I would like to be here. I would like to be there. I would like to everywhere at once; I know that's a contradiction in terms. And it's a problem, Especially when My body's clearing forty As my mind is nearing ten.
A 1982 musical adaptation of Federico Fellini's classic 8½. Nine was conceived by librettists Arthur Kopit and Mario Fratti, and songwriter Maury Yeston. The story is that of world-famous film writer/director Guido Contini, a man who's facing a midlife crisis on many fronts as he turns forty. On one hand, he can't come up with a script for his latest film. On another hand, his marriage to his wife Luisa is on shaky ground. Factor in the other women in his life, including his mistress, his confidant and costume designer, his film star muse, and his mother, and Guido's gotsome issues.Not to be confused with the film 9, which came out three months before Nine's film version was released.
This show and film feature examples of:
Age Lift: For the film version, Guido's age was changed to fifty. (Daniel Day-Lewis was 52 in 2009, when the film was released.)
"Cinema Italiano", a solo for Stephanie Necrophorus, establishing both her character and the popularity of Italian movies in the 1960s for the audience's benefit. (despite the fact she is the exact opposite type of character in the musical)
"Guarda la Luna", replacing the show's titular song as the solo for Guido's mother. Based on the "Waltz for Nine" instrumental from the second act.
"Take It All", which replaces Luisa's "Be On Your Own", since Yeston believed the latter to be to inactive and stage-y for film. Originally conceived as a trio for her, Carla, and Claudia.
Oscar Bait: Oh yes, very much so. In fact, take a look at the film's cast: All but two of the film's main stars have won Oscars. That's to say nothing of the Oscar winners and nominees on the crew. In the end, it could only manage four nominations at the Oscars, far less than the thirteen raked in by Chicago seven years earlier.
Patter Song: "Contini Submits", Stephanie Necrophorus' section of "Follies Bergeres".
Solo Duet: Lampshaded by Guido during his "I Am" Song as he sings how much he'd "like another me to travel along with myself/I would like to be able to sing a duet with myself."
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luisa delivers one very powerful one imbetween lines of her song "Take it All" Thank you...for reminding me I'm not special. You don't even see what you do. Even the moments I think are ours, it's just you working to get what you want... You're just an appetite, and if you stop being greedy you die. You take everything and I'm empty. You know, I'm glad I came. I can see now it's hopeless.
Troubled Production: In-universe. The production of Guido's future masterpiece Italia is, to put it very mildly, a living hell: no script, no cast, outrageous sets and costumes, and one crazy director.