French Arena Spectacle Mozart, l'Opera Rock Eyeing Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
Mozart, l'Opera Rock, the successful French pop spectacle about the life of the classical composer, is being adapted for Broadway by Paul Gemignani and David Grimm, according to Variety.
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:
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