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"Y" MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK

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Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:24pm
Could somebody please give me any information about a London musical production of one or two decades ago called "Y"? I`m
doing a book on french musical theatre out of France and could not find anything about this show.Thank you in advance.Any material will be very helpful.
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#2
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:25pm
It was also know as 'I' for some time.
it wasn't exactly a musical but more of a cabaret.
It struggled thru many a drama for nearly a year from summer 1984 at the Piccadilly Theatre. The theatre ground floor area was converted into a restaurant/ cabaret style seating area in which people dinned, then watched the show. After the show the floor was cleared and the area beacme a dance floor.
You dinned at 8pm with the show at 9.30 and the second act at 11pm and then danced till 3am.
I saw it probably about once every 2 weeks during its run and it changed continuously, mostly for the worse - the audiences rarely stayed past the end of the last show. West End show company's were offered a special admission price to arrive in time foe a drink and see the second show at 11pm. By the time it closed i think 90% of the audience were from West End theatres.

I have some more info I'll dig out for you.

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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#2
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:35pm
So in other words...it was like a night at Shunt except with dinner onsite vs. scrummaging through London Bridge station?
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#3
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:37pm
But with a much more 'up its arse' attitude!
lol

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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#4
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:37pm
I didn't know it was possible to be up one's own arse more than most of the acts at Shunt!
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#5
Posted: 1/14/09 at 12:59pm
From the original 'I' press release and flier.

'The Piccadilly Theatre offers a completely new ambience for the presentation of a major West End musical. The production 'I', created by and starring Arturo Brachetti is set in an elegantly restyled auditorium. You may eat supper either before or after the show, with last orders at midnight. There is also an extensive choice of wines and imaginative cocktails.
Drawing on such diverse elements as musical comedy, cabaret and opera, 'I' is an unique and original fantasy musical. It is sumptuously stage with twenty amazing and magical sets and over 200 costumes.
After the show your evening continues with a discotheque, band, dancing and full drinks licence until 3am.
All these elements combine to provide a style of entertainment on a scale unique in the West End of London'
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Cocktails from 7pm
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Supper from 7.30pm until 9pm
or from 10.45pm until last orders at midnight.
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The New Musical 'I' at 9.05pm
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Music, dance and dancing
11pm until 3am
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Midnight Sounds
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Licensed until 2am.
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Orchestra Stalls Restaurant
Minimum charge for supper from a la carte menu.
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Royal Circle -Theatre Seating.
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Private Restaurant Boxes For 6 Persons
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Grand Circle -Theatre Seating For Performance Only
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After Show Admission From 11pm.
Last orders for supper at midnight.



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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#6
Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:03pm
THANK YOU SO MUCH MAMADOIN`FINE FOR SUCH VALUABLE INFORMATION.
ALL THE BEST
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#7
Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:07pm
Ive also PM'd you.
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#8
Posted: 1/14/09 at 1:19pm
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In the months after it opened it all got rather messy when they split the show into two to try and get people to stay longer and drink more etc.
After about 4 months they closed it down and did a major rework, reopening with a new name -'Y'. many people asked 'why'????- it wasn't any different
I thought maybe by the time the show had gone thru the whole alphabet they may get it right! 'I', 'Y', 'A', 'B', 'C' etc etc.
There were major funding problems too as the show was huge to stage with great effects and the catering became expensive as no one was eating what loads of waiters were paid to dish out! The producers fell out with the theatre management and the guy who created, he was famous for hissy fits and was actually barred from the theatre at one time- bit awkward as he was the shows lead performer!!!
You know -looking back I'm surprised it stayed at the Piccadilly for nearly a year, be it in many different guises.

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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#10
Posted: 1/14/09 at 5:38pm
It was also an orgy most nights... so I hear....

There was a fantastic array of cabaret on show, but it was an absolute money pit for the lovely lady who produced- her name escapes me at the moment.

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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#11
Posted: 1/15/09 at 12:28pm
...I'm not going to tell them thats were we met now am I!
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#12
Posted: 1/15/09 at 12:47pm
When it returned, revamped etc, as 'Y' it was no longer called a musical (it had no story what so ever!) but was then re-branded 'A Musical Cabaret 'Y'-The Ultimate Party'.
The restaurant dining experience in the stalls would knock you back 25- remember this was 25 years ago!!!
For your 25 you got-

*** Ange Bleu ***
Consomme Piccadilly
Salade de tomates et mozzarella
Cocktail de crevettes
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Supreme de volaille a le creme
Escolope de veau au citron
The above serve with vegetables.

Roti de boeuf avec sa salade
Salade vegetarienne
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Salad de frutis
Gateau de jour
Glaces du jour
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Cafe

Theatre seating in the Royal Circle was 12.50 and 10.
For that you got the show and all the cabaret,disco extras etc until 2am.

Theatre seating in the Grand Circle was 8 and 3.50.
For this you got to see the show only.

When the show finished and the dance floor was set up, the catering cleared away the audience in the Grand Circle were asked to leave and then the false ceiling of the Piccadilly (its still there today) would be lowered to the level of the Royal Circle to create a more intimate atmosphere for the following few hours.
The false ceiling is very, very rarely used today and during the run of 'I' and "Y' it was the only time an audience would see it 'in action'.
Of all the shows I've seen at the Piccadilly, be it a play or musical, I've only ever seen the ceiling down once and that was towards the end of the run of the RSCs 'Educating Rita' in 1982


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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#13
Posted: 1/15/09 at 12:53pm
Some reviews taken from the flier.

'Theatrical daring and exhilaration...
a remarkable night out!' -The Guardian.
'Tremendous spectacle...
tremendous fun' -BBC Today
'We've not seen a show like this in London, ever' -Sheridan Morley.

They must have looked hard to find these as the reviews were tremendously scathing of every element of the production.
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK#14
Posted: 3/4/09 at 4:53am
Thank you so much Mamadoinfine for reminding me of this show. I too saw it quite a few times. My usual "gems" are always disasters (the Palladium 'La Cage', 'Drood' and 'Y') but I still loved them. The 'Y' show was legendary. I still remember being amazed at the flying sketch and the quick change performances. Mr. Brachetti is currently doing his new show on tour in Italy (after a season in Milan). 'Y' was magical for me. Unfortenately I seem tto have missed the orgy bit. Thank you Mama for bringing back the memories; I bet they could fill a book and you should write it!
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re: 'Y' MUSICAL INFORMATION FOR A BOOK #15
Posted: 12/30/11 at 3:22pm
I know its a bit late to join in this discussion but I worked
on the crew for both I and Y, in fact one of my jobs was to
"fly" Arturo during the flight about which was spoken. If information is still required then ask away

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