Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Broadway (1968-1972)
After a tryout in Washington, D.C., the show premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on December 1, 1968, and closed on January 1, 1972 after 1,281 performances. Directed by Robert Moore, choreographed by Michael Bennett with Bob Avian as assistant choreographer, the cast featured Jerry Orbach as Chuck Baxter, Jill O'Hara as Fran and Edward Winter as J. D. Sheldrake. Featured in small or ensemble roles were Kelly Bishop, Graciela Daniele, Ken Howard, Baayork Lee, Donna McKechnie, Frank Pietri, Margo Sappington, and Marian Mercer. A national tour starring Melissa Hart as Fran performed throughout the United States during the early 1970s.

West End (1969)
The show was first produced in London's West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1969, featuring Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley. It ran for 560 performances.

Broadway revival (2010-2011)
A reading for a revival of the musical was held in October 2008 with Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
The revival opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 25, 2010, after previews starting on March 27. Directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, the revival starred Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Brooks Ashmanskas, Katie Finneran and Tony Goldwyn. The Bacharach-David songs "I Say a Little Prayer", a 1967 million-selling hit written for Dionne Warwick, and "A House Is Not a Home" were added to the score.
Due to pregnancy, Katie Finneran departed the role of Marge on October 10, 2010, and was replaced by Saturday Night Live veteran Molly Shannon. Hayes, Chenoweth and Shannon remained with the production until its closing on January 2, 2011. The show had 291 performances and 30 previews.



Liste des chansons

Act One
• "Overture" - Orchestra
• "Half as Big as Life" - Chuck
• "Grapes of Roth" - Orchestra
• "Upstairs" - Chuck
• "You'll Think of Someone" - Chuck & Fran
• "Our Little Secret" - Chuck & Sheldrake
• "I Say A Little Prayer" + - Fran
• "She Likes Basketball" - Chuck
• "Knowing When to Leave" - Fran
• "Where Can You Take a Girl?" - Dobitch, Kirkeby, Eichelberger, & Vanderhof
• "Wanting Things" - Sheldrake
• "Turkey Lurkey Time" - Miss Della Hoya, Miss Polansky, Miss Wong, & Ensemble
• "A House Is Not a Home" + - Fran

Act Two
• "A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing" - Marge & Chuck
• "Whoever You Are (I Love You)" - Fran
• "Christmas Day" - Orchestra
• "A House Is Not A Home (reprise)" + - Chuck
• "A Young Pretty Girl Like You" - Dr. Dreyfuss & Chuck
• "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - Chuck & Fran
• "Promises, Promises" - Chuck
• "I'll Never Fall In Love Again (reprise)" + - Chuck & Fran

+ Added for the 2010 revival

Liste des rôles

Chuck Baxter - An office worker (a warm, friendly comic actor with strong singing voice). Baritone
Fran Kubelik - a restaurant waitress (winning smile, cute rather than glamorous, powerful broad range singing voice, good diction.)Soprano/ Belter
J.D. Sheldrake - a personnel manager (the heavy, good actor who sings.) Baritone
Dr. Dreyfuss - a neighbour (exceptional character comic, sings 1 number with Chuck.)Tenor
Marge MacDougall - A bar acquaintance (good character woman, minor singing.)Mezzo Soprano
Dobitch, Kirkeby, Eichelberger, and Vanderhof, light character men who sing in quartet.
Vivien, Miss Polansky, and Miss Wong,
Karl - Fran's brother
Mrs. Sheldrake
Miss Olsen

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