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Human Comedy (The) (1983)

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Broadway - Etats-Unis

05/04/1984 > 15/04/1984

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Broadway - Etats-Unis

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Première Preview: mardi 20 mars 1984
Première: jeudi 05 avril 1984
Dernière: dimanche 15 avril 1984

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Mise en scène:
Wilford Leach
Chorégraphie:
Avec:
Homer Macauley ... Stephen Geoffreys / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Spangler ... Rex Smith / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Mrs. Kate Macauley ... Bonnie Koloc / Marcus Macauley ... Don Kehr / Bess Macauley ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio / Ulysses Macauley ... Josh Blake / Mary Arena ... Caroline Peyton / Tobey ... Joseph Kolinski

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Like Hair and A Chorus Line before it, The Human Comedy garnered reviews favorable enough to prompt Papp to transfer it a larger, uptown Broadway house. After twenty previews, with its downtown director and cast intact, it opened on April 5, 1984 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for only 13 performances. The general reaction being this was more an oratorio for the concert platform rather than a conventional theatre.

Frank Rich's critique of the original production had been positive, but New York Times policy prohibited re-reviewing shows unless they were changed substantially, so his earlier comments were overshadowed by those damaging ones made more recently by Clive Barnes, among others. The general consensus was that The Human Comedy, with its intimate story staged in a semi-oratorio style with no scenery save for rear projections used to define each scene's locale, was not suited for a large venue with a conventional proscenium stage. Following Dude and Via Galactica, it was MacDermot's third critical and commercial failure, and proved to be his last attempt at a Broadway musical.

 

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Version 1

Public Theatre - Anspacher à Broadway (Off) (Original)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 28 décembre 1983
Première : mer 28 décembre 1983
Dernière : ven 04 mai 1984
Mise en scène : Wilford Leach
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Ulysses ... Josh Blake / Helen ... Anne Marie Bobby / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Thief ... Christopher Edmonds / Miss Hicks ... Laurie Franks / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Homer ... Stephen Geoffreys / Beautiful Music ... Delores Hall / Trainman ... David Johnson (i) / Voice of Matthew & Marcus ... Don Kehr
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Version 2

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre à Broadway (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre : 20 previews - 13 représentations
Première Preview : mar 20 mars 1984
Première : jeu 05 avril 1984
Dernière : dim 15 avril 1984
Mise en scène : Wilford Leach
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Homer Macauley ... Stephen Geoffreys / Mr. Grogan ... Gordon Connell / Spangler ... Rex Smith / Diana Steed ... Leata Galloway / Mrs. Kate Macauley ... Bonnie Koloc / Marcus Macauley ... Don Kehr / Bess Macauley ... Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio / Ulysses Macauley ... Josh Blake / Mary Arena ... Caroline Peyton / Tobey ... Joseph Kolinski
Commentaires : Like Hair and A Chorus Line before it, The Human Comedy garnered reviews favorable enough to prompt Papp to transfer it a larger, uptown Broadway house. After twenty previews, with its downtown director and cast intact, it opened on April 5, 1984 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for only 13 performances. The general reaction being this was more an oratorio for the concert platform rather than a conventional theatre.

Frank Rich's critique of the original production had been positive, but New York Times policy prohibited re-reviewing shows unless they were changed substantially, so his earlier comments were overshadowed by those damaging ones made more recently by Clive Barnes, among others. The general consensus was that The Human Comedy, with its intimate story staged in a semi-oratorio style with no scenery save for rear projections used to define each scene's locale, was not suited for a large venue with a conventional proscenium stage. Following Dude and Via Galactica, it was MacDermot's third critical and commercial failure, and proved to be his last attempt at a Broadway musical.
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Version 3

Young Vic Theatre - Main Stage à Londres (Original London)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : lun 13 septembre 2010
Première : lun 13 septembre 2010
Dernière : sam 18 septembre 2010
Mise en scène : John Fulljames
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Joe Slovick (Homer), Helen Hobson (Kate), Tom Robertson (Marcus), Kate Marlais (Bess), Jordi Fray/Theo Stevenson (Ulysses), Jo Servi (Spangler), Tony Stansfield (Grogan), Brenda Edwards (Diana), Terel Nugent (Toby), Sarah Harlington (Mary), Tomm Coles, Chris Storr
Commentaires : This London premiere used a cast of 20 professionals and an amateur chorus of around 80 people drawn from the local community. It received a great deal of praise.
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