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Jolson The Musical
Jolson
Jolson
is a musical with a book by Francis Essex and Rob Bettinson and a score composed of tunes by some of the all-time greatest songwriters of Tin Pan Alley. Based on the life of singer Al Jolson, one of America's most popular entertainers, it spans thirty years of his career. Out of the limelight, the plot emphasizes his personal faults as much as it does his professional successes. Other major characters include his wife Ruby Keeler
Ruby Keeler
and his longtime friend and agent Louis Epstein. The West End production, directed by Bettinson, opened on October 26, 1995 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, where it ran for seventeen months.[1] The cast included Brian Conley as Jolson, Sally Ann Triplett as Keeler, and John Bennett as Epstein. Under the auspices of the Laurence Olivier Awards, it won the American Express Award for Best New Musical
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Al Jolson
Al Jolson
Jolson
(born Asa Yoelson; May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian, and stage and film actor. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer." His performing style was brash and extroverted, and he popularized a large number of songs that benefited from his "shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach."[1] Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby,[2] Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, David Bowie [3] and others
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Carmen Jones
Carmen
Carmen
Jones is a 1943 Broadway musical with music by Georges Bizet (orchestrated for Broadway by Robert Russell Bennett) and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
which was performed at The Broadway Theatre. Conceptually, it is Bizet's opera Carmen
Carmen
updated to a World War II-era African-American
African-American
setting. (Bizet's opera was, in turn, based on the 1846 novella by Prosper Mérimée.) The Broadway musical was produced by Billy Rose, using an all-black cast, and directed by Hassard Short. Robert Shaw prepared the choral portions of the show. The original Broadway production starred Muriel Smith (alternating with Muriel Rahn) in the title role
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Cats (musical)
Cats is a sung-through British musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats introduced the song standard "Memory". The first performance of Cats was in 1981. Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982. It won numerous awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards. The London production ran for 21 years and the Broadway production ran for 18 years, both setting new records
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Poppy (1982 Musical)
Poppy is a 1982 musical comedy play set during the First Opium War. The play takes the form of a pantomime, complete with Dick Whittington (played as a principal boy), a pantomime dame, and two pantomime horses. The book and lyrics were written by Peter Nichols; the composer was Monty Norman.Contents1 Plot 2 Musical numbers 3 Production history3.1 Original cast4 External linksPlot[edit] The year is 1840. The Emperor of China
Emperor of China
warns the young Queen Victoria to know her place - "The Emperor's Greeting". The scene is set, panto-style, in a quaint, cardboard English village, "Dunroamin-on-the-Down", ancestral home of Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington and his widowed mother Lady Dodo. Dick sets off with his manservant Jack Idle and the men of the village to seek their fortune in London or in the new towns of the Industrial Revolution. Jack is sad to leave his girlfriend, Sally
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Blood Brothers (musical)
Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers
is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Willy Russell. The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth, one subsequently being raised in a wealthy family, the other in a poor family. The different environments take the twins to opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming a councillor, and the other unemployed and in prison. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a rift in their friendship and leading to the tragic death of both brothers. Russell says that his work was based on a one-act play that he read as a child "about two babies switched at birth ... it became the seed for Blood Brothers."[1] Originally developed as a school play, Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers
debuted in Liverpool
Liverpool
before Russell transferred it to West End for a short run in 1983
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42nd Street (musical)
42nd Street is an American musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, produced by David Merrick, directed by an ailing Gower Champion
Gower Champion
and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit
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Me And My Girl
Me and My Girl
Me and My Girl
is a musical with music by Noel Gay
Noel Gay
and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. The musical is set in the late 1930s and tells the story of an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson, who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. The action is set in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth. The musical had a successful original run in the West End in 1937, and was turned into a film in 1939, titled The Lambeth
Lambeth
Walk, named after one of the show's songs
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The Phantom Of The Opera (1986 Musical)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book together.[1] Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Populaire.[2] The musical opened in London's West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988
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Follies
Follies
Follies
is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies," a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves
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Candide (operetta)
Candide
Candide
is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the 1759 novella of the same name by Voltaire.[1] The operetta was first performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman; but since 1974 it has been generally performed with a book by Hugh Wheeler[2][3] which is more faithful to Voltaire's novel. The primary lyricist was the poet Richard Wilbur. Other contributors to the text were John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, John Mauceri, John Wells, and Bernstein himself. Maurice Peress and Hershy Kay contributed orchestrations. Although unsuccessful at its premiere, Candide
Candide
has now overcome the unenthusiastic reaction of early audiences and critics and achieved enormous popularity
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Return To The Forbidden Planet
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Forbidden Planet
is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare's The Tempest
The Tempest
and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet
Forbidden Planet
(which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). It was billed as "Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece".[citation needed] Return to the Forbidden Planet
Forbidden Planet
started life with the Bubble Theatre Company as a production for open-air performance in a tent. A revised version of the musical opened, indoors, at the Everyman Theatre
Everyman Theatre
in Liverpool in the mid-1980s.[1] It later moved to the Tricycle Theatre in London. After some rework a final version opened the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End in September 1989
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Sunday In The Park With George
Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George
is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
and book by James Lapine. It was inspired by the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The plot revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, who immerses himself deeply in painting his masterpiece, and his great-grandson (also named George), a conflicted and cynical contemporary artist. The Broadway production opened in 1984. The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production
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Crazy For You (musical)
Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Musical Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival Bibi Ferreira Award for Best MusicalCrazy for You is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well
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Songbook (musical)
Songbook (New York title The Moony Shapiro Songbook) is a musical with music by Monty Norman and book by Monty Norman and Julian More. It premiered at the Gielgud Theatre (then called "Globe Theatre"), in London on 25 July 1979 and ran for 208 performances.[1][2]Directed by Jonathan Lynn with musical staging by Gillian Lynne it won the Olivier Award for the Best New Musical in 1979. The musical opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on 3 May 1981 and closed after the 1 performance and 15 previews. Helmed again by Jonathan Lynn with musical staging by George Faison, the musical featured Gary Beach, Jeff Goldblum, Judy Kaye and Timothy Jerome as "Mooney Shapiro". All of the cast members played several characters, one of which was their real-life name
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City Of Angels (musical)
City of Angels is a musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart. The musical weaves together two plots, the "real" world of a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay, and the "reel" world of the fictional film. The musical is an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s.Contents1 Productions 2 Plot2.1 Act I 2.2 Act II3 Musical numbers 4 Broadway cast and characters 5 London 2014/15 cast and characters 6 Characters 7 Recordings 8 Critical response8.1 Awards and nominations8.1.1 Original Broadway production8.2 Original London production 8.3 London revival 8.4 Film adaptation9 Notes 10 References 11 External linksProductions[edit]BroadwayCity of Angels opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre
Virginia Theatre
on December 11, 1989[1] [2] and closed on January 19, 1992 after 879 performances and 24 previews
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