There was much excitement about the forthcoming French production of Lionel Bart's classic, Oliver!, to be produced by the Opera de Lyon and to be performed at the Theatre du Point du Jour, in Lyon, next June. A recent press release announced that Oliver! won't get its French premiere because the Opera de Lyon couldn't get the rights to perform the Bart musical. That production was supposed to be directed by Michel Raskine and adapted by Joel Jouanneau and Michel Raskine.
But two other Broadway hits will get their French premieres this year. On Oct. 4, Jerry Herman's La Cage Aux Folles will grace the stage of the Theatre Mogador. French audiences are, of course, very familiar with the original play and the movie version, both starring Michel Serrault, but much less with Herman's joyous score. Alain Marcel, who has adapted and directed Broadway classics such as Kiss Me, Kate, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors and My Fair Lady, will adapt and direct this production.
One month later, on Nov. 4, the French premiere of Grease will open at the Palais des Sports and will run until Jan. 8, 2000 (although there is a high probability that the show might extend). For this production, the dialogues will be translated into French but the songs will still be performed in English. No director has been announced yet but, it might be a foreign artists.
For tickets and information on La Cage Aux Folles at the Theatre Mogador, call 331 53 32 32 00. For tickets and information on Grease at the Palais des Sports, call 331 40 68 69 70..
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong