One of the most beloved and famous operettas, The White Horse Inn , will be revived in Paris starting Jan. 20. Mainly written by Ralph Benatzky and Robert Gilbert (but with additional contributions by other lyricists and composers), The White Horse Inn was a worldwide success in the early 1930's. This operetta received its French premiere in 1932 and is now back in the same house that hosted the original production, the Theatre Mogador. Directing this revival of The White Horse Inn is Jacques Duparc whose recent credits include a staging of the French operetta Dede at the Opera Comique. Leading the cast are performers from the world of opera, operetta and/or musicals. Among them are Isabelle Georges (Michel Legrand's Le Passe-Muraille ), Vincent Vittoz (Les Miserables ), Sandrine Diard (Nine ) and Anne Barbier (The Merry Widow ). The chorus teams up classic operetta singers with "Broadway-style" performers to give a newer sound to this Austrian-flavored score.
For tickets and information on L'Auberge du Cheval Blanc at the Theatre Mogador, call 331-53-32-32-00. Starts Jan. 20.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong