“Hello, Dolly!” (with Donna Murphy)
“Little Shop of Horrors”

“Comédiens !”

Théâtre de la Huchette, Paris • 2018-08-23 • 21:00

Production

An unexpected delight, solidly written and exquisitely performed, although neither dialogue nor lyrics sounded very 1948 to my ears. Discovering the play was a free reinterpretation of Pagliacci halfway through was an added bonus — I was reminded of the day I recognised the plot of Murder on the Orient-Express in a randomly chosen Taiwanese opera set in a mountain inn in Taipei.

Too bad the song that contains my favourite lyric (“Tu m’enivrais, Gaston, mais là / Tu me soûles.”) is marred by some prosodic monstrosities (“Tu te souviens / J’aimais bien ça”). Hearing the very nice song written for Desdemona sort of made me long for a revival of Catch My Soul, the rock opera based on Othello which played the Théâtre Marigny in 1972 as Othello Story.

 

 
 
 
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