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Fix (The) (1997)

Compositeur: Dana P. Rowe

Parolier: John Dempsey

Librettiste: John Dempsey

The Fix concerns the career of a fictional U.S. politician who gets mixed up with the Mafia.

It's not often that two unknown American writers catch the attention of one of the theater's most powerful and successful producers. Yet, that is precisely what happened when Cameron Mackintosh, the man behind such mega hits as LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON, heard the score for John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe's musical political satire, THE FIX. What impressed Mackintosh most was the sheer originality of the piece. "It wasn't like anything I'd seen. Not just terrific tunes, but great words as well," Mackintosh told the Australian newspaper The Age. He brought THE FIX to the attention of Sam Mendes, then the Artistic Director of London's famed Donmar Warehouse, where the show opened on May 12, 1997 with Mendes at the helm. The cast included West End luminaries John Barrowman and Philip Quast.

Although London critics were not especially kind to THE FIX, the show did garner 4 Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical. Mackintosh continued to believe fervently in the show, and a year later co-produced the Anerican premiere at the prestigious Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. Located just outside Washington, D.C., Signature was the perfect locale for a show with politics as its centerpiece.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

From a new team of writers comes a hard-edged, hard-boiled commentary on the American political machine. Part tabloid, part The Manchurian Candidate, THE FIX is a totally original biting satire ripped from the headlines of today, yesterday, and most likely tomorrow. A popular presidential candidate is dead, and his wife, who has power on the brain, thrusts her son into the political spotlight. Her maniacal scheming is matched by that of her crippled brother-in-law, who will stop at nothing to see the boy elected. Together, the three of them make up one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real life Washington politics.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The Fix was originally developed in association with Cameron Mackintosh under the working title Cal: A Musical Tale of Relative Insanity. It premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, running from 29 April, 1997 through 14 June, 1997, directed by Sam Mendes and starring John Barrowman and Philip Quast. Quast won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Fix. The musical was also nominated for Oliviers for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (for Barrowman), and Best Lighting Designer (for Howard Harrison). Colin Welford conducted the production.

It received its U.S. premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, running from March 17, 1998 through April 26, 1998, where it was directed by Eric D. Schaeffer.

The Fix had its Tri-State premiere at Princeton University's Theatre-Intime in 2003. Rachael Timinsky, Princeton '04, directed the production.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

At Donmar Warehouse, 1997
Act I
"Advocate/Architect" – Ensemble
"The Funeral" – Company
"One, Two, Three" ( play clip (help·info)) – Cal, Ensemble
"Embrace Tomorrow" – Violet, Grahame, Bobby
"Army Chant/Control" – Reed, Cal
"America's Son" – Cal, Violet, Grahame, Leslie, Supporters, Newscaster
"I See The Future" – Cal
"Lonely is a Two-Way Street" – Tina
"Simple Words" – Cal, Grahame, Reporters
"Alleluia/Flash, Pop, Sizzle!" – Tina
"Sense out of Insanity" – Grahame
"Dangerous Games" – Gliardi, Frankie, Ensemble

Act II
"Two Guys at Harvard" – Grahame, Reed, Violet, Ensemble
"First Came Mercy" – Grahame, Ensemble
"Bend the Spoon/One, Two, Three (reprise)" – Tina, Cal
"Cleaning House" – Violet, Peter
"Upper Hand" – Cal, Grahame
"Spin" – Violet
"The Ballad of Bobby "Cracker" Barrel" – Bobby, Ensemble
"Child's Play" – Cal
"Simple Words (reprise)" – Cal, Ensemble
"Lion Hunts the Tiger" – Ensemble
"Mistress of Deception" – Tina, Ensemble
"Finale" – Company

At Signature Theater, 1998
Act I
"Let the Games Begin" – Reed, Ensemble
"The Funeral" – Company
"One, Two, Three" ( play clip (help·info)) – Cal, Ensemble
"Embrace Tomorrow" – Violet, Grahame, Bobby
"Control" – Reed, Cal
"America's Son" – Cal, Violet, Grahame, Leslie, Supporters, Newscaster
"I See The Future" – Cal
"Lonely is a Two-Way Street" – Tina
"Simple Words" – Cal, Grahame, Reporters
"Alleluia" – Tina
"Flash Pop Sizzle/Who Said?" – Maids, Grahame
"Don't Blame the Prince" – Cal
"Dangerous Games" – Gliardi, Frankie, Ensemble

Act II
"Two Guys at Harvard" – Grahame, Reed, Violet, Ensemble
"Mercy Me" – Grahame, Ensemble
"Alleluia/One, Two, Three (reprise)" – Tina, Cal
"Cleaning House" – Violet, Peter
"Upper Hand" – Cal, Grahame
"Spin" – Violet
"The Ballad of Bobby "Cracker" Barrel" – Bobby, Ensemble
"Child's Play" – Cal
"Mistress of Deception" – Tina, Ensemble
"Finale" – Company

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Version 1

Fix (The) (1997-05-Donmar Warehouse-London) (Original London)
Durée : 1 mois
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Première Preview : jeudi 24 avril 1997
Première : lundi 12 mai 1997
Dernière : samedi 14 juin 1997
Mise en scène : Sam Mendes
Chorégraphie : Charles Augins
Avec : John Barrowman (Cal Chandler), Kathryn Evans (Violet Chandler), Philip Quast (Grahame Chandler), Krysten Cummings (Tina), David Firth, David Bardsley, Bogdan Kominowski, Mark Frendo, Gael Johnson, Christina Fry.
Commentaires :
Cameron Mackintosh was happy to subsidise this new and very different piece of political satire with its rock music/vaudeville/country and western score, but was allegedly furious at the dismissive critical reaction, claiming London critics were too blinkered to accept anything new and progressive. The critics considered it comic-strip melodrama, with its Kennedy-esque satire grossly overdone and so full of cynicism that not one single character could involve the audience’s sympathy or interest. However, there was praise for the music and lyrics, and some suggestions that Dempsey and Rowe could be future talents to watch.
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