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2001-05-Original London Cast

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1 pour un total de 17 tracks
Frances Barber (Billie Trix), Paul Broughton (Bob Saunders), David Burt (Vic Christian), Jo Cavanagh, Akiya Henry, Paul Keating (Straight Dave), David Langham (Flynn), C. Jay Ranger, Mark John Richardson, Stacey Roca (Shell Christian), Richard Roe, Louie Spence, Mark Stanway, Amanda Valentine, Tom Walker (Mile End Lee), Marcos White
01. My Night
02. Something Special
03. Closer to Heaven
04. In Denial
05. Call Me Old-Fashioned
06. Nine Out of Ten
07. It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling!
08. Hedorism [Instrumental]
09. Friendly Fire
10. Shameless
11. Vampires
12. Closer to Heaven
13. Out of My System
14. K-Hole [Instrumental]
15. For All of Us
16. Closer to Heaven
17. Positive Role Model
The Pet Shop Boys' collaboration with playwright Jonathan Harvey for Closer to Heaven was a smashing success among the West End in 2001 and a delight for fans around the world. The original cast recording matched the musical's campy appeal and made the Pet Shop Boys accessible again, but on a theatrical scope that's chased their sound for decades. Closer to Heaven is vibrant and brash with lush pop decadence, but also a brazen tale of sex and drugs. What's more inviting is how the overall soundscape is uninhibited. Billie Trix, who's played by Frances Barber, is a vocal vixen. "My Night" is an infectious disco romp, but she sets the mood with the angelically sassy "Friendly Fire." The Pet Shop Boys' own "Vampires" and "Closer to Heaven" from 1999's Nightlife are recast; however, the sheer duet between characters Vic and Shell on "In Denial" shimmies with Hi-NRG breakbeats for something cheeky, yet sensitive. Closer to Heaven complements what's happened before and what's yet to come from the Pet Shop Boys. Fans should be pleased with the music, for it's all made for a stage. Whether it's dancing or theatrics, the Pet Shop Boys are taken by the excitement as well. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi All Music Guide


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Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


The Night of your life… London's club-land. Suddenly what was wrong seems right…

Dave, young, sexy and fresh from Ireland, falls for beautiful, ambitious Shell and streetwise drug dealer Mile End Lee. Billie Tricks, seventies rock icon and now hostess of a glitzy London nightclub, is there when they need to turn to "mother". Meanwhile the outrageous Bob Saunders, pop manager extraordinaire, has his own plans for Dave. As fame and fortune beckon, Dave quickly learns that things aren't always as straightforward as then seem

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1 Closer to heaven est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.


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Génèse du musical

Towards the end of 1999 The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyds Webber's company, agreed to finance a workshop. A full cast, director, choreographer and designer worked on the show and rehearsed it for three weeks, culminating in three private performances in North London at the end of May 2000 which went very well. "Actually it was astonishingly accomplished", says Neil. "The idea of a workshop is to see what worked and what didn't work. It was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm".
The musical which was originally going to be called 'Nightlife', is set against the backdrop of London's clubland. It features 15 new tracks, including 'Friendly Fire' which the Boys played at the London Savoy Theatre in 1997, and few tracks from 'Nightlife'.

Several songs had been written for the musical but were not used. These include 'The Only One' and 'For Your Own Good' from the 'Nightlife' album and also the unreleased songs, 'Tall Thin Men', 'A Little Black Dress', 'Home' and 'You've Got To Start Somewhere'. The three versions of 'Closer To Heaven' in the show each have different lyrics.



Liste des chansons

"My Night" - Billie Trix & Cast
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Vic
"Something Special" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" (instrumental)
"Closer to Heaven" - Shell & Dave
"In Denial" - Vic & Shell
"Call Me Old Fashioned" - Bob Saunders
"Nine Out of Ten" - Shell & Straight Dave
"It's just my little tribute to Caligula, darling!" - Billie Trix (featured in rehearsal scene)
"Hedonism (instrumental)"
"Friendly Fire" - Billie Trix
"In Denial" - Straight Dave & Shell
"Something' Special (reprise) - Straight Dave
"Shameless" - Vile Celebrities
"Vampires" - Vic
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave & Mile End Lee
"Out of my System" - Shell with Billie Trix, Flynn & Trannies
"K-Hole (instrumental - featuring an excerpt of "Run, girl, run!" - Billie Trix)"
"For All of Us" - Straight Dave
"Closer to Heaven" - Straight Dave
"Positive Role Model" - Straight Dave
"My Night" - The Cast

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Most of the songs that appeared in Closer to Heaven were specifically written for the musical because Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe did not want to produce a "jukebox musical" in the vein of Mamma Mia! or We Will Rock You. Several of the musical's songs were pre-released on the Pet Shop Boys' 1999 album Nightlife, including "Closer to Heaven", "In Denial", and "Vampires". Nightlife was recorded whilst they were writing Closer to Heaven and originally more of the album's tracks appeared in the musical. The oldest song is "Shameless", which originally appeared as the B-side to "Go West" in 1993.


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Principaux CD du musical

1) 2001-05-Original London Cast

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