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Aur Revoir 'Marguerite' Mon Cherie

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Posted: 9/13/08 at 2:53am
Aur Revoir 'Marguerite' Mon Cherie

The last performances are today of the Boublil And Schoenburg /Michel LeGrand musical, 'Marguerite' at the Theatre Royal Haymaket. She had her fans and believers but not enough of them and the show closes 7 weeks earlier than planned even on a limited season.
Boublil And Shoenberg have of course had far greater hits (and a big miss with 'The Pirate Queen') but Mr Legrand hasn't been so lucky, its almost 4 years to the day that his last musical opened on Broadway.
'Amour' opened in Oct 2002 and closed after just 17 perfs. Before opening it played 31 previews!!!

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: Aur Revoir 'Marguerite'#2
Posted: 9/13/08 at 3:06am
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'AMOUR'
Music Box Theatre, NY.
Previewed 20th Sept 2002
Opened 20th Oct
Closed 3rd Nov 2002
Previews 31
Performances 17

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: Aur Revoir 'Marguerite'#2
Posted: 9/13/08 at 5:06am
I haven't heard of Amour but the CD cover looks quite interesting. Was it a deserved failure or one of those worthy-but-failed-to-be-appreciated type of shows?
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re: Aur Revoir 'Marguerite'#3
Posted: 9/13/08 at 5:38am
Deservedly dissapeared.
Incredible bland, just like most of his work.

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: Aur Revoir 'Marguerite'#4
Posted: 9/13/08 at 6:40am
Dear Marguerite,

Next time, be better.
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re: Aur Revoir 'Marguerite'#5
Posted: 9/13/08 at 7:11am
Don't be such a tramp, leave that to 'Evita'!
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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Posted: 9/13/08 at 12:04pm
Alas, apart from Mme. Henshall's wayward sense of pitch (something which even her critics used to concede was good), I really loved Marguerite. Beautiful score, well acted, lovely design and direction. Some of the lyrics had their dodgy moments, but overall a really enjoyable show.

I could have done without seeing Ruthie's endowments in the finale, but still...
The rain we knew is a thing of the past -
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like racehorses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no one.


Derek Mahon

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#7
Posted: 9/14/08 at 6:52am
I do hope someone manages to clean up the more dodgy - or, really, dreadful - lyrics ("where no one wears a star" springs to mind...). I also loved the show, incredible cast and beautiful music, almost lush. Here's hoping some tinkering leads to a successful revival.
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#8
Posted: 9/14/08 at 11:04am
So uspet i didn't get to catch this.. any chance of a tour?
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#9
Posted: 9/14/08 at 11:38am
No tour is planned, but a Japanese production is. A show is good a reason as any to take a holiday IMHO.
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#10
Posted: 9/14/08 at 1:20pm
Why do they always take the flops to japan lol

Desperately Seeking Susan is opening there to
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Posted: 9/14/08 at 9:07pm
May I disagree with the previous poster who disliked Amour? The cast album is charming; compared to Marguerite, Amour has better lyrics, less bombastic orchestrations, and a light comic touch. Not to mention gorgeous Legrand melodies that rank with his best!
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Posted: 9/14/08 at 9:07pm
May I disagree with the previous poster who disliked Amour? The cast album is charming; compared to Marguerite, Amour has better lyrics, less bombastic orchestrations, and a light comic touch. Not to mention gorgeous Legrand melodies that rank with his best!
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#13
Posted: 9/15/08 at 4:48am
The two are totally different i grant you but both set no flames alight.
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#14
Posted: 9/15/08 at 6:36am
DESPERATELYSEEKINGSUSANISGOINGTOJAPAN??!!

Note to self: Hand in notice. Emigrate to Japan.
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#15
Posted: 9/15/08 at 7:42am
As I have mentioned by before, I love this show, but anything the authors i am not impartial!
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#16
Posted: 9/15/08 at 10:54am
I think the problem with Amour is that it is very French. It was a great success here in France for two of three years under the name "le Passe-Muraille". Everybody knows the story here and loves it. It is a bit like if they were doing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Paris where no one has ever heard of it.

Marguerite was IMHO a great show, very different from what I had seen in London before. My only problem was with Ruthie on the night we saw it. She had no voice and could barely sing on pitch. I felt like she had to be there as her two male co-leads where understudies.
It needs work for sure but it was not that bad of a show. The music was great, the acting really superb and the sets gorgeous.
In my heart, I found the answered dream, and in my soul I found the song, and in my friends I found the magic, the love, the moon up above- they were mine, all mine, all along..!
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re: Au Revoir 'Marguerite'#17
Posted: 9/16/08 at 8:19am
cannot believe I missed this. So much for planning to watch it after summer.
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