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Arts theatre - Main stage - Londres - Angleterre

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Première Preview: mardi 15 mai 2001
Première: jeudi 31 mai 2001
Dernière: samedi 13 octobre 2001

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Artistes

Mise en scène:
Gemma Bodinetz
Chorégraphie:
Peter Darling
Avec:
Paul Keating (Straight Dave), Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), David Burt (Vic Christian), Frances Barber (Billie Tricks), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), David Langham (Flynn), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richarson, Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Marcos White

Presse

NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says the show, “Brings a rush of excitement and daring to London's musical theatre.”

SUSANNAH CLAPP for The OBSERVER says, “It delivers its tat with fervour, and its giftedness lightly: the music is better, the rhymes sharper than most of what cruises round the West End. It's essence of camp.”

CAITLIN MORAN for THE TIMES says, “The first half was perfect. It was fluffy and meant nothing……The second half, however, sadly and rapidly descended into I-have-something-to-say-itis.

BRIAN LOGAN for TIME OUT says, "It's mostly likeable alternative to 'Fame', 'The King and I' and all those other circles of London's very own musical hell." “

KATE BASSETT for THE INDEPENDENT did not like it at all saying, “This West End venture is an excruciating failure.” And goes on to say, “The lyrics are so banal that muddy amplification is a mercy.” And continues, “Barber shamelessly hams it up. Keating, supposedly a lust-magnet, is a lacklustre non-entity. Others are charmless cartoons.”

Commentaire

The message that a life of drug abuse, nightclubbing and promiscuous sex will leave you ravaged and lonely came over more as a warning than a sermon, and the Pet Shop Boys’ songs received much praise. However, this was very much aimed at a niche market.

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2001-05-Original London Cast

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Date de sortie:
2001-05-??
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
1 pour un total de 17 tracks
Artistes:
Frances Barber (Billie Trix), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), David Burt (Vic Christian), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, Paul Keating (Straight Dave), David Langham (Flynn), C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richardson, Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), Marcos White
Tracks:
01. My Night
02. Something Special
03. Closer to Heaven
04. In Denial
05. Call Me Old-Fashioned
06. Nine Out of Ten
07. It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling!
08. Hedorism [Instrumental]
09. Friendly Fire
10. Shameless
11. Vampires
12. Closer to Heaven
13. Out of My System
14. K-Hole [Instrumental]
15. For All of Us
16. Closer to Heaven
17. Positive Role Model
Commentaires:
The Pet Shop Boys' collaboration with playwright Jonathan Harvey for Closer to Heaven was a smashing success among the West End in 2001 and a delight for fans around the world. The original cast recording matched the musical's campy appeal and made the Pet Shop Boys accessible again, but on a theatrical scope that's chased their sound for decades. Closer to Heaven is vibrant and brash with lush pop decadence, but also a brazen tale of sex and drugs. What's more inviting is how the overall soundscape is uninhibited. Billie Trix, who's played by Frances Barber, is a vocal vixen. "My Night" is an infectious disco romp, but she sets the mood with the angelically sassy "Friendly Fire." The Pet Shop Boys' own "Vampires" and "Closer to Heaven" from 1999's Nightlife are recast; however, the sheer duet between characters Vic and Shell on "In Denial" shimmies with Hi-NRG breakbeats for something cheeky, yet sensitive. Closer to Heaven complements what's happened before and what's yet to come from the Pet Shop Boys. Fans should be pleased with the music, for it's all made for a stage. Whether it's dancing or theatrics, the Pet Shop Boys are taken by the excitement as well. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi All Music Guide

 

D'autres versions de cette oeuvre

Version 1

Arts theatre - Main stage à Londres (Original)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mar 15 mai 2001
Première : jeu 31 mai 2001
Dernière : sam 13 octobre 2001
Mise en scène : Gemma Bodinetz
Chorégraphie : Peter Darling
Avec : Paul Keating (Straight Dave), Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), David Burt (Vic Christian), Frances Barber (Billie Tricks), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), David Langham (Flynn), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richarson, Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Marcos White
Commentaires : The message that a life of drug abuse, nightclubbing and promiscuous sex will leave you ravaged and lonely came over more as a warning than a sermon, and the Pet Shop Boys’ songs received much praise. However, this was very much aimed at a niche market.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 2

Union Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 22 avril 2015
Première : mar 28 avril 2015
Dernière : sam 23 mai 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Jared Thompson (Straight Dave), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Amy Matthews (Shell), Connor Brabyn (Mile End Lee), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Craig Berry (Vic), Ken Christiansen (Bob), Ellie Mitchell, Tamsyn Blake, Grace Reynolds, Jamie Firth, Martin Harding, Ben Somerside and Alex Tranter.
Commentaires : Fourteen years after premiering, London welcomes back the definitive Pet Shop Boys musical, in its first West End revival. Written by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, the songs were specially written for the show, as opposed to a jukebox musical.
Vu le succès sera repris en octobre 2015.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 3

Union Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 21 octobre 2015
Première : mer 21 octobre 2015
Dernière : sam 28 novembre 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Alex Lodge (Straight Dave), Molly McGuire (Shell), Jonathan David Dudley (Mile End Lee), David Habbin (Vic), Nic Kyle (Bob), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Tilly Ford, Daniel James Greenway, Keira Marner, Ellie Mitchell, Anthony Starr, Philip Towne.
Commentaires : Reprise de la version jouée en avril-mai 2015.
En savoir plus sur cette version

 

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

The Night of your life… London's club-land. Suddenly what was wrong seems right…

Dave, young, sexy and fresh from Ireland, falls for beautiful, ambitious Shell and streetwise drug dealer Mile End Lee. Billie Tricks, seventies rock icon and now hostess of a glitzy London nightclub, is there when they need to turn to "mother". Meanwhile the outrageous Bob Saunders, pop manager extraordinaire, has his own plans for Dave. As fame and fortune beckon, Dave quickly learns that things aren't always as straightforward as then seem

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Particularités

1 Closer to heaven est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Towards the end of 1999 The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyds Webber's company, agreed to finance a workshop. A full cast, director, choreographer and designer worked on the show and rehearsed it for three weeks, culminating in three private performances in North London at the end of May 2000 which went very well. "Actually it was astonishingly accomplished", says Neil. "The idea of a workshop is to see what worked and what didn't work. It was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm".
The musical which was originally going to be called 'Nightlife', is set against the backdrop of London's clubland. It features 15 new tracks, including 'Friendly Fire' which the Boys played at the London Savoy Theatre in 1997, and few tracks from 'Nightlife'.

Several songs had been written for the musical but were not used. These include 'The Only One' and 'For Your Own Good' from the 'Nightlife' album and also the unreleased songs, 'Tall Thin Men', 'A Little Black Dress', 'Home' and 'You've Got To Start Somewhere'. The three versions of 'Closer To Heaven' in the show each have different lyrics.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

"My Night" - Billie Trix & Cast
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Vic
"Something Special" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" (instrumental)
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Dave
"In Denial" - Vic & Shell
"Call Me Old Fashioned" - Bob Saunders
"Nine Out of Ten" - Shell & Straight Dave
"It's just my little tribute to Caligula, darling!" - Billie Trix (featured in rehearsal scene)
"Hedonism (instrumental)"
"Friendly Fire" - Billie Trix
"In Denial" - Straight Dave & Shell
"Something' Special (reprise) - Straight Dave
"Shameless" - Vile Celebrities
"Vampires" - Vic
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave & Mile End Lee
"Out of my System" - Shell with Billie Trix, Flynn & Trannies
"K-Hole (instrumental - featuring an excerpt of "Run, girl, run!" - Billie Trix)"
"For All of Us" - Straight Dave
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" - Straight Dave
"My Night" - The Cast

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Quelques remarques

Most of the songs that appeared in Closer to Heaven were specifically written for the musical because Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe did not want to produce a "jukebox musical" in the vein of Mamma Mia! or We Will Rock You. Several of the musical's songs were pre-released on the Pet Shop Boys' 1999 album Nightlife, including "Closer to Heaven", "In Denial", and "Vampires". Nightlife was recorded whilst they were writing Closer to Heaven and originally more of the album's tracks appeared in the musical. The oldest song is "Shameless", which originally appeared as the B-side to "Go West" in 1993.

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Closer to heaven

Version 1

Closer to heaven (2001-05-Art's theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 15 mai 2001
Première : jeudi 31 mai 2001
Dernière : samedi 13 octobre 2001
Mise en scène : Gemma Bodinetz
Chorégraphie : Peter Darling
Avec : Paul Keating (Straight Dave), Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), David Burt (Vic Christian), Frances Barber (Billie Tricks), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), David Langham (Flynn), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richarson, Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Marcos White
Commentaires :
The message that a life of drug abuse, nightclubbing and promiscuous sex will leave you ravaged and lonely came over more as a warning than a sermon, and the Pet Shop Boys’ songs received much praise. However, this was very much aimed at a niche market.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 2

Closer to heaven (2015-04-Union Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 22 avril 2015
Première : mardi 28 avril 2015
Dernière : samedi 23 mai 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Jared Thompson (Straight Dave), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Amy Matthews (Shell), Connor Brabyn (Mile End Lee), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Craig Berry (Vic), Ken Christiansen (Bob), Ellie Mitchell, Tamsyn Blake, Grace Reynolds, Jamie Firth, Martin Harding, Ben Somerside and Alex Tranter.
Commentaires :
Fourteen years after premiering, London welcomes back the definitive Pet Shop Boys musical, in its first West End revival. Written by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, the songs were specially written for the show, as opposed to a jukebox musical.
Vu le succès sera repris en octobre 2015.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Version 3

Closer to heaven (2015-10-Union Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 21 octobre 2015
Première : mercredi 21 octobre 2015
Dernière : samedi 28 novembre 2015
Mise en scène : Gene David Kirk
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Alex Lodge (Straight Dave), Molly McGuire (Shell), Jonathan David Dudley (Mile End Lee), David Habbin (Vic), Nic Kyle (Bob), Katie Meller (Billie Trix), Ben Kavanagh (Flynn), Tilly Ford, Daniel James Greenway, Keira Marner, Ellie Mitchell, Anthony Starr, Philip Towne.
Commentaires :
Reprise de la version jouée en avril-mai 2015.
En savoir plus sur cette version

Mais aussi, quelques versions régionales ou mineures, ... de Closer to heaven

 

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1) 2001-05-Original London Cast



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