Première Preview: jeudi 26 mars 1970Première: lundi 30 mars 1970Dernière: jeudi 27 juillet 1972
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1970-03-Original Broadway CastStars:Date de sortie:1970-03-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 20 tracksArtistes:Lauren Bacall, Len Cariou, Bonnie Franklin, Penny Fuller, Brandon Maggart, Robert Mandan, Lee Roy Reams, Charles Strouse, Ann WilliamsTracks:01. Overture
02. Backstage Babble
03. Think How It's Gonna Be
04. But Alive
05. The Best Night of My Life
06. Who's That Girl?
08. Hurry Back
09. Fasten Your Seat Belts
10. Welcome to the Theatre
11. Good Friends
12. She's No Longer a Gypsy
13. One of a King
14. One Hallowe'en
15. Something Greater
17. Applause -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) [BONUS]
18. The Loneliest Man in Town -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) [BONUS]
19. Smashing N.Y. Times -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) [BONUS]
20. God Bless -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) [BONUS]Commentaires:Applause was the biggest hit to emerge from the 1969-70 Broadway musical season. An adaptation of the classic 1950 film All About Eve, it told the story of aging Broadway star, Margo Channing, and her scheming protégée Eve Harrington. In the movie, Margo had been played by 42-year-old Bette Davis, and Eve by Anne Baxter. Onstage, it was 45-year-old Lauren Bacall, making her musical theater debut, and Penny Fuller. The book was by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (for once not writing lyrics), while the score was by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, whose only previous hit was Bye Bye Birdie (though Golden Boy had a respectable run). The show was a triumph for Bacall, who won the Tony for best actress, and it also created a star in Bonnie Franklin, who sang the title song (which became a minor standard) and went on to the 1975 TV series One Day at a Time. Solidly written and directed, Applause won the Tony for best musical and ran just short of 900 performances. (It didn't hurt that the producers had the clever idea of replacing Bacall with Anne Baxter, now old enough to play Margo instead of Eve.) As the cast album reveals, however, the weak spot in the show was the score, which is traditional-sounding and pedestrian. Not known as a singer, Bacall hasn't much range, but the songs have been tailored for her limitations, so that's not a problem. The problem is a lack of originality. You only have to compare it to Stephen Sondheim's score for Company, which opened less than a month later, to hear the death throes of an old Broadway and the sparkling birth of a new one. This may help explain why there were no major revivals of Applause after the initial production (though there was a 1971 national tour, a 1972 London production, and a 1973 TV broadcast, all featuring Bacall) and why the original Broadway cast album, the only recording of the score, went out of print by the dawn of the CD era. It took until after the show's 30th anniversary for the Universal Music Group, inheritor of the old ABC Records catalog, to get around to reissuing it on CD for the first time on its Decca Broadway label on October 17, 2000. The reissue featured four valuable bonus tracks, all demonstration recordings by composer Charles Strouse made prior to the production. Strouse sang and played the title song along with three songs ultimately cut from the show that suggested the part of Howard Benedict, a combination of the film characters Max Fabian (Margo's producer) and Addison De Witt (the sinister critic played by George Sanders), may have been bigger in the early stages of the writing. "The Loneliest Man in Town" seemed to be a solo song for this character, and "God Bless" was a bitchy duet for him and Margo. "Smashing N.Y. Times," meanwhile, revealed the impact of reviews on the lives of the characters. All the cut songs were good enough to have been in the show, and they provided a fascinating glimpse into the creative process. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide
A la fin des années '60, Margo Channing est une star de Broadway. Mais, en secret, elle est parano au sujet de son âge. C'est alors qu'une jeune fille ambitieuse, Eve, débarque dans sa vie. Très vite, cette jeune fille admirative va devenir la plus grande ennemie de Margo et entrer en compétition avec elle. Eve devient l'understudy de Margo et décide de la sapper complètement afin qu'elle puisse jouer le rôle devant les critiques. A la fin, Eve est devenue une star et la carrière de Margo se fane. Cependant, Margo se rend compte qu'elle peut trouver encore le bonheur … auprès de l'homme qu'elle aime, Bill.Synopsis complet
"We soon realized that the strength of "All About Eve", so soundly conceived and executed on the screen, lay in the timelessness of its basic story. This story has a universal appeal and instant recognition which could be transferred to any period or locale and still retain its essential quality. It is a tale of treachery, the humble underling, subtly boring from within to unseat and usurp the figure of power on the throne, told in terms of the witty, glamorous theatre star and the mousy, adoring girl from the sticks who ingratiates herself into the star's private world, and then systematically attempts to take over her career, her lover and her life. " - Betty Comden and Adolph Green
The musical is based on the screenplay for the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve and the original story by Mary Orr upon which the movie was based.
Génèse du musical
The Broadway production opened on March 30, 1970 at the Palace Theatre, and closed on July 27, 1972, after 896 performances and 4 previews. Directed and choreographed by Ron Field with the orchestrations of Philip J. Lang, the original cast included Lauren Bacall, Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Bonnie Franklin, Lee Roy Reams, Robert Mandan, Brandon Maggart, Ann Williams, and Nicholas Dante.
When Bacall's contract was up in 1971, the producers initially decided to cast film legend Rita Hayworth as Margo. Hayworth was very interested and flew to New York to audition for the role. However, unbeknownst to anyone at the time, Hayworth was suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease and could not retain lyrics or dialogue. Ironically, Anne Baxter, who had portrayed Eve in the original film, replaced Bacall as Margo Channing. When Baxter departed the show in 1972, actress Arlene Dahl replaced her for one month before the show closed.
The musical was later adapted for television, starring Bacall, with Larry Hagman replacing Len Cariou in the role of Bill Sampson. It aired in the United States on CBS on March 19, 1973. It has not been released commercially, but it is available for viewing at the Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in New York City and Beverly Hills, California.
New York City Center's Encores! presented a new production of Applause February 7 to 10, 2008. It was directed by Kathleen Marshall and starred Christine Ebersole, Michael Park, Erin Davie, Megan Sikora, Mario Cantone, Tom Hewitt, Chip Zien, and Kate Burton.
All About Eve (source material)
Applause, Applause (working title)
Applause: The Musical All About Eve (1996 Tour title)
Make Believe (working title)
Welcome to the Theatre (working title)
Liste des chansons
Think How It's Gonna Be
The Best Night of My Life
Who's That Girl?
Fasten Your Seat Belts
Welcome to the Theatre
The Best Night of My Life
She's No Longer a Gypsy
One of a Kind
Liste des rôles
Margo Channing - a star actress
Bill Samson - her director and fiancé
Eve Harrington - an ambitious girl
Howard Benedict - a powerful producer
Karen Richards - Wife of ........
Buzz Richards - a playwright
Duane Fox - a flamboyant dresser
Bonnie - the lead female dancer
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