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GENESIS’ - THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY | FESTIVALPHOTO
 

GENESIS’ - THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

Review1282_The_Musical_Box_-_Lamb_press_Martin_Christgau

Mean Fiddler proudly presents two special performances by The Musical Box, who bring their acclaimed reproduction of Genesis’ most loved album, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, to Manchester and London.

The Musical Box are the only band in the world given performing rights by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, plus exclusive access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow for "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", re-staged 25 years later in painstaking detail.

The show has been produced in some of the most prestigious venue in the world, including London's Royal Albert Hall and the Paris' Olympia. In 2005, Phil Collins joined the band on stage in Geneva. Collins says about the show "I watched and listened. They played that stuff better than we ever did."

In 1974, Genesis gave life to the most ambitious project of their career - a double concept album. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tells the story of Puerto Rican juvenile delinquent Rael, who lives in New York and is swept underground to face bizarre creatures and nightmarish dangers in order to rescue his brother John. The tour that followed was revolutionary to say the least, a visionary theatrical production well ahead of its time and the last one with Peter Gabriel in the band.

In 2000, The Musical Box received a licence from Genesis and Peter Gabriel for the reproduction of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. No other band has ever obtained these rights. Masks, costumes, make-up, accessories, sets, lights, special effects, choreography and staging of the show were all recreated with meticulous precision. Costumes - including The Slipperman - required nearly 2 months of work, each detail being scrupulously reproduced by hand.

As for the music and sound, The Musical Box used the same instruments and equipment Genesis did for the original album, even down to the acquisition of a Micro-Fret 6 string bass. Genesis also supplied the 1120 slides used during the original 1974 tour.

Full details as follows:

Date City Venue Prices Box office

March

Thu 15th Manchester O2 Apollo £21.50/£25.00 08444 777 677 www.o2apollomanchester.co.uk
Fri 16th London HMV Apollo £23.50/31.50 08448 444 748 www.hammersmithapollo.net

Tickets through www.ticketmaster.co.uk, Tel 08448 444 748. Doors open at 7pm. All tickets subject to booking fee.

The Musical Box version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway debuted in Montreal in October 2000, more than 25 years after the last Genesis performance with Peter Gabriel; the show was sold out and has been going around the world ever since. When the band performed ‘Selling England by the Pound’ in England in 2002, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett attended the show. At the final date at London Royal Albert Hall, Steve Hackett played an encore with the band. Phil Collins has also joined them on stage on more than one occasion, while Peter Gabriel takes his kids to see them when they perform in the UK and says, 'this is what I used to do'.

The Musical Box tells the story of Rael once again, for those who wish to hear IT and see IT.

Writer: Anthony May
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