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Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966)

 -  Musical  -  25 April 1966 (UK)
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The lead in a British semi-improvisational musical theater troupe introduces the troupe's featured players - his wife, two adult daughters and adolescent son - as they rehearse for their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Tanner ...
Little Chap
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Evie / Anya / Ara / Ginnie
Leila Croft ...
Susan
Valerie Croft ...
Jane
Neil Hawley ...
Little Little Chap
Graham Lyons ...
Father-in-Law
Georgina Allen ...
Dancer / Singer
Natasha Ashton ...
Dancer / Singer
Sandra Burville ...
Dancer / Singer
Carlotta Barrow ...
Dancer / Singer
Vivyen Dunbar ...
Dancer / Singer
Katherina Holden ...
Dancer / Singer (as Katerina Holden)
Margaret Frost ...
Dancer / Singer
Ann Holloway ...
Dancer / Singer
Liz Gold ...
Dancer / Singer
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The lead in a British semi-improvisational musical theater troupe introduces the troupe's featured players - his wife, two adult daughters and adolescent son - as they rehearse for their next performance. That performance tells the story of Little Chap, a working class stiff, who marries the boss' daughter Evie because she is pregnant. He wouldn't have married her otherwise. As Evie is the boss' daughter, Little Chap, over the course of thirty-five years, is given opportunity after opportunity to enhance his professional life by his new father-in-law. In turn, Little Chap, being opportunistic, builds upon those experiences to try and be fulfilled both professionally and personally, rarely taking Evie and his burgeoning family into consideration despite the fact that they love him. At the end of those thirty-five years, he comes to an understanding of who he is and why he made the decisions in his life that he did. Written by Huggo

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The original Broadway production of "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off" opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York City on October 3, 1962, and ran for 555 performances; and it was nominated for 1963 Tony Awards for Outstanding Musical, Distinguished Musical Actor, Best Composer and Lyricist, and Best Author (Musical). See more »

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I Believed It All
Music by Al Ham
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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not as good as it could have been ... but a valuable record of a unique musical
20 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without its co-creator and original leading man, Anthony Newley, this film is at a disadvantage right from the start. It's a record of a stage musical, largely filmed in the theatre, with black and white inserts taped at a studio. It only really works because it is fresh and unique, and because of three wonderful songs in particular: 'Gonna Build a Mountain', 'Once in a Lifetime', and 'What Kind of Fool Am I'.

The problem really is that Tony Tanner, although good, is no Newley, and mimicking vocal mannerisms isn't really enough to hide the fact he's a poor substitute. Having said that, the film doesn't lack charm and anything with Millicent Martin has to get the thumbs-up. Perhaps a product of its time, and now rather dated, but watched in the right frame in mind it still stands up, perhaps better than a stage revival would these days.


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