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Salad Days (1954)

Compositeur: Julian Slade

Parolier: Dorothy Reynolds • Julian Slade

Librettiste: Dorothy Reynolds • Julian Slade

Conceived for the Bristol Old Vic Company as an end-of-term intimate revue for students of drama, and written in just six weeks, Salad Days transferred from the Theatre Royal, Bristol, to the West End, where it became for a while the longest-running musical in British theatre history, with 2.288 performances at the Vaudeville.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

In a sunny, happy, optimistic and often absurd 1954, Timothy and Jane graduate from University. Under pressure from their parents they have to find a job and a husband, respectively. Timothy's family send him off to meet a series of influential and increasingly eccentric uncles, while Jane's mother lines up a series of eligible but dull potential husbands. A chance meeting with a tramp brings the couple together as his street piano - named Minnie - gives everyone an irresistible and unstoppable urge to dance. The tramp gives Timothy the job of looking after the piano for a month. Once the month is over and after all kinds of wonderful adventures - including a ride in a flying saucer - Minnie the piano is passed on to a new couple and Timothy and Jane's families are reconciled.

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The musical was first staged for three weeks at the Bristol Old Vic. It had an extremely long run in the West End and was later staged at the Crest Theatre, Toronto - a production which transferred to New York, where it managed a short run of just 80 performances.

Particularités

1 Salad Days peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Salad Days premiered in the UK at the Theatre Royal, Bristol in June 1954, and transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 5 August 1954, running for 2,283 performances to become the longest-running show in musical theatre history until overtaken by My Fair Lady in the U.S. (1956) and Oliver! In the U.K. (1960). In the Evening Standard Awards for 1955, Salad Days was given the Award for Most Enjoyable Show (although The Pajama Game won as Best Musical). The musical was produced by Denis Carey, with dances arranged by Elizabeth West, and with a cast that featured Dorothy Reynolds in a variety of roles, John Warner as Timothy and Eleanor Drew as Jane. Slade played one of the two pianos. The reviewer in The Guardian wrote: "There is no pointed satire, only a passable line of wit, but the effect is one of genuine high spirits and those who liked it on Thursday were ready to call it the gayest piece of entertainment since The Mikado. Others were heard to compare it to a children's party, meaning that they found the fun jejune, 'undergraduate,' and limited."

The Canadian premiere of Salad Days in 1956 was at the Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto for several months with Barry Morse as director and Alan Lund as choreographer. The show transferred to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and then to Her Majesty's Theatre in Montreal. Morse wrote that it played "successfully" and was "again a triumph". Morse revived the production at the Crest Theatre, Toronto and then brought it to New York. The New York production, featuring Richard Easton, opened at the Barbizon Plaza Theatre (then located at Avenue of the Americas and 58th Street) on November 10, 1958 and ran for 80 performances. Morse described the theatre as "not a Broadway theatre … a perfectly comfortable and centrally situated theatre which was housed in a hotel." He further wrote "as rotten luck would have it there was a newspaper strike which started just a few days before we opened." There were no reviews, and the show closed in January 1959 when, according to Morse, "our financial resources were used up."

The show was revived in the West End in April 1976 at The Duke of York's Theatre, running for 133 performances, and featured Elizabeth Seal. Salad Days was next revived in April 1996 at London's Vaudeville Theatre, directed by Ned Sherrin and featuring Simon Connolly, Nicola Fulljames and Richard Sisson. In his review for The Guardian, Michael Billington wrote: "Time has also changed both the show and our attitude towards it. What seemed hopelessly innocent in 1954 has now acquired the patina of camp."

The show received a new production by Tête à Tête opera company, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones, originally produced in November 2009 at Riverside Studios in London, and revived for over two months in 2010–2011. That revival was a sell-out and the production is revived again for Christmas & New Year 2012-13 at Riverside Studios

 

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The title is taken from William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: "My salad days, When I was green in judgment, cold in blood, To say as I said then!",[3] and the phrase has come to be used generally to refer to one's days of youthful inexperience. The musical's enduring popularity lies in its light-hearted innocence and apparent simplicity, in sharp contrast to the many "hard-nosed" American musicals of the era, and its bright score including the songs "We Said We Wouldn't Look Back", "I Sit in the Sun", and "We're Looking for a Piano".

The musical was parodied, in a particularly bloody manner, by Monty Python in their skit Sam Peckinpah's "Salad Days".

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Salad Days

Version 1

Salad Days (1954-08-Vaudeville Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre : 2283 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 05 août 1954
Première : jeudi 05 août 1954
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Denis Carey
Chorégraphie : Elizabeth West
Avec : Eleanor Drew (Jane), John Warner (Timothy), Newton Blick (Tramp), James Caimcross, Michael Aldridge, Dorothy Reynolds
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Version 2

Salad Days (1958-11-Barbizon Plaza Theatre-Off Broadway) (Original Off-Broadway)
Durée :
Nombre : 80 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 10 novembre 1958
Première : lundi 10 novembre 1958
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Barry Morse
Chorégraphie : Alan Lund • Blanche Lund
Avec : Richard Easton / Jack Creley / Eric Christmas / Helen Burns / Barbara Franklin / Norma Renault / Powys Thomas / Gillie Fenwick / Mary Savidge / Tom Kneebone
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Version 3

Salad Days (1961-12-Prince's Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre : 46 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 26 décembre 1961
Première : mardi 26 décembre 1961
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Julian Slade
Chorégraphie : Diana Murdoch
Avec : Alan Hockey (Tramp), Sheila Chester (Jane), Derek Holmes (Timothy), Bob Harris (Troppo), Pat Michael, Richard Fraser
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Version 4

Salad Days (1964-08-Lyric Hammersmith Main House-London) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre : 39 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 18 août 1964
Première : mardi 18 août 1964
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Jasmine Dee
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Trevor Griffiths (Trump), Belinda Carrol (Jane), Philip Blaine (Timothy), Patrick Duggan (Troppo), Pat Michael, Richard Fraser, Barry Howard, Olivia Breeze, John Inman
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Version 5

Salad Days (1976-04-Duke of York's Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée :
Nombre : 133 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 14 avril 1976
Première : mercredi 14 avril 1976
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : David Conville
Chorégraphie : Wayne Sleep
Avec : Bill Kerr (Tramp), Christina Matthews (Jane), Adam Bareham (Timothy), Louis Hammond (Troppo), Sheila Steafel, Elizabeth Seal, Ian Talbot
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Version 6

Salad Days (1996-04-Vaudeville Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 148 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 17 avril 1996
Première : jeudi 18 avril 1996
Dernière : samedi 24 août 1996
Mise en scène : Ned Sherrin
Chorégraphie : Lindsay Dolan
Avec : David Morton (Tramp), Nicola Fulljames (Jane), Simon Connolly (Timothy), Richard Sisson (Troppo), Elizabeth Counsell, Gay Soper, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Sarah Mortimer
Commentaires :
This production originated at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and was mounted to mark the 40th anniversary of the show - although it was actually 42 years since its London premiere. It ran just under five months.
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Version 7

Salad Days (2009-11-Riverside Studios-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 13 novembre 2009
Première : vendredi 13 novembre 2009
Dernière : dimanche 22 novembre 2009
Mise en scène : Bill Bankes-Jones
Chorégraphie : Queeny Sachs
Avec : Matthew Hawksworth (Tramp), Michelle Francis (Jane), Sam Harrison (Timothy), Lee Boggess (Troppo), Claire Machin, Sophie-Louise Dann, Emma Burford, Ellie Robertson, Richard Suart, Andrew Ahern, Graham Howes, Spencer O’Brien.
Commentaires :
The performing area at the Riverside Studios had been transformed into a park, with acres of Astroturf, and the audience sitting at white garden tables and served Pimms and cucumber sandwiches. At certain points in the show the audience were actively encouraged to get out of their seats and join in the dancing.
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Version 8

Salad Days (2010-12-Riverside Studios-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 09 décembre 2010
Première : mardi 14 décembre 2010
Dernière : dimanche 06 février 2011
Mise en scène : Bill Bankes-Jones
Chorégraphie : Queeny Sachs
Avec : Matthew Hawksworth (Tramp) , Katie Moore (Jane) , Sam Harrison (Timothy) , Lee Boggess (Troppo) , Ellie Robertson, Andrew Ahern, Spencer O’Brien, Luke Baker, Rebecca Caine, Charlie Cameron, Emma Harris, Mark Inscoe, Richard Kent, Kathryn Martin, Tanya Stephens, Tony Timberlake
Commentaires :
This was a revival of the show which ran at the Riverside Studios the previous November. There were a few changes of cast.
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