France Musique rolls out a red carpet at the musical



It has become a happy ritual announcing Christmas. For four years, France Musique has been offering with “42e rue fait son show” a special evening dedicated to the musical concocted by producer Laurent Valière. In the midst of news and greyish weather, the program for the fourth edition promises to be shiny, especially as the musical spectacle is making a comeback at the end of 2021.

A creation signed Zabou Breitman and Reinhardt Wagner

Annette, sophisticated rock opera by Leos Carax, Tralala, tender and crazy comedy of the Larrieu brothers, the delightful animated film from Disney, Encanto, All in scene 2, which comes out on December 22, and of course on West Side Story de Spielberg are shining examples.

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“42e rue” gave carte blanche to actress and director Zabou Breitman for an unprecedented radio creation, How’s life ?, which she wrote and for which Reinhardt Wagner composed the music, performed by the Orchester national de France. Three actors, Héloïse Wagner, Emma Kate Nelson and Serge Bagdassarian of the Comédie-Française, will bring to life the sparkling fantasy confronting a heavily sexist radio host with two slightly bloodthirsty listeners. The vampires are out in this catchy comedy!

The best shows of the season are revealed

The special evening imagined and presented by Laurent Valière will also make it possible to hear the best of the shows already on the bill or soon on the boards and standards of the musical. We will enjoy hearing the song Cool, and several extracts from West Side Story by the Orchester national du Rhin, the Broadway Melody of Let’s sing in the rain by the company Ars Lyrica, or I love Paris, by Cole Porter, performed by Les Frivolités parisiennes for the show Cole Porter in Paris of the Châtelet theater.

Among the great tunes of this 2021 edition, Over the Rainbow will be sung by Izïa in homage to Judy Garland, whose centenary is being celebrated. With its Tralala, made famous by Suzy Delair, will be taken over by Salomé Benchimol for the show But what a comedy! of the Comédie-Française. The King of Broadway will come from Producers performed at the Théâtre de Paris. John the coachman, Offenbach’s Parisian life at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, theAscot Gavotte of My Fair Lady will be sung by the students of Cours Florent. L’Aria Sparks heard in Annette will also be showing.

A special tribute will be paid to the deceased master on November 26, 2021, Stephen Sondheim, with the covers of West Side Story of which he was the lyricist, as well as those of his most emblematic musicals including Company and Follies, which will give Nicole Croisille the opportunity to interpret Broadway Baby. Something to give terrible desires for outings and movement.

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