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Big Life (The) (2004)

Compositeur: Paul Joseph

Parolier: Paul Sirett

Librettiste: Paul Sirett

On the Windrush over from the Caribbean to England, a pact is made by a group of men not to get involved with women for three years whilst they 'institute a regime of work and betterment'. Each man's resolve is tested as one by one they fall prey to Cupid's arrow.

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Résumé

In 1948 on the Windrush, sailing from the Caribbean to England, a pact is made by a group of men: there will be no sex, and no involvement with women for three years while they work to better themselves in their new world. But the four men (Ferdy, Bemie, Lennie, Dennis) are sitting on the steps beneath the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus when suddenly Eros springs to life, jumps down from his plinth and starts tap dancing, leading the cast into a rousing ska number. By the end of this dream sequence the four men have been joined by a quartet of extremely spunky women and the battle of the sexes begin. The show roams through a whole series of emotions - starting with the boarding-house signs which say “No blacks, No Irish, No dogs” - as the fun-loving Caribbean migrants strive for a better life in London. During scene changes, a Mrs Aphrodite, a prim Caribbean matron, sits in a box and comments on the action - superficially respectable but hilariously bawdy.

 

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Version 1

Bif Life (The) (2004-04-Theatre Royal Stratford East-London) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 17 avril 2004
Première : samedi 17 avril 2004
Dernière : samedi 29 mai 2004
Mise en scène : Clint Dyer
Chorégraphie : Jason Pennycooke
Avec : Claudia Cadette, Jason Pennycooke, Chris Tummings, Geoff Aymer, Marcus Powell, Maureen Hibbert, Victor Romero Evans, Lorna Brown, Yaa, Amanda Horlock, Neil Reidman
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Version 2

Bif Life (The) (2005-02-Theatre Royal Stratford East-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 04 février 2005
Première : vendredi 04 février 2005
Dernière : samedi 12 mars 2005
Mise en scène : Clint Dyer
Chorégraphie : Jason Pennycooke
Avec : Tameka Empson (Mrs Aphrodite), Victor Romero Evans (Ferdy), Neil Reidman (Bernie), Chris Tummings (Lennie), Marcus Powell {Dennis),
Jason Pennycooke (Admiral/Eros), Claudia Cadette, Amanda Horlock, Antonia Kemi Coker, Yaa
Commentaires :
Originally staged as a try-out at Stratford East in April 2004, this was Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost” rewritten as a feel-good ska/reggae musical. A completely re-written version was staged at Stratford East for three weeks in February 2005 and, thanks to impresario Bill Kenwright, it transferred and was acclaimed as the first British black musical.
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Version 3

Bif Life (The) (2005-05-Apollo Theatre-London) (West End Transfer)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 11 mai 2005
Première : lundi 23 mai 2005
Dernière : samedi 01 octobre 2005
Mise en scène : Clint Dyer
Chorégraphie : Jason Pennycooke
Avec : Tameka Empson (Mrs Aphrodite), Victor Romero Evans (Ferdy), Neil Reidman (Bernie), Chris Tummings (Lennie), Marcus Powell {Dennis),
Jason Pennycooke (Admiral/Eros), Claudia Cadette, Amanda Horlock, Antonia Kemi Coker, Yaa
Commentaires :
Originally staged as a try-out at Stratford East in April 2004, this was Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost” rewritten as a feel-good ska/reggae musical. A completely re-written version was staged at Stratford East for three weeks in February 2005 and, thanks to impresario Bill Kenwright, it transferred and was acclaimed as the first British black musical.
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