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A class act (2000)

Compositeur: Edward Kleban

Parolier: Edward Kleban

Librettiste: Linda Kline • Lonny Price

The musical is based on the life of composer-lyricist Ed Kleban, who died at the age of 48 in 1987. The musical uses flashbacks and the device of time running backwards to retrace the high and low points of Kleban's personal and professional life.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

The Tony Award winning lyricist of A CHORUS LINE was hell-bent on writing both the words and music for a Broadway show, a goal unrealized in 1987 when he died of cancer at the age of 48. Only posthumously would Ed's songs garner the acclaim they always deserved, in the biographical musical A CLASS ACT. Ed got his start in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop where he largely amasses the charismatic songbook that has been arranged in A CLASS ACT to dramatize Ed's often hilarious, ultimately heartbreaking journey. An ensemble of 7 inhabit the colorful gallery of friends and loved ones in Ed's life including the legendarily acerbic Lehman Engle, the relentlessly peppy Marvin Hamlisch, and Über-creative Michael Bennett. Fourteen years after his death, one of the theater's unsung champions finally got the recognition he always deserved in this vibrant musical about musicals.

Synopsis complet

 

Historique du musical

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Acte I
Light on My Feet – Ed and Company
The Fountain in the Garden – Company
One More Beautiful Song – Ed and Sophie
Fridays at Four – Company
Bobby's Song – Bobby
Charm Song – Lehman and Company
Paris Through The Window – Ed, Bobby and Charley
Mona – Mona
Under Separate Cover – Sophie, Lucy and Ed
Don't Do It Again – Felicia and Ed
Gauguin's Shoes – Ed and Company
Don't Do It Again (Reprise) – Lehman
Follow Your Star – Sophie and Ed

Acte II
Better – Ed and Company
Scintillating Sophie – Ed
The Next Best Thing To Love – Sophie
Broadway Boogie Woogie – Lucy
Better (Reprise) – Ed and Company
I Choose You – Ed and Lucy
The Nightmare – Ed
Say Something Funny – Company
When the Dawn Breaks – Ed
Self Portrait – Ed

Liste des rôles

Ed – Edward Kleban, lyricist and composer
Sophie – Ed's oldest friend and first love, an oncologist
Lehman Engel – head of the songwriting workshop
Michael Bennett – director/ choreographer of A Chorus Line
Marvin Hamlisch – composer of A Chorus Line
Lucy – Ed's last significant other, member of the BMI Workshop
Felicia – Ed's boss at Columbia Records, member of the BMI Workshop
Bobby – Ed's best friend, member of the BMI Workshop
Charlie – a friend from the workshop, member of the BMI Workshop
Mona – one of Ed's many love affairs, member of the BMI Workshop

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de A class act

Version 1

A class act (2000-10-New York City Center - Stage II) (Original Off-Broadway)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 03 octobre 2000
Première : mardi 03 octobre 2000
Dernière : dimanche 10 décembre 2000
Mise en scène : Lonny Price
Chorégraphie : Scott Wise
Avec : Avec: Lonny Price (Ed Kleban), Randy Graff (Sophie), David Hibbard (Bobby/Michael Bennett), Nancy Kathryn Anderson (Mona), Donna Bullock (Lucy), Sara Ramirez (Felicia), Patrick Quinn (Lehman Engel), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Charlie/Marvin Hamlisch)
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Version 2

A class act (2001-03-Ambassador Theatre-Broadway) (Broadway Transfer)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre : 30 previews - 105 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 14 février 2001
Première : dimanche 11 mars 2001
Dernière : dimanche 10 juin 2001
Mise en scène : Lonny Price
Chorégraphie : Scott Wise
Avec : Avec: Lonny Price (Ed Kleban), Randy Graff (Sophie), David Hibbard (Bobby/Michael Bennett), Nancy Kathryn Anderson (Mona), Donna Bullock (Lucy), Sara Ramirez (Felicia), Patrick Quinn (Lehman Engel), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Charlie/Marvin Hamlisch)
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Version 3

A class act (2004-09-Landor Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 02 septembre 2004
Première : jeudi 02 septembre 2004
Dernière : samedi 02 octobre 2004
Mise en scène : Robert McWhir
Chorégraphie : Cathie Carday
Avec : Avec: Vanessa Cross, Barry Fantoni, Anthony Houghton, Naomi Lewis, Zoe Smith, John Stacey, Sarah Waddell, Morgan Williams
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Multimedia on-line

Vidéos on-line

Medley aux Tony Awards

A class act (2001-03-Ambassador Theatre-Broadway)

Lonny Price dirige la troupe originale de Broadway dans un medley : «Follow Your Star», «Better» et «Self Portrait» aux Tony Awards.

Qualité: **** Intérêt: ***
Langue:
Anglais Durée: 00:03:40


 

Principaux CD du musical

1) 2001-03-Original Broadway Cast



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