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I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962)

Compositeur: Harold Rome

Parolier: Harold Rome

Librettiste: Jerome Weidman

I Can Get It for You Wholesale is a musical wich marked the Broadway debut of 19-year-old Barbra Streisand, who was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. The story is set in the New York City garment district in 1937, during the Great Depression, and the songs utilize traditional Jewish harmonies evocative of the setting and the period of the show.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Harry Bogen is an ambitious, unscrupulous young businessman in the 1930s New York City garment industry. He will stop at nothing to get to the top: he lies to his mother and girlfriend, Ruthie Rivkin, who try to help him become a better person, but he embezzles company funds from Apex Modes and betrays his friends and partners. Harry leaves Ruthie to take up with Martha Mills, a dancer in Club Rio Rhumba, but when he loses his friends and goes bankrupt, his mother and Ruthie stand by him.

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

In the album Just For the Record..., Streisand recalls, "My first audition for the show was on the morning after Thanksgiving in 1961. Since the action took place in the 1930s, I showed up in a '30s fur coat that I'd bought in a thrift shop for $10. I sang three songs, including my new standby "A Sleepin' Bee". They asked me to come back and gave me "Miss Marmelstein" to learn for my second audition a few hours later." Harold Rome said, "The 'Miss Marmelstein' number was written before the casting of Barbra Streisand in the role, but her part was then enlarged. Somebody is that good ... you try to use them as much as possible."

Productions [edit]The musical premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on March 22, 1962. Directed by Arthur Laurents and choreographed by Herbert Ross, it starred Elliott Gould as Harry Bogen. In addition to Streisand in the small role of Bogen's secretary, Miss Marmelstein, the supporting cast included Lillian Roth as Mrs. Bogen and Marilyn Cooper as Ruthie Rivkin, with Harold Lang, Bambi Linn, Ken LeRoy, and Sheree North. On October 1, it transferred to The Broadway Theatre, where it closed on December 9 after a total run of two previews and 300 performances. Gould and Streisand later married and divorced.

In 1991, the American Jewish Theatre staged a revival directed and choreographed by Richard Sabellico. The production starred Evan Pappas as Bogen, Carolee Carmello as Ruthie, Jim Brachitta as Teddy, and Vicki Lewis as Miss Marmelstein. It was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Best Revival, and Best Actor in a Musical for Pappas.

In 2002, Arcola Theatre in London, a former clothes factory, produced the show for its second anniversary. The director was Mehmet Ergen with co-director William Galinsky.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
Overture
I'm Not a Well Man - Miss Marmelstein and Mr. Pulvermacher
The Way Things Are - Harry Bogen
When Gemini Meets Capricorn - Ruthie Rivkin and Harry Bogen
Momma, Momma, Momma - Harry Bogen and Mrs. Bogen
The Sound of Money - Harry Bogen, Martha Mills, Mitzi, Mario and Eddie
The Family Way - Mrs. Bogen, Harry Bogen, Ruthie Rivkin, Teddy Asch, Blanche Bushkin and Meyer Bushkin
Too Soon - Mrs. Bogen
Who Knows? - Ruthie Rivkin
Have I Told You Lately? - Blanche Bushkin and Meyer Bushkin
Ballad of the Garment Trade - Miss Marmelstein, Ruthie Rivkin, Blanche Bushkin, Harry Bogen, Teddy Asch, Meyer Bushkin and Company

Act II
A Gift Today - Sheldon Bushkin, Harry Bogen, Mrs. Bogen, Blanche Bushkin, Meyer Bushkin and Ruthie Rivkin
Miss Marmelstein - Miss Marmelstein
The Sound of Money (Reprise) - Harry Bogen
A Funny Thing Happened - Ruthie Rivkin and Harry Bogen
What's in It for Me? - Teddy Asch and Martha Mills
What Are They Doing to Us Now? - Miss Marmelstein, Buggo, Tootsie Maltz, Manette, Gail, Miss Springer and Creditors
Eat a Little Something - Mrs. Bogen and Harry Bogen
Epilogue - The Company

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Version 1

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962-03-Broadway Run) (Original)
Durée : 8 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 2 previews - 300 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 21 mars 1962
Première : jeudi 22 mars 1962
Dernière : samedi 08 décembre 1962
Mise en scène : Arthur Laurents
Chorégraphie : Herbert Ross
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Tryout Dates
Shubert Theatre [Philadelphia, PA] 12/2/1962 - 24/2/1962
Colonial Theatre [Boston, MA] 27/2/1962 - 17/3/1962

Broadway Run
Shubert Theatre [New York, NY] 22/3/1962 - 29/9/1962
Broadway Theatre [New York, NY] 1/10/1962 - 8/12/1962
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Version 2

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (2002-02-Arcola Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 19 février 2002
Première : mardi 19 février 2002
Dernière : mardi 23 avril 2002
Mise en scène : Mehmet Ergen • William Galinsky
Chorégraphie : Gary Rowe
Avec : Joseph Wicks (Harry Bogen), Fiona Branson (Mrs Bogen), Rosanne Priest (Ruthie), Jodi Mulcahy (Martha), Nichola Lagan (Miss Marmelstein)
Commentaires :
The original Broadway show opened in March 1962 and ran for 300 performances - notable for marking the debut of 19 year old Barbra Streisand, who nightly stopped the show with the song “Miss Marmalstein”. During the run of this show she made a real-life marriage to her leading man, Elliot ould.
This fringe London premiere with a cast of 20 and a band of just three received very mixed notices.
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