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.
1 Matador peut-être considéré comme un Flop 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 , 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.
Liste des chansons
"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"
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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.En savoir plus sur cette version
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