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Jolson the musical (1995)

Compositeur: *** Divers


Librettiste: Rob Bettinson

Based on the life of legendary singer Al Jolson, one of America's most popular entertainers, it spans thirty years of his career. Out of the limelight, the plot emphasizes his personal faults as much as it does his professional successes. Other major characters include his wife Ruby Keeler and his longtime friend and agent Louis Epstein.

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The real life-story of Al Jolson, depicting his childlike desperation need to please in his extravagant stage presentations, but having the courage to take on the warts and all. Privately Jolson was an ego with tonsils - a man who could ruthlessly steal other peoples’ songs, hijack their careers and destroy their affections. The story opens in the 1920s with his enormous success on Broadway and the first talking pictures and tells of his monstrous behaviour to his agent, managers and his much abused third wife, Ruby Keeler. The second act moves to the 1940s when his career is in decline until Hollywood films a totally false bio-pic, “The Jolson Story” and he stages a legendary “comeback” at the Radio City Music Hall.


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Jolson the musical (1995-10-Victoria Palace Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 1 an 4 mois 4 semaines
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Première Preview : samedi 21 octobre 1995
Première : jeudi 26 octobre 1995
Dernière : samedi 22 mars 1997
Mise en scène : Rob Bettinson
Chorégraphie : Tudor Davies
Avec : Brian Conley (Al Jolson), Sally Ann Triplett (Ruby Keeler), John Bennett (Louis Epstein), John Conroy (Frankie Holmes), Brian Greene (Lee Shubert), Gareth Williams (Harry Cohn), David Bacon (Sam Warner)
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This was a complete triumph for Brian Conley, and there was much praise for Sally Ann Triplett in her first major West End role. There was one number in black-face, potentially controversial, though ironically in the same theatre where the Black & White Minstrels had reigned for some ten years!
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