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Unsinkable Molly Brown (The) (1960)

Compositeur: Meredith Willson

Parolier: Meredith Willson

Librettiste: Richard Morris

The exploits of Molly Brown, whose feisty determination to rise above her impoverished beginnings leads her from the backwoods of Hannibal, Missouri, to the palaces of Europe. Along the way, she marries, enters the highest echelons of Monte Carlo society, survives the sinking of the Titanic and, most importantly, earns the approval she so desperately seeks of those 'beautiful people of Denver'.

Based on a real-life person, this was musically very much a follow up to Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”, with marches, revivalist numbers, country-dances and “Americana” music.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Molly Brown rises from a rag-a-muffin tomboy in a tumbledown shanty to become an international heroine. Upon leaving her Irish father's side she storms the Colorado countryside in search of money and success. In her travels she meets, and later marries, Leadville Johnny Brown who soon discovers one of the largest silver mines in the United States. Now rich, Molly tries to besiege the Denver social register. Set back in her attempts, she decides that she and Johnny need the cultures of Europe. In Europe, Molly thrives on her cultural opportunities. However, Johnny feels out of place and dreams only of the pleasures of Colorado. Eventually even his undying love for his wife is not enough to keep him in Europe and he persuades Molly that they must return home. Molly accepts but invites several of her royal friends to come socialise with her in Denver. Her dreams of leadership of the Denver 400 soon fade as her royal coming-out party is turned into a free-for-all brawl by some of Johnny's friends. Ultimately defeated, Molly returns to Europe, leaving Johnny behind. After achieving social boredom in a lonely year with royal society, she sails for home on the ill-fated Titanic. When the ship is sunk at sea, Molly leads a lifeboat of survivors to safety - a superhuman feat inspired by her longing to return home to Johnny. Her heroism wins the admiration of the society that had spurned her.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 3, 1960 and closed on February 10, 1962 after 532 performances and 1 preview. It was directed by Dore Schary and choreographed by Peter Gennaro. The opening cast included Tammy Grimes, Harve Presnell, and Jack Harrold. Grimes won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Grimes appeared in the US national tour in 1962, including Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and June 1962, respectively.

Presnell reprised his stage role for the 1964 film, also entitled The Unsinkable Molly Brown starring Debbie Reynolds. The two starred in a 1989-1990 national tour.

The first West End production, with Abi Finley and Sean Pol McGreevy in the leading roles, opened in May 2009

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
Overture -- Orchestra
I Ain't Down Yet -- Molly Tobin and Her Brothers
Belly Up to the Bar, Boys -- Molly Tobin, Christmas Morgan and the Miners
I've A'ready Started In -- Johnny "Leadville" Brown, Christmas Morgan, Charlie, Burt and Gitter
I'll Never Say No -- Johnny "Leadville" Brown
My Own Brass Bed -- Molly Tobin
The Denver Police -- Three Policemen
Beautiful People of Denver -- Molly Tobin
Are You Sure? -- Molly Tobin, Monsignor Ryan and Guests
I Ain't Down Yet (Reprise)-- Molly Tobin and Johnny "Leadville" Brown

Act II
Happy Birthday, Mrs. J. J. Brown -- Princess DeLong, Prince DeLong and the International set
Bon Jour (The Language Song) -- Molly Tobin, Prince DeLong and the International set
If I Knew -- Johnny "Leadville" Brown
Chick-a-pen -- Molly Tobin and Johnny "Leadville" Brown
Keep-a-Hoppin' -- Johnny "Leadville" Brown and His Leadville Friends
Up Where the People Are -- Monte Carlo Guests
Dolce Far Niente -- Prince DeLong and Molly Tobin
Colorado, My Home -- Johnny "Leadville" Brown, Molly Tobin and Leadville Friends

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Version 1

Unsinkable Molly Brown (The) (1960-11-Winter Garden Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 532 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 03 novembre 1960
Première : jeudi 03 novembre 1960
Dernière : samedi 10 février 1962
Mise en scène : Dore Schary
Chorégraphie : Peter Gennaro
Avec : Tammy Grimes (Molly Tobin), Sterling Clark (Michael Tobin), Bill Starr (Aloysius Tobin), Bob Daley (Patrick Tobin), Cameron Prud'homme (Shamus Tobin), Norman Fredericks (Father Flynn), Woody Hurst (Charlie), Joe Sirola (Christmas Morgan), Tom Larson (Burt), Lynn Gay Lorino (Saloon Girl)
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Version 2

Unsinkable Molly Brown (The) (1964-06-Film) (Film)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 11 juin 1964
Première : jeudi 11 juin 1964
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Charles Walters
Chorégraphie : Peter Gennaro
Avec : Debbie Reynolds (Molly Brown), Harve Presnell ("Leadville" Johnny Brown), Ed Begley (Shamus Tobin), Jack Kruschen (Christmas Morgan), Hermione Baddeley (Buttercup Grogan), Vassili Lambrinos (Prince Louis de Laniere), Fred Essler (Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg), Harvey Lembeck (Polak), Lauren Gilbert (Mr. Fitzgerald), Kathryn Card (Mrs. Wadlington)
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Version 3

Unsinkable Molly Brown (The) (2009-05-Landor Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 27 mai 2009
Première : vendredi 29 mai 2009
Dernière : samedi 20 juin 2009
Mise en scène : Thom Southerland
Chorégraphie : Sally Brooks
Avec : Abi Finlay (Molly Brown), Sean Pol McGreevy (Johnny Brown), Susan Travers (Grand Duchess), James Bartholomew (Prince DeLong), Tony Wise (Shamus Tobin), Julie Ross (Buttercup Grogan), Richard Woolnough (Christmas Morgan), Claire Everson (Mrs McGlone)
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The show had waited almost fifty years for this London premiere. The Landor is a larger space than many other fringe venues, so the decision to use actor-musicians rather than a separate band was considered to be a money-saving device rather than an artistic decision – and it was generally felt to have handicapped an already dated and clunky musical.
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