Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Chorus girl Hope Springfield, full of hope but not much talent, accidentally is given the starring role in a new movie. When the error is discovered, heads roll and the completed film is shelved. But Rudolf, the nephew of studio head Lionel Z. Governor, takes a liking to the girl and arranges for a sneak preview. The movie is a success, Hope (rechristened Lila Tremaine) becomes a star, and in true Hollywood happily-ever-after fashion she and Rudolf walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand.

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

After six previews, the Broadway production opened on May 26, 1964 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, and closed on April 17, 1965, after 274 performances. Directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Ernest Flatt, the cast included Carol Burnett as Hope Springfield, Dick Patterson as Rudolf, and Lou Jacobi as Lionel Z. Governor, with Jack Cassidy and Tina Louise in supporting roles. Cassidy was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Excellent reviews lead to a box office bonanza, and in its early weeks the show consistently outgrossed competitors Hello, Dolly! and Funny Girl. Then Burnett was sidelined due to a serious neck injury sustained in a taxi accident. The production temporarily shut down, then reopened with Betty Hutton in the lead. After recuperating, Burnett returned to the cast, but left shortly afterwards to participate in The Entertainers, a television variety series her husband Joe Hamilton was producing for CBS. When the show's producers threatened a breach-of-contract lawsuit, Burnett returned, but the financial losses sustained during her two absences proved to be insurmountable, and the production soon was shuttered.

An original cast recording was released by Decca Records.

When Burnett created her eponymous variety series in 1967, she hired Fade Out - Fade In choreographer Flatt and lead dancer Don Crichton to join the creative team.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
The Thirties
It's Good to Be Back Home
Fear
Call Me Savage
The Usher from the Mezzanine
I'm With You
The Usher from the Mezzanine (Reprise)
My Fortune is My Face
Lila Tremaine

Act 2
Go Home Train
Close Harmony
You Mustn't Be Discouraged
The Dangerous Age
L.Z. In Quest of His Youth
The Fiddler and the Fighter
Fade Out - Fade In

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