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Matador (1991)

Compositeur: Michael Leander

Parolier: Edward Seago

Librettiste: Peter Jukes

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Matador is a musical which tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional matador, loosely based on Manuel Benitez, El Cordobes. The show featured stunning choreography in traditional Flamenco style by Rafael Aguilar, and the show won an Olivier Award as a result. Several dancers were cast directly from Spain, making their West End debuts. The bulls for the fighting sequences were performed by a phalanx of black-clad dancers, moving as one.

Particularités

1 Matador peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The work began life in 1987 as a concept album, starring Tom Jones. Jones was keen to play the lead on stage, and gave up his Las Vegas cabaret shows to return to the UK for that purpose. The musical was initially unable to attract the financial backing required, but Jones did get his first UK top ten hit after a fifteen-year dry spell, with his single , A Boy From Nowhere, lifted from the Matador concept album.

Eventually financial backing was secured, and the show opened at the Queen's Theatre in London on April 16, 1991. Audiences and most critics were positive[citation needed] , but the 1991 London theatre season was heavily impacted by the first Persian Gulf War and the subsequent drop in tourism. The production folded after three months. The London production starred John Barrowman as Domingo Hernandez and Stefanie Powers as American actress Laura Jane Wilding, a character based on actress Ava Gardner. Nicky Henson and Caroline O'Connor costarred.

After the failure of the London production, the authors returned to America and made revisions to the book and score during productions in regional and college theatres.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

"Overture"
"A Panama Hat"
"There's No Way Out Of This Town"
"Moon In The Sky"
"Pastures At Night (The Bull)"
"There's No Way Out Of This Town (Reprise)"
"Manolete, Belmonte, Joselito"
"I Was Born To Be Me"
"This Incredible Journey"
"A Panama Hat (Reprise)"
"A Boy From Nowhere"
"I'll Take You Out To Dinner"
"I'll Dress You In Mourning"
"What Is There More Than Love?"
"To Be A Matador"
"Only Other People"
"Children Of The Sun"
"A Boy From Nowhere (Reprise)"
"I Can Get By"
"I'll Dress You In Mourning (Reprise)"
"Corrida/I Am You, You Are Me"
"A Boy From Nowhere (Reprise)/Finale"
"Bows/Exit Music"

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Matador

Version 1

Matador (1991-04-Queen's Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 119 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 16 avril 1991
Première : mardi 16 avril 1991
Dernière : samedi 27 juillet 1991
Mise en scène : Elijah Moshinsky
Chorégraphie : Arlene Phillips
Avec : John Barrowman (Domingo Hernandez), Stefanie Powers (Laura-Jane Wilding), Nicky Henson (El Panama), Jackie Dunn (Graciella), Caroline O’Connor (Consuelo), Alexander Hanson (Tomas), Kevin A.J. Ranson (Miguel), Franciso Perez Arevalo (The Bull)
Commentaires :
Based on “Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning”, the biography of the Spanis bullfighter El Cordobés by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, this show began as a concept album recorded by Tom Jones in 1987. Originally Tom Jones was planned to star in a stage version, but this did not work out, and his role was taken by John Barrowman.
The show had spectacular sets and superb flamenco dancing, and everyone agreed it was one of the best dance shows ever seen on the London stage. However, with animal rights protesters outside the theatre each night claiming the show glorified bullfighting, the controversy surrounding the show did not help. Neither did a much derided scene in which the matador and bull sing a duet in which they declare that they have much in common, both being trapped, exploited and destined for death. It closed after three months with losses of around £1 million.
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Multimedia on-line

Vidéos on-line

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