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Lost in the Stars (1949)

Compositeur: Kurt Weill

Parolier: Maxwell Anderson

Librettiste: Maxwell Anderson

Lost in the Stars would be Weill's last completed work. He fell ill during the run of the show and died in April 1950 at the age of fifty, stripping Broadway of one of its most experimental and innovative voices.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

En Afrique du Sud, durant l'apartheid, le pasteur noir Stephen Kumalo se rend à Johannesburg afin de rechercher son fils Absalom dont il est sans nouvelles. Il apprend que ce dernier a mal tourné et que, lors d'une tentative de cambriolage dans la maison d'un riche propriétaire blanc, il a tué le fils Arthur Jarvis, avocat opposé à l'apartheid. Le pasteur, partagé entre son amour filial et ses convictions religieuses, est alors confronté au père, James Jarvis, qui défend les droits des blancs…

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Historique du musical

Inspiration

Based on Alan Paton’s acclaimed novel “Cry, The Beloved Country”

Génèse du musical

Lost in the Stars opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on October 30, 1949, and closed on July 1, 1950, after 281 performances. The production was supervised and directed by Rouben Mamoulian and choreographed by La Verne French. Todd Duncan took the role of Stephen; Inez Matthews sang Irina.

New York City Opera presented the musical in April 1958. Directed by Jose Quintero, the cast featured Lawrence Winters (Stephen Kumalo) and Lee Charles (Leader). (The conductor of those performances, Julius Rudel, led a 1992 complete recording of the score with the Orchestra of St. Luke's: Music Masters 01612-67100.)

A Broadway revival opened at the Imperial Theatre on April 18, 1972, and closed on May 20 after 39 performances and 8 previews. Directed by Gene Frankel with choreography by Louis Johnson, the cast featured Rod Perry as Leader, Brock Peters as Stephen Kumalo, Leslie Banks as James Jarvis, and Rosetta LeNoire as Grace Kumalo. Peters was nominated for the Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance; Gilbert Price was nominated http://glimmerglass.org/the-festival/2012-productions/lost-in-the-stars/for the Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Lost in the Stars was adapted for the screen in 1974, with Daniel Mann directing. The movie was released in the American Film Theatre series. Reviews were mixed.

Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, presented a revival in April 1986, directed by Arvin Brown.

A semi-staged concert was presented by the New York City Center Encores! series from February 3 to February 6, 2011.

The Glimmerglass Festival, in Cooperstown, New York State, presented Lost in the Stars starring Eric Owens (bass-baritone), Wynn Harmon (tenor), and Sean Pankkar (tenor) in a co-production with Cape Town Opera, South Africa, between 22 July and 25 August, 2012.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
"The Hills of Ixopo" – Leader and Singers
"Thousands of Miles" – Stephen Kumalo
"Train to Johannesburg" – Leader and Singers
"The Search" – Stephen Kumalo, Leader and Singers
"The Little Gray House" – Stephen Kumalo and Singers
"Who'll Buy?" – Linda
"Trouble Man" – Irina
"Murder in Parkwold" – Singers
"Fear!" – Singers
"Lost in the Stars" – Stephen Kumalo and Singers

Act II
"The Wild Justice" – Leader and Singers
"O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me!" – Stephen Kumalo
"Stay Well" – Irina
"Cry, the Beloved Country" – Leader and Singers
"Big Mole" – Alex
"A Bird of Passage" – Villager and Singers
"Four O'Clock" – Singers

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Quelques remarques

Kurt Weill did not want to use the "tom-tom" beat that Americans were familiar with, nor did he want the spirituals of the South, so he obtained recordings of Zulu music from Africa to study. In an interview with The New York Times however, Weill noted that "American spirituals are closer to African music than many people realize." In pointing out the set, he commented "Notice that this is an Anglican church. That is another influence that appears in the music. In general, the whole play has a Biblical tone that we hope the public will like."[8] He was influenced by African American musical idioms through his use of spiritual melodies, blues and jazz.

The title song "Lost in the Stars" enjoyed a measure of popular success, and versions of it were recorded by Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Generation Gap, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and many others. The words, which in the musical are those of the minister Stephen Kumalo at the depth of his desperation, tell how God once "held all the stars in the palm of his hand" "and they ran through his fingers like grains of sand, and one little star fell alone." Kumalo says that God sought and found the little lost star and "stated and promised he'd take special care so it wouldn't get lost again." But at times he thinks that God has forgotten his promise and that "we're lost out here in the stars."

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Lost in the Stars

Version 1

Lost in the Stars (1949-10-Music Box Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 8 mois
Nombre : 273 représentations
Première Preview : dimanche 30 octobre 1949
Première : dimanche 30 octobre 1949
Dernière : samedi 01 juillet 1950
Mise en scène : Rouben Mamoulian
Chorégraphie : La Verne French
Avec : Todd Duncan (Stephen Kumalo), Leslie Banks (James Jarvis), Warren Coleman (John Kumalo), Inez Matthews (Irina), Julian Mayfield (Absalom Kumalo), Frank Roane (Leader), Sheila Guyse (Linda), Herbert Coleman (Alex), Roy Allen (William), La Verne French (The Young Man)
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Version 2

Lost in the Stars (1958-04-New York City Center) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 10 avril 1958
Première : jeudi 10 avril 1958
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : José Quintero
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Lee Charles (Leader), Rosetta Le Noire (Grace Kumalo), Lawrence Winters (Stephen Kumalo), Nicholas Joy (James Jarvis), Frederick O'Neal (John Kumalo), Frank Riley Jr. (Alex), Olga James (Linda), Louis Gossett (Absalom), Shirley Carter (Irina), Neil Fitzgerald (The Judge)
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Version 3

Lost in the Stars (1972-04-Imperial Theatre-Broadway) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre : 39 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 18 avril 1972
Première : mardi 18 avril 1972
Dernière : samedi 20 mai 1972
Mise en scène : Gene Frankel
Chorégraphie : Louis Johnson
Avec : Brock Peters (Stephen Kumalo), Jack Gwillim (James Jarvis), Leonard Jackson (John Kumalo), Margaret Cowie (Irina), Gilbert Price (Absalom Kumalo), Rod Perry (Leader), Marki Bey (Linda), Giancarlo Esposito (Alex), Babafumi Akunyun (Drummer), Peter Bailey-Britton (Eland)
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Version 4

Lost in the Stars (2009-06-Queen Elisabeth Hall-London) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre : 2 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 23 juin 2009
Première : mardi 23 juin 2009
Dernière : mercredi 24 juin 2009
Mise en scène : Jude Kelly
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Clive Rowe ( Stephen Kumalo), Edward Petherbridge (James Jarvis), Tsakane Maswanganyi (Irena)
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Version 5

Lost in the Stars (2011-02-New York City Center) Encores! (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 03 février 2011
Première : jeudi 03 février 2011
Dernière : dimanche 06 février 2011
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Sherry Boone, Daniel Breaker, Kieran Campion, Chuck Cooper, Quentin Earl Darrington, Clifton Duncan, Daniel Gerroll, Jeremy Gumbs, Chiké Johnson, Stephen Kunken, Patina Miller, James Rebhorn, Ted Sutherland, John Douglas Thompson, Sharon Washington
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