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Moby Dick ()

Compositeur: Hereward Kaye • Robert Longden

Parolier: Hereward Kaye • Robert Longden

Librettiste: Robert Longden

A mixture of high camp, music hall-style smut, and wild anachronism overflowing with double entendres, the show focuses on the anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies who, determined to save the institution from bankruptcy, decide to stage Herman Melville's classic novel in the school's swimming pool.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

The girls of St. Godley's School are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and the place will have to close. Leave it to these resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress (played by a man in drag), to come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an original production: a musical version of Moby Dick, featuring their headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.

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Particularités

1 Moby Dick peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Having become involved with the restoration of Oxford’s Old Fire Station Theatre, producer Cameron Mackintosh sought a new musical to inaugurate its re-opening. Impressed by an audio tape sent him by Lonqden. Mackintosh offered to stage what was then called MOBY DICK: A WHALE OF A TALE!
Originally an intimate piece with a cast of twelve performing with an upright piano, it became a greatly expanded version featuring a troupe of thirty and a six-piece band. The end result was a madcap romp, with veteran cabaret star Tony Monopoly playing the headmistress/Captain Ahab in drag, that immediately developed a cult following among the university students. One of its first venues was aboard Ki Longfellow's Old Profanity Showboat where after a slow start, it quickly became sold out. Against the advice of his staff, Mackintosh decided the show was suited for a full-fledged West End production, and in March 1992 he opened MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Despite scathing reviews, audiences were increasingly appreciative and nightly gave ovations. The economics of the large venue forced it to close after 4 months. Such was its public appeal, Cameron later recalled, that the announcement of closure sent audience reaction into orbit and it barnstormed out of the West End as if MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL were one of the greatest hits of all time.
Music Theatre International's own Russell Ochocki "Americanized" the show in a 2003 New York workshop. By removing all the unfamiliar British references and playing down many of the burlesque aspects, the reworked show is now the licensed version. Filled with double and triple entendre, and more goofy humor than you can imagine, MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL is guaranteed to make your audiences laugh in spite of themselves.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
Hymn
Parent's Day
Forbidden Seas
In Old Nantucket
A Man Happens
Ahab's Curse
Gypsy Dancer
Love Will Always
Primitive
Punish Us
People Build Walls
Pequod
At Sea One Day
Building America

Act II
Living Shadows
Mr. Starbuck
Heave Away
Deck Dance
Can't Keep Out The Night
Ahab's Insomnia
A Whale Of Tale
Daily Massacre
Ship Ahoy
Shadows Of The Deep
Storm
Heave Away (Reprise)
The Whale's Revenge
Save The Whale

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Moby Dick

Version 1

Moby Dick (1991-xx-Old Fire Station Theatre-Oxford) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : Inconnu
Dernière : Inconnu
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Chorégraphie :
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Version 2

Moby Dick (1992-03-Piccadilly Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 17 mars 1992
Première : mardi 17 mars 1992
Dernière : samedi 04 juillet 1992
Mise en scène : Robert Longden
Chorégraphie : Anthony Lapsey
Avec : Tony Monopoly (Dorothy Hyman/Ahab), Hope Augustus (Lolita/Esta/Tashtego), Jayne Collins (Trixie/Starbuck), Jackie Crawford (Cora/Pip/Chilean), Theresa Kartell, Leigh MacDonald, Joanne Redman, Dawn Spence, Earl Tobias, Mark White, Emma Priest, John Tobias
Commentaires :
The show generally met with critical howls of derision. Cameron Mackintosh kept the show running for 15 weeks in the hope of building up some kind of cult following – but it finally succumbed to the inevitable. Over the years it would acquire a “legendary flop” status.
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Version 3

Moby Dick (2001-07-Sommer Festival-Amstetten) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 25 juillet 2001
Première : mercredi 25 juillet 2001
Dernière : samedi 18 août 2001
Mise en scène : Werner Sobotka
Chorégraphie : Denis Callahan
Avec :
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Mais aussi, quelques versions régionales ou mineures, ... de Moby Dick

 

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