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Darling of the Day (1968)

Compositeur: Jule Styne

Parolier: E.Y. Harburg

Librettiste: Nunnally Johnson

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

 

Historique du musical

Inspiration

Based on the screenplay for the film Holy Matrimony by Nunnally Johnson and the plays Buried Alive and The Great Adventure by Arnold Bennett

Génèse du musical

In spite of a score still admired by many critics, the show's pre-Broadway run was plagued by difficulties, with three directors and five librettists attempting to resolve perceived problems.

The musical finally reached New York City where, following three previews, it opened on January 27, 1968 at the George Abbott Theatre and closed after only 31 performances. Choreography was by Lee Theodore, staging by Noel Willman, scenic design by Oliver Smith, costumes by Raoul Pene Du Bois, and lighting by Peggy Clark. Johnson, upset with all the changes, demanded his name be removed from the credits. The musical starred Vincent Price (in his first and only Broadway musical) as Priam Farll and Patricia Routledge as Alice Challice. Also featured were Brenda Forbes and Peter Woodthorpe. Routledge won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Reviews were mixed. The show was Price's first singing role since the 1940 film The House of Seven Gables. Price had once been a member of the Yale Glee Club and proved to have an adequate singing voice. Harburg and Styne considered the piece their best work.

An original cast recording was released by RCA Victor.

Attempts at major revival have made little headway, although there have been several staged concerts and one fully staged revised version. 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco, California, presented the musical as a staged concert in 1994. The York Theatre Company, in New York, presented the musical in two staged concerts, in 1998 and 2005. Their 2005 concert starred Beth Fowler, Rebecca Luker, Simon Jones and Stephen Mo Hanan. Light Opera Works, in Evanston, Illinois, presented a fully staged version in 2005 revised by Erik Haagensen based on his earlier work for the York Theatre Company concerts. This was the first complete staged production since the musical closed on Broadway.

In 2010, the London Discovering Lost Musicals series presented the show in concert at the Oondatje Wing Theatre - National Portrait Gallery, starring Nicholas Jones as Priam and Louise Gold as Alice.

Différents titres

Buried Alive (source material)
The Great Adventure (source material)
Holy Matrimony (source material)
Married Alive (pre-Broadway title)

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
Mad For Art
He's A Genius
To Get Out Of This World Alive
It's Enough To Make A Lady Fall In Love
A Gentleman's Gentleman
Double Soliloquy
Let's See What Happens
Panache
I've Got A Rainbow Working For Me
Money, Money, Money
That Something Extra Special

Act II
What Makes a Marriage Merry
He's A Genius (Reprise)
Not On Your Nellie
Sunset Tree
Butler In The Abbey
Not On Your Nellie (Reprise)

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Darling of the Day

Version 1

Darling of the Day (1968-01-George Abbott Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre : 4 previews - 31 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 16 janvier 1968
Première : samedi 27 janvier 1968
Dernière : samedi 24 février 1968
Mise en scène : Noel Willman
Chorégraphie : Lee Becker Theodore
Avec : Priam Farll … Vincent Price
Alice Challice … Patricia Routledge
Lady Vale … Brenda Forbes
Alf … Teddy Green
Oxford … Peter Woodthorpe
Equerry … John Aman
Mrs. Leek … Camila Ashland
Attendant … Larry Brucker
Frame Maker … Paul Eichel
The King … Charles Gerald
Rosalind … Beth Howland
Duncan … Mitchell Jason
Bert … Marc Jordan
Sydney … Reid Klein
Pennington … Michael Lewis
Doctor … Leo Leyden
Cabby … Ross Miles
Old Gentleman … Carl Nicholas
Daphne … Joy Nichols
Curate … Fred Siretta
Henry Leek … Charles Welch
Curate … Herb Wilson
Constable … John Aman
Judge … Leo Leyden
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Multimedia on-line

Vidéos on-line

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Principaux CD du musical

1) 1968-01-Original Broadway Cast



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