Lyrics by Jack Murphy
Book by Norman Allen
Carmen began its world premiere run at the Karlín Musical Theater in Prague, Czech Republic on 2 and 3 October 2008, with previews beginning 24 September. The show is presented by Hudební Divadlo Karlín (which presented the Czech premiere of Jekyll & Hyde for four seasons) and Ta Fantastika, with direction by Gabriel Barre, music direction by Ota Balage, choreography by Pavel Strouhal, sets and costumes by Andrea Bartha, light design by Pavel Dautovský and sound design by Petr Ackerman. BroadwayWorld.com has reported that Carmen has become the most successful production in Czech theater history, with unprecedented ticket sales.
Lucie Bílá stars in the title role. Bílá is one of the most popular singers and musical theater stars in the Czech Republic. She has performed in Les Misérables, Karel Svoboda's Dracula, Joan of Arc and more. She has recorded seven albums, starred in 9 feature films, and has won Grammy Awards, Music Academy Awards, Tý Tý Awards and Czech Nightingale Awards as a top Czech performer.
Joining Bílá on stage are: Dasha (Katarina, understudy Carmen), Markéta Poulícková (Katarina), Robert Jícha and Peter Strenácik (José), Václav Noid Bárta and Martin Posta (Garcia), Pavla Brínková and Barbora Rajnisová (Aunt Inéz), Lukás Kumpricht and Tomás Trapl (Zuniga), Jirí Korn and Josef Stágr (Mayor Mendoza), Athina Langoská and Hanka Krízková (Wisewoman), Zuza Durdinová and Veronika Veselá (Preeti), Katerina Nováková (Sakura), Katerina Sildová (Tigest), Jana Zenáhlíková (Isabela), Linda Stránská and Barbora Popelková (Dolores), Lucie Zd'árská (Rosa), Ivo Hrbác (Inmar), Václav Vostarek (Kelvin) and Jakub Slégr (Carlos), among others. Photos of some of these cast members have been added to the Carmen Photo Gallery.
The show resumed performances on 15 September 2010, playing through 23 October. Further dates are possible. Performances take place on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7 PM, with Saturday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets are available by calling +420 221 868 777 or online.
A cast recording of Carmen was released on 7 November 2008, by EMI Czech Republic. Additional information is available on Lucie Bila's website (both sites in Czech). It is available for purchase from Bontonland (site in English and Czech) and Sound of Music (site in German and English).
The track list for the CD is as follows: Intro - Sevillana (a Spanish folk song), Cesty osudu (Winds Of Fate), Já vernost ti prísahám; (My Only Prayer), Symbol zen (Every Woman In The World), Kazdý jsme sám (We All Dance Alone), Taková zenská (A Woman Like That), Tak krácí zesnká (Walk Like A Woman), Patrís mne (You Belong To Me), Cizinec - muj stín (The Man I Have Become), Kéz sílu mám (If I Could), Svatá Terezo (Saint Theresa), Jde vo kejhák (Be Afraid), Viva.
A full song list from the show has been posted on the website.
Frank developed this adaptation of Carmen with Jack Murphy (lyrics) and Norman Allen (book). It is a contemporary tale inspired by the Prosper Mérimée novel which contains the essence of the famous characters but explores the story in a brand new way. Carmen is part of a circus, which give the show great visuals and daring stunts. According to Norman Allen, "the eternal truth of the character - a courageous and daring woman full of the zest for living - is the driving force behind this new musical." The show is not musically related to the opera of the same name.
A website has been established for this production at www.carmen-musical.com. The site, in Czech and English, includes more information about the show, a photo gallery and an update mailing list. Additional photos from the first press event, animal auditions, and opening night have been posted in the Project Photo Gallery. A Photo Flash at BroadwayWorld.com features some of the costume sketches for the show.
Here is the song list from the Czech world-premiere production of Carmen:
|Cesty osudu / Winds of Fate||Fortune Teller|
|Svet patrí Vám / The World is Yours||Company|
|Já vernost ti prísahám / My Only Prayer||José, Katarina|
|Symbol zen / Every Woman in the World||Carmen, Company|
|Zenská jako já / A Woman Like Me||Carmen, José|
|Zenská jako Ty / A Woman Like You||Zuniga, Carmen|
|Cekání / While He's Waiting||Aunt Inéz|
|Chci Te / I Want You Tonight||José, Katarina, Carmen|
|Tak krácí zenská / Walk Like a Woman||Carmen, Company|
|Kazdý jsme sám / We All Dance Alone||Carmen|
|Taková zenská / A Woman Like That||José, Inmar, Mayor Mendoza, Zuniga|
|Viva Amor!||Carmen, Company|
|Nic nejde vzít zpet / No Turning Back||Company|
|Prijel cirkus / Ballyhoo||Company|
|Patrís mne / You Belong to Me||Garcia, Carmen|
|Klíc / The Key||Aunt Inéz, Mayor Mendoza|
|Cizinec - muj stín / The Man I Have Become||José|
|Kéz sílu mám / If I Could||Carmen|
|Svatá Terezo / Saint Theresa||Katarina|
|Blázen jak já / A Fool in Love||Katarina, Carmen|
|Cekání / While He's Waiting (reprise)||Aunt Inéz|
|Prehlídka síly / Circus Tour de Force||Company|
|Jde vo kejhák / Be Afraid||Garcia|
|Kéz sílu mám / If I Could (reprise)||Carmen|
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