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My one and only (1983)

Compositeur: George Gershwin

Parolier: Ira Gershwin

Librettiste: Peter Stone • Timothy S Mayer

MY ONE AND ONLY, the Tony Award winning musical which opened on Broadway on May Day, 1983, concerns an aviator, a Channel swimmer and the America of 1927 which knew exactly what it wanted -I Can't Be Bothered Now. It features a sensational George and Ira Gershwin score.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Captain Billy Buck Chandler wants to be the first to make a solo flight across the Atlantic. Edythe
Herbert, a champion swimmer, is being blackmailed by her wicked Russian manager who has some
compromising photographs of her . This devious baddy known as Prince Nikki (and secretly a spy) will get his
come-uppance, thanks to Billy’s airplane engineer, a rather butch lady called Mickey (who turns out to be a
secret agent). By then, however, Billy and Edythe have fallen in love, have crashed on a desert island (actually
Staten Island!), and have seen off a bootlegging Harlem minister and a tap-dancing philosopher called Mr
Magix.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Just prior to out of town tryouts in Boston, the original director, Peter Sellars, was fired, with the musical director and arranger, the book writer, Tim Mayer, and set designer, Adrianne Lobel, dismissed soon after. Tommy Tune "nominally took over the direction with his co-choreographer Thommie Walsh, and Mike Nichols, Tony Walton and...Michael Bennett were brought in to help with the direction, choreography and set design."

Productions
My One and Only opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on May 1, 1983 and closed on March 3, 1985 after 767 performances and 37 previews. The musical was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh. The cast included Tune, Twiggy, Roscoe Lee Browne, Denny Dillon, Charles "Honi" Coles, and Nana Visitor. Notable replacements during the run included Sandy Duncan, Don Correia, Jeff Calhoun, and Georgia Engel.

The musical opened in the UK at the Chichester Festival Theatre and then opened in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in February 2002, starring Janie Dee as Edythe Herbert and Tim Flavin as Captain Billy Buck Chandler, with direction by Loveday Ingram and choreography by Craig Revel Horwood.

Cabaret singer and Gershwin historian Michael Feinstein served as the musical consultant for the project. An extensive review of the show's creation can be found in his book" Nice Work If You Can Get It" in a chapter entitled My One and Only Tommy Tune Fling.

There were several tours, all with Tommy Tune. The first was in 1985 with Sandy Duncan which started at the Kennedy Center in March 1985 and included a six week engagement in Japan. Lucie Arnaz replaced Duncan in this tour. Stephanie Zimbalist starred in the US national tour in 1987.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
I Can't Be Bothered Now
Blah, Blah, Blah
Boy Wanted
Soon
High Hat/Sweet and Low
Just Another Rhumba
He Loves and She Loves
'S Wonderful
Strike Up the Band

Act II
In The Swim
Nice Work If You Can Get It
My One And Only
Funny Face
Kicking The Clouds Away
How Long Has This Been Going On?

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Version 1

My one and only (1983-03-St James Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 1 an 10 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 37 previews - 767 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 31 mars 1983
Première : dimanche 01 mai 1983
Dernière : dimanche 03 mars 1985
Mise en scène : Tommy Tune • Thommie Walsh
Chorégraphie : Tommy Tune • Thommie Walsh
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Version 2

My one and only (2002-02-Piccadilly Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 183 représentations
Première Preview : samedi 09 février 2002
Première : lundi 25 février 2002
Dernière : samedi 03 août 2002
Mise en scène : Loveday Ingram
Chorégraphie : Craig Revel Horwood
Avec : Tim Flavin (Captain Billy Buck), Janie Dee (Edythe), Hilton McRae (Prince Nikki), Jenny Galloway (Mickey), Richard Calkin (Revd. Montgomery), Richard Lloyd King (Mr Magix), Paul J. Medford, Horace Oliver, Mykal Rand, Omar F. Okai, Kevin Brewis.
Commentaires :
This show started life as a revival of the Gershwins’1927 musical “Funny Face”, but by the time it opened in New York in May 1983 it had been given a new story, cut half the original songs and added numbers from other Gershwin shows); and had gone through 4 directors and 6 librettists. Given a new title, “My One and Only”, ran for 767 Broadway performances starring Twiggy and Tommy Tune. Its UK premiere was at Chichester in July 2001, and transferred to the West End. It generally received good notices, with special praise for the choreography but only managed 183 performances and a five month run.
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