On Your Toes marked the first time a Broadway musical made dramatic use of classical dance and incorporated jazz into its score.
Junior Donal, an ex-vaudevillian now teaching music at Knickerbocker University, a WPA exention in New York, enlists to help of patroness Peggy Portefield to persuade Sergei Alexandrovich, the director of the Russian Ballet, to stage a friend's jazzy "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet. While he may dream of sharing the pleasure of a small hotel with girlfriend Frankie Frayne, Junior becomes involved with the company's prima ballerina, Vera Barnova, and even takes over the male lead in "Slaughter". This so enrages Vera'a lover and regular dancing partner that he hires two thugs to kill Junior while he is performing on stage. To avoid being a target Junior keeps dancing even after the ballet is over, then - once the gunmen have been arrested - falls exhausted to the floor.Synopsis complet
C'est la première fois à Broadway que l'on utilisait de la danse classique au sein d'un musical
1 On your toes peut-être considéré comme un Top musical
Génèse du musical
On Your Toes was originally conceived as a film, and as a vehicle for Fred Astaire. His refusal of the part, because he thought that the role clashed with his debonair image developed in his contemporary films, caused it to be produced as a theatrical performance. Richard Rodgers wrote: "Astaire at that point in his career was a pretty chic fellow who usually wore white ties and tails, and the producers felt that there was no chance in our script for him to appear that way." Astaire thought that the ballet background in the plot was too "highbrow" for his audiences. Ray Bolger was given the role, which allowed him to rise to stardom.
The first Broadway production, directed by C. Worthington Miner and choreographed by George Balanchine, opened on April 11, 1936 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for seven months before transferring to the Majestic, for a total run of 315 performances. The cast included Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva, and Monty Woolley.
The London West End production opened on 5 February 1937 at the Palace Theatre, with Jack Whiting and Vera Zorina as the dancers.
The first Broadway revival, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Balanchine, opened on October 11, 1954 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 64 performances. The cast included Vera Zorina, Bobby Van, and Elaine Stritch. The original score was embellished with "You Took Advantage of Me."
The second revival, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Donald Saddler, started in 1982 with national previews. One of the original cast members, Natalia Makarova, was injured during the preview at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Valentina Kozlova filled in the role and her former husband, Leonid Kozlov, replaced George de la Peña to complete the previews. After seven previews, the revival opened on March 6, 1983 at the Virginia Theatre with the original cast, where it ran for 505 performances. The cast included Natalia Makarova, Christine Andreas, George de la Peña, George S. Irving, Dina Merrill, Philip Arthur Ross, Betty Ann Grove and Lara Teeter.
Liste des chansons
Two a Day for Keith
Questions and Answers (The Three Bs)
It's Got to Be Love
Too Good for the Average Man
There's a Small Hotel
Princesse Zenobia Ballet
The Heart is Quicker than the Eye
Glad to Be Unhappy
On Your Toes
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
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Matthew Malthouse.Commentaires : With three former Royal Ballet stars - Adam Cooper, Sarah Wildor and Irek Mukhamedov - this was a special treat, even allowing for restrictions imposed by staging it in a concert hall. In spite of the brilliant dancing display on offer, many critics felt Kathryn Evans stole the show.En savoir plus sur cette version
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