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La Cava (2000)

Compositeur: Laurence O'Keefe

Parolier: John Claflin • Laurence O'Keefe • Shaun McKenna

Librettiste: Dana Broccoli

La Cava is set in the maelstrom of eighth century Spain and Morocco, and is based on a legend concerning the infatuation of King Roderic of Spain with a beautiful young girl whose loyalties are not what they might seem…

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

 

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Génèse du musical

Based on Broccoli's novel Florinda, its title is derived not from the sparkling wine but for the Spanish word for a scarlet woman. The plot, based on the legend of Julian, Count of Ceuta, focuses on the feisty daughter of a Spanish general whose love triangle involving King Roderic sets a massive war in motion. In the 8th century, Roderic was the last ruler of Visigothic Spain and was overthrown by the Moorish invasion.

The show was originally presented at UCLA's Freud Playhouse from the 1st-23rd July 1995 under its original title 'Florinda', starring Julie Heron as the title character and directed by David Galligan. At this point in the show's development, the music and lyrics were by O'Keefe and Claflin only.

Directed by Steven Dexter and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, the West End production opened on June 8, 2000 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, where it ran for six weeks before transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre. It remained there until closing on February 3, 2001. The original cast included Oliver Tobias as King Roderic, Julie-Alanah Brighten as Florinda, Marilyn Cutts as the Queen, Paul Keating as her servant Agon, Daniel Redmond as Florinda's Moorish lover, David Bardsley as Florinda's father, Louisa McCarthy as Florinda's friend at court, and Patrick Romer as the evil, Jew-hating Archbishop.

Reviews were mixed. Sarah Hemming of The Financial Times described it as "not dislikeable, just rather relentless . . . Everything about La Cava is huge: big themes, grand passions, epic story, towering set, soaring score. It is like being swallowed up by a historical romance." In CurtainUp London, Lizzie Loveridge wrote, "It is an effervescent mix of stars with sex appeal, original choreography, sweet music, tongue in cheek lyrics, and high drama." David Benedict of The Times observed, "Laurence O'Keefe and Stephen Keeling's score has size, energy, and even a bit of soul." The Daily Telegraph review began, "Another day, another doomed musical. Yet of all the turkeys that have arrived on our stages recently, La Cava is the one I've enjoyed most." The review went on to say "Although the bovine stupidity of producers continue to baffle me. The backers of this show would have had a better chance of getting their money back if they had chucked it into the Thames."

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
I Am Proud to Call Mine
I Will Hold You
Little Girl
My Dream Came True - I & II
Within These Walls
The Bazaar
Why Did I Kiss Her?
First Kiss
Death of Somal
A Woman's Hands
The Seduction

Act II
Vengeance
Montage
Say Goodbye
Berber Dance
What Would You Do For Your Child?
Theo's Stars/The Wedding
La Cava
I Fall With You
Here I Am
I Stayed Behind/The Battle
Finale Ultimio

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Version 1

La Cava (2000-06-Victoria Palace Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 52 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 22 mai 2000
Première : jeudi 08 juin 2000
Dernière : samedi 22 juillet 2000
Mise en scène : Steven Dexter
Chorégraphie : Mitch Sebastian
Avec : Oliver Tobias (King Roderic), Julie-Alanah Brighten (Florinda), David Bardsley (General Espatorias), Daniel Redmond (Somal), Paul Keating (Agon), Patrick Romer (Archbishop), Joshua Bancel (Tariq), Richard Woodford (Marcus), Marilyn Cutts, Luke Evans
Commentaires :
Dana Broccoli was the widow of the legendary producer of the James Bond films, and a successful novelist in her own right. This lavishly funded production was magnificently staged with spectacular battle-scenes. The notices were mixed, though generally they tipped towards the view that the audience would certainly get its money’s worth and lovers of great romantic, spectacular over-blown epics would have a great night’s entertainment. After seven weeks at the Victoria Palace it transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre and finally closed after a total run of eight months, closing February 3rd, 2001
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Version 2

La Cava (2000-08-Piccadilly Theatre-London) (Reprise)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 192 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 21 août 2000
Première : lundi 21 août 2000
Dernière : samedi 03 février 2001
Mise en scène : Steven Dexter
Chorégraphie : Mitch Sebastian
Avec : Oliver Tobias (King Roderic), Julie-Alanah Brighten (Florinda), David Bardsley (General Espatorias), Daniel Redmond (Somal), Paul Keating (Agon), Patrick Romer (Archbishop), Joshua Bancel (Tariq), Richard Woodford (Marcus), Marilyn Cutts, Luke Evans
Commentaires :
Dana Broccoli was the widow of the legendary producer of the James Bond films, and a successful novelist in her own right. This lavishly funded production was magnificently staged with spectacular battle-scenes. The notices were mixed, though generally they tipped towards the view that the audience would certainly get its money’s worth and lovers of great romantic, spectacular over-blown epics would have a great night’s entertainment. After seven weeks at the Victoria Palace it transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre and finally closed after a total run of eight months, closing February 3rd, 2001
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