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001 Pirates of Penzance (The) (Revival)
Joué durant  1 an 5 mois - Drury Lane Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mercredi 26 mai 1982
Dernière: sam 29 octobre 1983


Metteur en scène:
Wilford Leach •  
Chorégraphe:
Graciela Daniele •  
Avec:

Tim Curry (Pirate King), Pamela Stephenson (Mabel), George Cole (Major General), Michael Praed (Frederic), Annie Ross (Ruth), Bonnie Langford, Louise Gold 

Commentaire:

This was based on Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival Production. It was a completely “new” look at the show - a kind of Broadway version of G&S - and received excellent notices for its exuberance and sheer fun (without straying too far from the original!)
It ran for 17 months, finishing on October 29th, 1983  (plus) 

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002 Human Comedy (The) (Original)
Joué durant  4 mois 1 semaine - Public Theatre - Anspacher (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)

Première preview: mer 28 décembre 1983
Première: mercredi 28 décembre 1983
Dernière: ven 04 mai 1984


Metteur en scène:
Wilford Leach •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

Ulysses ... Josh Blake / Helen ... Anne Marie Bobby / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Thief ... Christopher Edmonds / Miss Hicks ... Laurie Franks / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Homer ... Stephen Geoffreys / Beautiful Music ... Delores Hall / Trainman ... David Johnson (i) / Voice of Matthew & Marcus ... Don Kehr 

Commentaire:

  

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003 Human Comedy (The) (Original Broadway)   
Joué durant  1 semaine - Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

  20 previews & 13 représentations 

Première preview: mar 20 mars 1984
Première: jeudi 05 avril 1984
Dernière: dim 15 avril 1984


Metteur en scène:
Wilford Leach •  
Chorégraphe:
 
Avec:

Homer Macauley ... Stephen Geoffreys / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Spangler ... Rex Smith / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Mrs. Kate Macauley ... Bonnie Koloc / Marcus Macauley ... Don Kehr / Bess Macauley ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio / Ulysses Macauley ... Josh Blake / Mary Arena ... Caroline Peyton / Tobey ... Joseph Kolinski 

Commentaire:

Like Hair and A Chorus Line before it, The Human Comedy garnered reviews favorable enough to prompt Papp to transfer it a larger, uptown Broadway house. After twenty previews, with its downtown director and cast intact, it opened on April 5, 1984 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for only 13 performances. The general reaction being this was more an oratorio for the concert platform rather than a conventional theatre.

Frank Rich's critique of the original production had been positive, but New York Times policy prohibited re-reviewing shows unless they were changed substantially, so his earlier comments were overshadowed by those damaging ones made more recently by Clive Barnes, among others. The general consensus was that The Human Comedy, with its intimate story staged in a semi-oratorio style with no scenery save for rear projections used to define each scene's locale, was not suited for a large venue with a conventional proscenium stage. Following Dude and Via Galactica, it was MacDermot's third critical and commercial failure, and proved to be his last attempt at a Broadway musical.  (plus) 

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004 Mystery of Edwin Drood (The) (Original)
Joué durant  1 an 5 mois 2 semaines - Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)

  24 previews & 608 représentations 

Première preview: mar 12 novembre 1985
Première: lundi 02 décembre 1985
Dernière: sam 16 mai 1987


Metteur en scène:
Wilford Leach •  
Chorégraphe:
Graciela Daniele •  
Avec:

George Rose (Mayor Thomas Sapsea / Your Chairman, Mr. William Cartwright), Howard McGillin (John Jasper / Clive Paget), George N. Martin (Rev. Mr. Crisparkle / Cedric Moncrieffe), Betty Buckley (Edwin Drood / Alice Nutting), Jana Schneider (Helena Landless / Janet Conover), John Herrera (Neville Landless / Victor Grinstead), Jerome Dempsey (Durdles / Nick Cricker), Cleo Laine (Princess Puffer / Angela Prysock), Joe Grifasi (Servant (Philip Bax)), Peter McRobbie (Stage Manager, Barkeep, Harold / James Throttle 

Commentaire:

During the Broadway run the title was changed to Drood, primarily for publicity purposes.  (plus) 

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005 Mystery of Edwin Drood (The) (Original London)
Joué durant  1 mois 4 semaines - Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

68 représentations 

Première preview: jeu 07 mai 1987
Première: jeudi 07 mai 1987
Dernière: sam 04 juillet 1987


Metteur en scène:
Wilford Leach •  
Chorégraphe:
Graciela Daniele •  
Avec:

Ernie Wise (Chairman/ William Cartwright), Lulu (Princess Puffer/Angela Prysock) , Julia Hills (Edwin Drood/Alice Nutting), Kevin Ranson (Stage Manager/ James Throttle), David Burt (John Jasper/Clive Paget), Paul Bentley, Martin Wimbush, Amanda Dainty 

Commentaire:

The 1985 Broadway production with Betty Buckley and Cleo Laine ran for 608 performances and picked up four Tony Awards, and yet the London version was a flop.  (plus) 

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