Now that his musical Amour is up and running at Broadway's Music Box Theatre, composer Michel Legrand plans to bring Jacques Demy's film, "The Young Girls of Rochefort," to the Paris stage.
Legrand told Variety that he plans to mount a "Girls" production "next year at the Palais de Congres in Paris. It will be a very, very large production." The Palais de Congres seats a whopping 4,000 theatregoers. Although Amour also premiered in France — under the title Le Passe Muraille — there is no word whether "Rochefort" will make it to Broadway. No director or opening dates have yet been announced for the Paris production, which will feature the Legrand score.
"Les Demoiselles de Rochefort," released in the U.S. as "The Girls of Rochefort," was written and directed by Jacques Demy and concerned the lives of two musical sisters — Delphine and Solange — who live in Rochefort. Featuring a score by Legrand, the movie musical starred Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Francoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Riberolles, Grover Dale, Véronique Duval, Leslie North, Patrick Jeantet and Gene Kelly. Legrand's score was nominated for a 1969 Academy Award.
Michel Legrand has composed over 200 film and television scores, including "Lady Sings the Blues," "Wuthering Heights" and "Ice Station Zebra." He has won three Academy Awards, five Grammys and an Emmy nomination; some of his best-known songs include several collaborations with Alan and Marilyn Bergman: "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" as well as the score to Barbra Streisand's "Yentl."
—By Andrew Gans