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Peter Pan Original Broadway

Peter Pan

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Peter Pan is one of many musical adaptations of the famous story by JM Barrie. Despite a version by Leonard Bernstein, it is the Julie Styne and Carolyn Leigh version that has stood the test of time, thanks in part to the original production by Jerome Robbins and the TV film made of the show. Originally the role of Peter Pan was synonymous with Mary Martin, but in recent years Cathy Rigby has toured endlessly with the show. The musical is frequently presented all around America and is a favourite during the holiday season. is one of many musical adaptations of the famous story by JM Barrie. More >

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The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the world's most successful musicals and the highest grossing entertainment event of all time. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the original London and Broadway productions continue to run at their respective original theatres, where the Broadway production is the longest running show in New York. The London production is second only to Les Miserables, who is a year ahead, opening in 1985. Based on the famous French novel, a mysterious ghost falls in love with a young ballet dancer and trains her up to be an opera star. The haunting story along with More >

Pal Joey 3rd Broadway Revival

Pal Joey

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Pal Joey  features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, along with a book by John O’Hara. The plot is based on a number of short stories that were initially published in The New Yorker magazine. The show features a number of show standards such as ‘I Could Write a Book’ and ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ which has been covered by a number of artists around the world. Frank Sinatra starred in the film version and covered a number of the songs on his albums. Gene Kelly starred in the original production which ran for almost a year in 1940. Recent revivals have included the More >

The Producers Original Broadway

The Producers

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Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers was one of the biggest shows of the past decade. Based on his original film, the musical version won an impressive 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical and was the hottest ticket on Broadway for over 6 years. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick led the original cast and returned to their roles throughout the run which boosted ticket sales. The show is distinctly low comedy and follows two Broadway producers who plan to make money by deliberately overselling investments in a Broadway flop musical. The show enjoyed a successful West End transfer, as well as More >

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

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Music:

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Lyrics:

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Book / libretto:

George Abbott and Richard Bissell

Based on:

the novel 7 1/2 cents by Richard Bissell

Producer:

Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith & Harold Prince

Director:

George Abbott & Jerome Robbins

Choreography:

Bob Fosse

Productions Original Broadway Production

St James Theatre - Opened 13 May 1954, closed 24 Nov 1956, 1063 performances

Cast: John Raitt, Janis Paige,Eddie Foy, Jr., Carol Haney, and Stanley Prager.

First Broadway Revival

Lunt Fontanne - Opened 9 Dec 1973, closed 3 Feb More >

Promises Promises Original Broadway

Promises, Promises

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Neil Simon’s book to Promises, Promises alongside a well covered score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David helped this show become one of the most popular Broadway musicals of the 1960s. Based on the Billy Wilder film ‘The Apartment’, the show is a fast paced farce focusing on sexual politics in the work place in 1960s New York. Michael Bennett’s original production featured iconic choreography to numbers such as ‘Turkey Lurkey’, and many of the show’s songs have since become standards after being covered by popular music artists, such as ‘Knowing When To Leave’ and ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love More >

Porgy and Bess London Trevor Nunn

Porgy and Bess

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Often called the ‘first American folk-opera’, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opened in its original form in 1935. The piece was not recognised as a success in the author’s lifetime, and it is only in recent years with the development of larger opera companies that the show has been successfully and commercially performed. Two ‘musical’ versions of the show have been produced in London and in New York, with the 2012 production being the longest running production of the show. The piece has not been without its controversy and troubles, with claims of racism in its portrayal of the characters of More >

Parade

Parade

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Parade is written by Alfred Uhry, featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. The musical was first produced on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on December 17, 1998 in a production directed by Hal Prince. The show is a musicalised version of the trial of Jewish Factory manager Leo Frank which occurred in 1913 America, where the defendant was accused of raping and murdering a 13 year old girl. The music draws on a rich tapestry of musical influences, and Brown’s score is one of the finest in the modern musical theatre repertoire. The show has since been seen at the Donmar More >

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