Backstage story about a white producer's misguided effort to create a musical based on a play written by a black author.
1 A Broadway Musical peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical
Génèse du musical
The creators hoped that the backstage story about the making of a musical would cash in on the success of A Chorus Line as well as the popularity of the black-themed musical, including Brown's own The Wiz, which was still running at the time. But Brown's much-criticized book is a clichéd spoof of show business lawyers, idealistic young playwrights, glitzy Las Vegas performers, blue-haired matinée ladies, and the black-themed musical itself. The Wiz proved to be Brown's only success.
Following a dismal October–November tryout with Helen Gallagher and Julius LaRosa at the theatre in the Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, the producers fired most of the cast and creative personnel, including director/choreographer George Faison. Gower Champion was called in to rescue the Broadway-bound production with only a month to go, but he feared that the show's defects were too serious to remedy and insisted on receiving a "Production supervised by" credit only.
After 14 previews, the Broadway production opened and closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on December 21, 1978. It lost $1 million. The cast included Patti Karr (replacing Gallagher), Alan Weeks, Larry Marshall, Warren Berlinger (replacing LaRosa), Loretta Devine, Jackée Harry, and Tiger Haynes.
Julius Novick of The Village Voice called it "the best Broadway musical since Platinum," a disaster that had opened the month before. Critic and theatre historian Ken Mandelbaum has described the show as "a genuine turkey... hopeless... [a] well-meaning but fatally underpowered evening. The Charles Strouse-Lee Adams score had its moments...."
A cast album was recorded before an audience during a live performance in December 1978.
Liste des chansons
"Broadway, Broadway" - New Kids in Town, Policeman and James Lincoln
"A Broadway Musical" – Eddie Bell, James Lincoln, Lonnie Paul, Melinda Bernard, Stan Howard, Maggie Simpson and Ensemble
"Smoke and Fire" – Stan Howard, James Lincoln, Kumi-Kumi and Ensemble
"Lawyers" – Eddie Bell, Stephanie Bell and Richie's Lawyers
"Yenta Power" – Shirley Wolfe and Associates
"Let Me Sing My Song" – Richie Taylor
"A Broadway Musical (Reprise)" – Eddie Bell, Stephanie Bell, James Lincoln, Shirley Wolfe, Maggie Simpson, Lonnie Paul, Stan Howard and Ensemble
"The 1934 Hot Chocolate Jazz Babies Revue" – Sylvester Lee, James Lincoln and Ensemble
"Let Me Sing My Song (Reprise)" – Richie Taylor and Friends
"It's Time for a Cheer-Up Song" – Stan Howard, Maggie Simpson, Lonnie Paul and James Lincoln
"You Gotta Have Dancing" – Maggie Simpson, James Lincoln and Ensemble
"What You Go Through" – Stephanie Bell and Eddie Bell
"Don't Tell Me" – Eddie Bell
"Together" – James Lincoln, Eddie Bell and Staff
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