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Bed and Sofa (1996)

Compositeur: Polly Pen

Parolier: Laurence Klaven

Librettiste:

This enchanting three-character "silent movie musical", based on Abram Room's scandalous 1926 Russian film comedy, is an elegant homage to the genre. Using only the words taken from title cards in the film, it’s a truly unique piece of music theatre.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

In Moscow, in 1926, a housing crisis rages. In a cramped apartment, Ludmilla, a put-upon housewife, lives in dreamy complacency with her cheerful despot of a husband, Kolya. When one day, Kolya's handsome comrade, Volodya, arrives from the country, but can find no lodgings, Kolya offers him their sofa. When Kolya returns early from a business trip, he is shocked to discover that Ludmilla and Volodya have become lovers. Kolya moves out, but there is still nowhere to live, so he reluctantly returns, taking the sofa, leaving Ludmilla and Volodya the bed Kolya stalls the new couple's lovemaking with endless games of checkers, so that slowly, to Ludmilla's frustration, Volodya becomes more interested in the manly sport of checkers than in sex. Finally, Volodya reveals himself to be just as much a domestic despot as Kolya. So Ludmilla banishes Volodya to the sofa and takes the bed for herself. Ludmilla's "marriage" to the two men has already had its consequence as she is pregnant. The two men bicker over who is the father and finally decree: Ludmilla must have an abortion. Acquiescing, Ludmilla waits her turn in a frighteningly efficient clinic. But seeing a living, breathing baby out the window convinces her to leave, without the procedure. She packs up and abandons her two "husbands," declaring them unworthy to be fathers, and Kolya and Volodya find themselves alone in the dose Moscow flat. They have no choice: as Ludmilla rides alone into the exciting unknown. Kolya takes the bed and Volodya the sofa.

Quelques commentaires

It is a sung-through and highly stylised piece, with an offstage voice working in much the same way as the caption cards did in the silent film version. It was a quirky and unusual piece and received a mixed critical response.

 

Historique du musical

Inspiration

Based on the 1927 Russian silent film classic “Tretya meshchanskaya” by Abram Room

Génèse du musical

this was first seen off-Broadway in February 1996 where it won two Obie Awards and received seven Drama Desk nominations, including Best Musical.

 

Détails

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Bed and Sofa

Version 1

Bed and Sofa (1996-01-Vineyard Theatre-Off Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 40 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 16 janvier 1996
Première : mardi 16 janvier 1996
Dernière : dimanche 10 mars 1996
Mise en scène : Andre Ernotte
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Terri Klausner (Ludmilla), Michael X. Martin (Nikolai-Kolya), Martin Moran (Radio Voices), Polly Pen (Radio Voices), Jason Workman (Volodya)
Commentaires :
Award Nominations: 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical
Awards Won: 1996 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Actor(Musical): Jason Workman / 1995-1996 OBIE Awards: 1. Performance, Terri Klausner, 2. Music, Polly Pen
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Version 2

Bed and Sofa (2011-03-Finborough Theatre-London) (Original Europe)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 29 mars 2011
Première : jeudi 31 mars 2011
Dernière : samedi 23 avril 2011
Mise en scène : Luke Sheppard
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Alastair Brookshaw / Kaisa Hammarlund / Alastair Parker / Penelope Keith (voice - The Announcer)
Commentaires :
Nominated for five Off West End Awards including
Best Production
Best Director for Luke Sheppard
Best Female Performance for Kaisa Hammarlund
Best Designer for David Woodhead
Best Lighting Designer for Howard Hudson
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Mais aussi, quelques versions régionales ou mineures, ... de Bed and Sofa

 

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