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Musical (1983)

Musique: Jerry Herman
Paroles: Jerry Herman
Livret: Harvey Fierstein

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Palladium Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 8 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 301 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mercredi 07 mai 1986
Dernière : samedi 31 janvier 1987
Mise en scène : Arthur Laurents
Chorégraphie : Scott Salmon
Avec : Denis Quilley (Georges), George Hearn (Albin), Jonathan Morris (Jean-Michel), Wendy Roe (Anne), Brian Glover (Edouard Dindon), Julia Sutton (Mme Dindon), Phyllida Law (Jacqueline), Donald Waugh (Jacob)
Commentaires : Based on the 1973 play by Jean Poiret, this was a huge risk - Broadway’s first ever gay musical. The first-night audience seemed a little shocked by the opening chorus of transvestite Cagelles, but dutifully applauded. Then came the crunch: a “love scene” between two men, Georges and Albin – openly expressed with physical contact. There were nervous titters. It was dicey, but George Hearn and Gene Barry played as though they were alone with their love. And then Gene sang, so simply, so truly, a love ballad. The audience cheered and applauded.
They were applauding the song, of course, but this applause was an historical moment in musical theatre history. This was the very moment when a gay relationship was accepted on equal terms with every other boy-girl relationship in the world of musical comedy. More followed when, at the end of the first act, Albin, dressed as a drag queen, sang “I Am What I Am”. If he was scared, he didn’t show it. In the wings the whole company was in tears. Much of the audience was in tears. This was another historical moment: a plea for tolerance and liberation, and one that didn’t fall on deaf ears. Broadway’s first “gay musical” turned out to be a 1,176 performance mega-hit.
And yet the London production ran just nine months: the gay bits were not going to shock a London audience. London had seen it all before.

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