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Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical

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Two Gentlemen of Verona – The Musical

In 1973 I was engaged to perform in Two Gentlemen of Verona, a new musical by Galt MacDermot (music, of Hair fame), John Guare and Mel Shapiro (book; Shapiro also directed the show), based on Shakespeare’s play by the same name. The rehearsal period and entire run of the show turned out to be one of the most thrilling periods of my life in the theatre. Straight from Broadway, Eivind Harum (of Norwegian origin) had the choreography – a wonderful guy to work with. Barthold Halle, with whom I had the pleasure of working with in several productions over the years, directed the Norwegian production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

After tryout runs at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (NYC) and some 20 previews, Two Gentlemen of Verona premiered on Broadway at the St James Theatre on December 1st, 1971.  A huge success and in competition with shows such as Grease and Follies, Two Gentlemen of Verona won the Tony Awards for best musical and best book for a musical.

The show ran for nearly two years and has since been revived at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (1996, directed by Robert Duke and starring Philip Hernandez and Dana M. Reeve), at the Public Theater in their Shakespeare in the Park series for a limited run, from August 28, 2005, to September 11, 2005, at the Delacorte Theater  (Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed, and the cast featured Norm Lewis | Valentine; Oscar Isaac | Proteus; Rosario Dawson | Julia; Renée Elise Goldsberry | Silvia; Paolo Montalban | Eglamour; Mel Johnson Jr. | Duke of Milan; and John Cariani | Speed)

On April 26th in 1973, two years after its opening on Broadway, the production was an equally successful hit at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End and the show ran for 237 performances. That same year the production opened on October 26th in Oslo, Norway (see link below) to huge acclaim from critics and public alike.



Show Details

Show
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Music
Galt MacDermot
Lyrics
John Guare
Book
John Guare, Mel Shapiro

Recording Details

Date
1973
Type
Audio / Stage Cast
Method
Studio
Language
English
Location
UK / England / London
Theatre/Venue
Phoenix Theatre
Group/Studio
New York Shakespeare Festival
Recording Studio
CBS Studios
Producer
Eric Holland
Engineer
Mike Ross 
Director
Mel Shapiro 
Music Director
Clive Chaplin 
Performer
Shirley AllanB. J. Arnau | Sylvia; Helen Chappelle, Veronica Clifford | Lucetta; Terence Conoley | Antonio/Tavern Host; Michael CowieRay C. Davis | Proteus; Patricia Ebigwei, Lucy Fenwick, Brett Forrest, Jean Gilbert | Julia; Minoo Golvala | Eglamour; Derek Griffiths | Thurio; Jack Gunn, Dickie HarrisPatricia Hodge, Tony HoughtonTerry HydeDiane Langton, Benny Lee | Launce; Paul MagrathChris Melville, Clive MolloyVicky SilvaMichael Staniforth | Speed; Keefe West | Duke of Milan; Domini WinterJohnny Worthy, Samuel E. Wright | Valentine

Releases

Format
LP
Label
RSO Records 2394110
Released
1973
# Tracks
19
Side A:
1. Summer Summer (00:11)
2. Symphony (02:22)
3. I Am Not Interested in Love (04:46)
4. Love, Is That You? (06:31)
5. What Does a Lover Pack? (08:21)
6. Pearls (09:36)
7. Where’s North (11:19)
8. Bring All the Boys Back Home (14:20)
9. Love’s Revenge (16:39)
10. Night Letter (18:49)
Side B:
1. Calla Lilly Lady (21:31)
2. Land of Betrayal (23:01)
3. Thurio’s Samba (24:56)
4. What a Nice Idea (26:33)
5. Love’s Revenge (reprise) (29:37)
6. Love Me (31:45)
7. Eglamour (34:38)
8. Howl (36:44)
9. Finale (I Love My Father) (39:05)
 

Soundtrack from the original Broadway Cast Recording (1971):


Link to cast and production details of the Norwegian production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (“To muntre herrer fra Verona”) which premiered at Oslo Nye Teater | Hovedscenen | October 26th, 1973 (Oslo):


Oslo Nye Teater (Interior)

Oslo Nye Teater | Hovedscenen | Hovedinngangen (Main Entrance)

 

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