By Adam Hetrick
22 Oct 2012
Original producers Dove Attia and Albert Cohen are licensing the rights to the musical that has grossed $100 million in France and played the 4,000-seat Palais des Sports. The pop single-filled album from the show has also been widely popular. It has also been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Mozart, l'Opera Rock, which is geared for families and younger "urban audiences," features a large cast and 400 costumes.
Olivier Dahan staged the original, which gives Mozart's life story a contemporary, fashion-forward pop treatment.
Gregory Young and Atanas Ilitch have picked up the rights to Mozart, l'Opera Rock for all English-language territories. Longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator Gemignani and playwright Grimm have been brought on board to bring shape and focus to the musical for American audiences. The goal is a spring Broadway debut.
"When the French write musicals, a lot of their songs are written like pop singles placed contiguous to each other, while on Broadway, it's necessary to have a storyline and a semblance of relationship," Young told Variety.
While the large-scale production will have to be pared down for a Broadway theatre, Young and Ilitch have licensed and acquired all of the sets, costumes and other pieces of the original physical production, should the show become a U.S. hit and play a larger-scale rock tour.
Here's a look at the French production: