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In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical - one of the most acclaimed in recent years - tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.

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Génèse du musical

The musical premiered at the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, in 1994.

Floyd Collins opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, on February 9, 1996 and closed on March 24, 1996 after 25 performances. Directed by Landau, the cast included Christopher Innvar as Floyd Collins, Martin Moran as Skeets Miller, Jason Danieley as Homer Collins, and Theresa McCarthy as Nellie Collins, as well as Cass Morgan, Brian d'Arcy James, Matthew (Matt) Bennett and Michael Mulheren. The musical won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 1995-1996 OBIE Award for its score. In 2003, a reunion concert was held at Playwrights Horizons with Romain Frugé as Floyd Collins and most of the original cast.

The show toured the United States and made its London debut at the Bridewell Theatre in July 1999, with Nigel Richards as Floyd, Anna Francolini as Nellie and Craig Parnell as Homer. The production was directed by Clive Paget. A London revival was produced at The Vault, Southwark Playhouse in February and March 2012. The production was directed by Derek Bond, with Glenn Carter as Floyd, Robyn North as Nellie, Gareth Chart as Homer and Ryan Sampson as Skeets. The production was produced by Peter Huntley and was long-listed for the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and won Best Musical Production at the 'Offies'the Off-West-End Awards.[5] A Chicago revival was produced at BoHo Theatre in June and July 2012. The production was directed by Peter Marston Sullivan, with Jim DeSelm as Floyd, Jon Harrison as Homer, and Sarah Bockel as Nellie. Floyd Collins had its North Carolina regional premiere in August 2011 at the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte.



Liste des chansons

Act I
Ballad of Floyd Collins - Company
The Call - Floyd
It Moves - Floyd
Time to Go - Floyd
Lucky – Nellie and Miss Jane
'Tween a Rock An' a Hard Place (replaced by "Where a Man Belongs" in 1999) – Family and locals
Daybreak – Homer and Floyd
Ballad of Floyd Collins (reprise) - Jewell
I Landed on Him – Skeets Miller
And She'd Have Blue Eyes - Floyd
Heart An' Hand - Miss Jane and Lee
Riddle Song – Homer and Floyd

Act II
Is That Remarkable? – reporters and company
Carnival – Floyd and company
Through the Mountain - Nellie
Git Comfortable - Homer
Ballad of Floyd Collins (reprise) - Jewell
The Dream - Floyd, Nellie, Homer and company
How Glory Goes - Floyd

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