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Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1992)

Compositeur: John Kander

Parolier: Fred Ebb

Librettiste: Terrence McNally

Valetin, a revolutionary, and Molina, a homosexual, are cellmates in a Latin American prison, where Molina's fantasies about the actress Aurora are their only relief.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN is the beautifully haunting tale of two prisoners incarcerated in the most terrible of places. But out of their despair, they weave a touching tale of life, love, and loss. Molina begins to share his fantasies of Aurora, the actress of his dreams. Much to Valentin’s surprise, Molina’s stories begin to appear, transporting them into a world of vibrant color and feeling, a far cry from their dreary prison cell.

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Particularités

1 Kiss Of The Spider Woman est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.

 

Historique du musical

Inspiration

Based on El Beso de la Mujer Arana, a novel by Manuel Puig

Génèse du musical

Kiss of the Spider Woman was given a workshop by New Musicals, whose goal was to create, develop, and provide a working home for sixteen new musicals over four years, at the Performing Arts Center, State University of New York at Purchase in May 1990. It was directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Susan Stroman and featured John Rubinstein, Kevin Gray, Lauren Mitchell, and Harry Goz. An attempt to persuade New York critics not to review this initial production (given its workshop status) failed, with Frank Rich in The New York Times, followed by other critics covering the production and filing mostly negative reviews. New Musicals folded after Spider Woman.

Two years later, the producer Garth Drabinsky became involved, and his company, Livent, produced the show in Toronto at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Bluma Appel Theatre in June 1992. The cast starred Brent Carver as Molina, Anthony Crivello as Valentin and Chita Rivera as Spider Woman/Aurora.

Kiss of the Spider Woman premiered in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 20, 1992, where it ran for 390 performances. Directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Rob Marshall, it starred Brent Carver as Molina, Anthony Crivello as Valentin, and Chita Rivera as Spider Woman/Aurora. The production won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

It opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on May 3, 1993 and closed on July 1, 1995 after 904 performances. It was again directed by Harold Prince, with choreography by Vincent Paterson and Rob Marshall, scenic design and projection design by Jerome Sirlin, costume design by Florence Klotz, and lighting design by Howell Binkley. The cast included Brent Carver, Anthony Crivello and Chita Rivera repeating their roles, as well as Merle Louise and Kirsty Carnahan. Carver, Crivello, and Rivera won Tony Awards for their performances. Notable replacements included: Brian Stokes Mitchell (Valentin), Howard McGillin and Jeff Hyslop (Molina); and, as Aurora: María Conchita Alonso, Vanessa L. Williams, and Carol Lawrence. The teaming of McGillin, Williams, and Mitchell was so strong that many critics felt they were superior to the original cast, and in a rare step a second cast album was recorded featuring these principles.

It opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Lola Membrives Theatre on May 2, 1995. Directed by Harold Prince, with choreography by Vincent Paterson and Rob Marshall, the cast included Valeria Lynch in the title role, Juan Darthes and Anibal Silveyra. It was translated into Spanish by Pedro Orgambide and Alberto Favero.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
Prologue – Spider Woman and Prisoners
"Her Name is Aurora" – Molina, Aurora, Aurora's Men and Prisoners
"Over the Wall" – Prisoners
"And the Moon Grows Dimmer" – Aurora
"Bluebloods" – Molina
"Dressing Them Up" / "I Draw the Line" – Molina and Valentin
"Dear One" – Molina's Mother, Marta, Valentin and Molina
"Over the Wall II" – Prisoners, Molina and Valentin
"Where You Are" – Aurora, Aurora's Man and Prisoners
"Over the Wall III" / "Marta" – Valentin and Prisoners
"Come" – Spider Woman
"I Do Miracles" – Aurora and Marta
"Gabriel's Letter" / "My First Woman" – Gabriel and Valentin
"Morphine Tango" – Orderlies
"You Could Never Shame Me" – Molina's Mother
"A Visit" – Spider Woman and Molina
"She's a Woman" – Molina
"Gimme Love" – Aurora, Molina and Aurora's Men

Act II
"Russian Movie" / "Good Times" – Aurora, Molina and Valentin
"The Day After That" – Valentin and Families of the Disappeared
"Mama, It's Me" – Molina
"Anything for Him" – Spider Woman, Molina and Valentin
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" – Spider Woman
"Over the Wall IV" / "Lucky Molina" – Warden and Prisoners
"Only in the Movies" / "His Name was Molina" – Molina and the People in His Life

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Version 1

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (????-??-****-Japan) (Revival)
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Version 2

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1990-05-PepsiCoTheatre-New York) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
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Première Preview : mardi 01 mai 1990
Première : mardi 01 mai 1990
Dernière : dimanche 24 juin 1990
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman
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Version 3

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1992-06-Bluma Apple Theatre-Toronto) (Original)
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Première : lundi 08 juin 1992
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Vincent Paterson
Avec : Valentin ... Anthony Crivello / Aurora/Spider Woman ... Chita Rivera / Molina ... Brent Carver / Warden ... Herndon Lackey / Esteban ... Philip Hernandez / Marcos ... Michael McCormick / Aurora's Men/Prisoner ... Keith McDaniel, Robert Montano, Dan O'Grady, Raymond Rodriguez
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Version 4

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1992-10-Shaftesbury Theatre-London) Chita Rivera (Original London)
Durée : 9 mois
Nombre : 390 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 08 octobre 1992
Première : mardi 20 octobre 1992
Dernière : samedi 17 juillet 1993
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Vincent Paterson
Avec : Brent Carver (Molina), Anthony Crivello (Valentin), Chita Rivera (Aurora), Herndon Lackey (Warden), Philip Hernandez (Esteban), Michael McCormick (Marcos)
Commentaires :
Based on the novel and play by Manuel Puig, and following workshop productions in New York and a try-out in Toronto, the musical had its premiere in the West End in a much-praised production by Hal Prince. In spite of winning the Evening Standard Best Musical Award, it lasted just nine months in London. It was then re-mounted on Broadway in May 1993 with the same principal cast, and ran for 906 performances, winning six Tony Awards and many other prizes.
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Version 5

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993-05-Broadburst Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 16 previews - 904 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 29 avril 1993
Première : lundi 03 mai 1993
Dernière : samedi 01 juillet 1995
Mise en scène : Harold Prince
Chorégraphie : Vincent Paterson
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Version 6

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1996-03-Ahmanson Theatre-Los Angeles) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
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Première Preview : samedi 16 mars 1996
Première : samedi 16 mars 1996
Dernière : dimanche 21 avril 1996
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Version 7

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (2004-01-Theater an der Rott-Eggenfelden) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 01 janvier 2004
Dernière : samedi 31 janvier 2004
Mise en scène : Peter Nuesch
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Version 8

Kiss Of The Spider Woman (2007-04-Donmar Warehouse-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 19 avril 2007
Dernière : samedi 26 mai 2007
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