides to confront Anna about her behaviour. Unfortunately, in his desire to seem dispassionate, he convinces her that all he cares about is appearances. After a brief mental struggle, Anna orders the carriage and sets out for Vronsky's apartments. They declare their love for each other.

Acte II
Several months have passed. Anna and her husband now hardly speak. While Karenin is at work, Anna summons Vronsky to her home. She tells him that she's pregnant with his child. He insists they run off together, but Anna can't bear to leave her son. Karenin returns and the scene turns ugly. Anna asks for a divorce and she and Vronsky run off to Italy, leaving her son behind.
Stiva visits Levin at his country estate. While hunting, he tells Levin about Vronsky and Anna, and hints that Kitty might welcome another proposal. Levin insists he's over her.
In Italy, Anna has given birth to a little girl, but finds that strangely she feels no affection. She misses her son, she feels isolated, and she senses Vronsky's growing boredom.
Back in Moscow, Kitty is preparing for a trip when Levin arrives unexpectedly. He proposes again, and this time she accepts. Kitty, learning that Anna has returned to Moscow, visits to tell her the good news. Anna can't help contrasting Kitty's hopeful future with her own. Karenin has agreed to a divorce but won't give up Seryozha. And though she and Vronsky are to be wed, Anna senses he's tired of her. While Vronsky is visiting his mother, Anna resolves to go to St. Petersburg and see her son on his tenth birthday.
In Petersburg, we see a changed Karenin. The loss of Anna and his new responsibility for his son have softened him. After he sends Seryozha to bed, Anna arrives and begs to see the boy. Karenin tells her he has told Seryozha she's dead. Anna is furious, but Karenin convinces her that Seryozha is better off without her.
Anna returns to the railway station in despair. She has lost her son and is marrying a man who no longer loves her. She decides to end her life, but first imagines seeing her son one last time. Then she walks offstage into the light of an approaching train. In the last scene, a remorseful Vronsky says goodbye to Stiva before going off to war, while at the same time, we see Levin and a pregnant Kitty happily in love on his estate.

Anna Karénine est un roman de Léon Tolstoï paru en 1877. L'auteur y oppose le calme bonheur d'un ménage honnête (Levine et Kitty Cherbatski) aux humiliations et aux déboires qui accompagnent la passion coupable (Vronski et Anna Karénine). Le roman est mondialement considéré comme l'un des chefs-d'œuvres de la littérature réaliste.

1 Anna Karenina est une adaption à la scène d'une oeuvre littéraire: "Anna Karénine" Léon Tolstoï.

After eighteen previews, the Broadway production, directed by Theodore Mann and choreographed by Patricia Birch, opened on August 26, 1992 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. In keeping with the theatre's small size (by Broadway standards), the staging included a sparse set, an almost bare stage, and only seven members in the orchestra. In addition to Crumb and Cunningham, the cast included Scott Wentworth as Vronsky, Gregg Edelman as Constantin Levin, Melissa Errico as Princess Kitty Scherbatssky, and Jerry Lanning as Prince Oblonsky.
Anna Karenina was received poorly by the critics. Time deemed it "earnest, intermittently moving but never quite thrilling," while the New York Times was harsher, calling the show a "series of misperceptions and errors in judgment." Other critics believed the musical's approach to be trivial, including Variety, which declared the musical "comic-strip Tolstoy".
The musical ran for only 46 performances. It received Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical (Ann Crumb), Best Book of a Musical, Best Score of a Musical, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Gregg Edelman), as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination for Lanning.

01. Journey to Moscow - Anna, Vronsky, Levin & Ensemble
02. There's More to Life Than Love - Anna & Stiva
03. How Awful - Kitty
04. Would You? - Levin
05. In a Room - Kitty, Levin, Vronsky & Anna
06. Snowstorm Scene - Anna & Vronsky
07. Nothing Has Changed - Anna
08. I Shall Work - Levin
09. How Many Men? - Kitty
10. We Were Dancing - Vronsky
11. Karenin's List - Karenin
12. I'm Lost - Anna
13. Waiting for You - Anna & Vronsky
14. This Can't Go On - Anna, Vronsky & Karenin
15. That Will Serve Her Right - Levin
16. Everything's Fine - Anna & Vronsky
17. Would You (Reprise) - Levin & Kitty
18. I Never Dreamed - Kitty & Anna
19. Only at Night - Karenin
20. Finale / Seryozha / Epilogue - Anna & Ensemble

Count Alexis Vronsky
Anna Karenina
Constantine Levin
Train Conductor
Prince Stephen Oblonsky (Stiva)
Princess Kitty Scherbatsky
•Party Woman
• Korsunsky
•Party Man
• Vasily
•Station Guard
•Man at Ball
• Seryozha Karenin, Anna's son
• Annushka, Karenin's maid
• Nicolai Karenin, Anna's husband
• Princess Elizabeth Tversky (Betsey)
• Prince Yashvin/Finance Minister/Man at Ball

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Version 1

Anna Karenina (1992-08-Cirquel in the Square-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Circle in the Square Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 18 previews - 46 représentations
Première Preview : 11 August 1992
Première: 26 August 1992
Dernière: 04 October 1992
Mise en scène : Theodore Mann
Chorégraphie : Patricia Birch
Producteur :
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Avec: Anna Karenina - Ann Crumb / Nicolai Karenin - John Cunningham / Count Alexis Vronsky - Scott Wentworth / Princess Elizabeth Tversky - Jo Ann Cunningham / Constantine Levin - Gregg Edelman / Princess Kitty Scherbatsky - Melissa Errico / Prince Stephen Oblonsky - Jerry Lanning / Annushka - Darcy Pulliam / Seryozha Karenin - Erik Houston Saari / Masha - Amelia Prentice
Presse : "Charming, intelligent, and sophisticated ... tuneful and lyrical." -- Chicago Sun Times "Talented fellows Dan Levine and Peter Kellogg not only dug the essence out of Tolstoy's masterpiece but have strung it together with wit, color, and coherence." -- New York Post "Beguiling music! Anna Karenina does justice to Tolstoy." -- Newhouse Newspapers "Heartbreaking and hilarious ... sensuous and sweet." -- Pioneer Press "Broadway is lucky to be illuminated by the distinctive glow of Melissa Errico." -- New York Times "Errico displays a giddy exhilaration too rarely seen onstage." -- USA Today "The mastery of [Errico's] performance comes in the way she's able to keep two powerful emotions in play at once, whether in speech or song." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Version 2

Anna Karenina (2001-08-04-Bow Hall-Takarazuka) SNOW TROUPE

Type de série: Takarazuka
Théâtre: Bow Hall (Takarazuka - Japon)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 04 August 2001
Dernière: 13 August 2001
Mise en scène : Ueda Keiko
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Anna Karenina (2001-08-18-Nippon Seinenkan-Tokyo) SNOW TROUPE

Type de série: Takarazuka
Théâtre: Nippon Seinenkan (Tokyo - Japon)
Durée :
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 18 August 2001
Dernière: 24 August 2001
Mise en scène : Ueda Keiko
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
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Anna Karenina (2008-04-Bow Hall-Takarazuka) STAR TROUPE

Type de série: Takarazuka
Théâtre: Bow Hall (Takarazuka - Japon)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 05 April 2008
Dernière: 04 May 2008
Mise en scène : Ueda Keiko
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
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