- Can-Can (musical)
"Can-Can" is a musical with music and lyrics by
Cole Porter, and a book by Abe Burrows. The story concerns the showgirls of the Montmartredance halls during the 1890s.
The original Broadway production ran for over two years beginning in 1953, and the 1954 West End production was also a success.
Gwen Verdon, in only her second Broadway role, and choreographer Michael Kiddwon Tony Awards and were praised, but both the score and book received tepid reviews, and revivals generally have not fared well.
It premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on May 7, 1953, and closed on June 25, 1955 after 892 performances. The original production, which Burrows also directed, starred Lilo,
Hans Conried, Peter Cookson, and Gwen Verdon. Michael Kiddwas the choreographer.
Londonpremiere took place at the Coliseum Theatrein October 1954, and ran for 394 performances. The cast included Irene Hilda, Edmund Hockridge, Alfred Marks, Gillian Lynneand Warren Mitchell.
A 1981 Broadway revival opened April 30, 1981 at the
Minskoff Theatreand closed after five performances and sixteen previews. It was directed by Burrows with choreography by Roland Petitand starred Zizi Jeanmaire.
The London revival at the Strand Theatre ran from October 26, 1988 through January 21, 1989 [ [http://www.nodanw.com/london_shows_chronology/1988.htm listing] ] , and featured
Donna McKechnie, Bernard Alane, Norman Warwick, Janie Dee and Milo O'Shea. It had a revised book which incorporated songs from " Fifty Million Frenchmen", "Nymph Errant", " Silk Stockings", "Out of This World" and other Cole Porter musicals.
In 2004, a City Center Encores! staged concert production featured
Patti LuPone, Michael Nouri, Charlotte d'Amboise, Reg Rogers, and Eli Wallach. This production was directed by Lonny Price, with sets by John Lee Beattyand lighting by Kenneth Posner. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07E6D81E3AF937A25751C0A9629C8B63 NYTimes review, 2004 Encores!] ]
A 2007 production at the
Pasadena Playhousein California used a rewritten book by Joel Fields and David Lee, who also directed. Lee and Fields created a back story for the protagonists, tightened the plot, and reintroduced a song that had been cut from the original ("Who Said Gay Paree?"). The cast featured Michelle Duffy and Kevin Earley, and the production received critical praise for Patti Colombo's choreography, Steve Orich's new orchestrations and scenic design by Roy Christopher.
* Maidens Typical of France
* Never Give Anything Away
* Come Along with Me
* Live and Let Live
I Am in Love
* If You Loved Me Truly
* Garden of Eden Ballet
* Who Said Gay Paree?
* Never, Never Be An Artist
It's All Right With Me
* Every Man is a Stupid Man
* The Apaches
I Love Paris
Awards and nominations
;Original 1953 production
*Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gwen Verdon [winner]
*Best Choreography Michael Kidd [winner]
*Gwen Verdon (winner);1981 revival
*Best Scenic Design David Mitchell [nominee]
*Best Costume Design Franca Squarciapino [nominee]
*Best Choreography Roland Petit [nominee]
The New York Times" wrote: "Mr. Porter and Mr. Burrows are fascinated by the wickedness of Montmartrein the Nineties. But it is Mr. Kidd, the choreographer, who makes real theatre out of revelry in the dance halls. He and his dancers are dry and satirical about it, and also enormously expert in their performing." [Atkinson, Brooks. [http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/29/specials/porter-can.html "First Night at the Theatre",] "New York Times", May 8, 1953] In a later article, the "New York Times" commented: "No doubt the ballet has become the major entertainment medium in "Can-Can" by default. For Cole Porter's score is not one of his best works, and Abe Burrows' book is old-fashioned and pedestrian." [Atkinson, Brooks [http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/29/specials/porter-recan.html "Regarding 'Can-Can'",] "New York Times, May 17, 1953]
* [http://www.ibdb.com/show.asp?ID=2374 "Can-Can"] at the
Internet Broadway Database
* [http://www.sondheimguide.com/porter/ "Can-Can" listing on sondheimguide.com]
* [http://www.nodanw.com/shows_c/can_can.htm "Can-Can" information at nodanw.com]
* [http://www.reuters.com/article/stageNews/idUSN0825484120070709 Review of Pasadena Playhouse 'Revisal'] from
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