Le titre complet est en fait: "The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd"

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Résumé

Resembling a music hall production more than a book musical, the allegorical plot examines the maintenance of the status quo between the upper and lower classes of British society in the 1960s. The two main characters are Sir and Cocky. Since Sir forever is changing the rules of the game of life, downtrodden young Cocky always gets the short end of the stick. Assisting Sir is his eager disciple Kid, anxious to pick up bits of wisdom while helping keep Cocky in his place.

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With this project, Bricusse and Newley had hoped to match the success of their 1962 hit Stop the World - I Want to Get Off. The show toured the UK in anticipation of a London opening, but audience interest was minimal, and it never reached the West End. American theatre producer David Merrick saw it in Liverpool and, aware production costs could be kept low, decided to bring it to the States, starting with a lengthy national tour. An original cast recording was released by RCA Victor long before the show reached New York City, and Tony Bennett's version of "Who Can I Turn To?" proved to be a hit that kept the show in the public's awareness. The tour was so successful that most of Merrick's investment was paid back while the show was on the road. It was the 1964 UK production of the musical in which Elaine Paige made her first professional appearance on stage.

After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Newley and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened on May 16 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 231 performances. The cast included Newley as Cocky, Cyril Ritchard as Sir, and newcomer Sally Smith as Kid, with Joyce Jillson in a supporting role. Conductor Herbert Grossman served as Music Director.

 

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Génèse du musical

With this project, Bricusse and Newley had hoped to match the success of their 1962 hit Stop the World - I Want to Get Off. The show toured the UK in anticipation of a London opening, but audience interest was minimal, and it never reached the West End. American theatre producer David Merrick saw it in Liverpool and, aware production costs could be kept low, decided to bring it to the States, starting with a lengthy national tour. An original cast recording was released by RCA Victor long before the show reached New York City, and Tony Bennett's version of "Who Can I Turn To?" proved to be a hit that kept the show in the public's awareness. The tour was so successful that most of Merrick's investment was paid back while the show was on the road. It was the 1964 UK production of the musical in which Elaine Paige made her first professional appearance on stage.

After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Newley and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened on May 16 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 231 performances. The cast included Newley as Cocky, Cyril Ritchard as Sir, and newcomer Sally Smith as Kid, with Joyce Jillson in a supporting role. Conductor Herbert Grossman served as Music Director.

 

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Liste des chansons

Act I
The Beautiful Land
A Wonderful Day Like Today
It Isn't Enough
Things to Remember
Put It in the Book
With All Due Respect
This Dream
Where Would You Be Without Me?
Look at That Face
My First Love Song
The Joker
Who Can I Turn To?

Act II
A Funny Funeral
That's What It Is To Be Young
What a Man!
Feeling Good
Nothing Can Stop Me Now!
Things to Remember (Reprise)
My Way
Who Can I Turn To? (Reprise)
The Beautiful Land (Reprise)
Sweet Beginning

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Version 1

Roar of the Greasepaint (The) (1964-08-Pre West End Tour) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : lundi 03 août 1964
Première : lundi 03 août 1964
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Cocky ... Norman Wisdom / Sir ... Willoughby Goddard / The Kid ... Sally Smith / The Girl ... Dilys Watling / The Negro ... Cy Grant / The Bully ... Bruce Wells
Commentaires :
This show was to have opened in London prior to New York. It had a pre-London tour starring Norman Wisdom in the summer of 1964 but the tour was a flop. The show did not reach London until 1988, 24 years later.
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Version 2

Roar of the Greasepaint (The) (1965-05-Shubert Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 7 previews - 231 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 11 mai 1965
Première : dimanche 16 mai 1965
Dernière : samedi 04 décembre 1965
Mise en scène : Anthony Newley
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Avec : Cocky ... Anthony Newley / Sir ... Cyril Ritchard / The Kid ... Sally Smith / The Girl ... Joyce Jillson / The Negro ... Gilbert Price / The Bully ... Murray Tannenbaum
Commentaires :
Tryout Dates: Shubert Theatre [Philadelphia, PA] February 1965 - ? / Shubert Theatre [New Haven, CT] 3/15/1965 - 3/20/1965 / Shubert Theatre [Boston, MA]
April 1965 - ?
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Version 3

Roar of the Greasepaint (The) (2011-06-Finborough Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 07 juin 2011
Première : jeudi 09 juin 2011
Dernière : samedi 02 juillet 2011
Mise en scène : Ian Judge
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Matthew Ashforde (Cocky), Oliver Beamish (Sir), Terry Doe (The Negro), Jennifer Done, Samantha Giffard, Louisa Maxwell, Beth Morrissey, Elizabeth Rowden, Tanya Shields, Charlotte Silver, Hannah Wilding
Commentaires :
This fringe-theatre version was its London premiere. The critics decided the score was undoubtedly worth the cost of the ticket, but at the same time you were obliged to sit through “wearisome philosophising, a lack of narrative drive, and satire that is always sacrificed to saccharine” (Guardian)
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