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André Previn

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1976)
Text Writer
Tom Stoppard
Edition Wilhelm Hansen / Chester Music NY Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Operetta / Musical
Year Composed
58 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
6 actors
Programme Note
André Previn Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1976)

Acting and music are inseparably combined in this work, which concerns two inmates of a Soviet mental hospital: one a sane political dissident, the other a man whose fantasy is that he possesses a symphony orchestra. They both report regularly to a doctor, who is himself a member of an orchestra and who steps down from time to time to join the imaginary orchestra – clearly visible to the audience – which surrounds the inmates’ cell. The play blends fantasy and reality throughout.

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It is a haunting and bleakly funny piece of work.
Alan Franks, The Times,22/12/2008
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