With shows like Notre-Dame de Paris, Cats, Greaseand Dirty Dancing playing to sold-out audiences, Paris has become a real mecca for musicals. Just like Broadway in New York, Paris venues have developed a distinctive artistic identity and become genuine hubs for live performance. With their toe-tapping songs, dazzling stage decor and extravagant scenography, musicals have become a must-do for many visitors to Paris. A great outing with the family or a group of friends.
This year, the biggest Paris venues are once again putting on a whole range of exciting shows to choose from.
Starting with the unmissable musical Chicago! A huge success on Broadway, this jazzy show mixing crime and glamour comes to the Théâtre Mogador from 26 September 2018. Full of razzle-dazzle, it includes high-spirited singing and dancing scenes in a women’s prison where destinies cross paths in search of glory. An iconic must-see show!
Fashion Freak Show
From 2 October 2018, a quirky show is topping the bill at the Folies Bergère. A cabaret revue and a musical rolled into one, the Fashion Freak Show by celebrated couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier will thrill the public with a perfectly crazy programme. Iconic creations, provocation and good humour are all part of the line-up … So let yourself be swept away by the world of this great fashion designer.
The show Vous avez dit Broadway? at the Lucernaire theatre, plunges the public into the history of musicals, in the company of Antoine Guillaume and Julie Delbart who go through all the biggest musical hits (until 28 October 2018). Broadway is also back at the Casino de Paris where the gruesomely funny members of the Addams Family meet up once again (from 7 October to 4 November 2018).
Also playing at the Casino de Paris, the musical We Will Rock You based on the hit songs of rock group Queen (from 28 September to 4 November 2018), and Ghost with its unforgettable love story, directed by Dave Stewart from the group Eurythmics (from 28 September to 28 October 2018). Also, save the date for Priscilla Folle du Désert which is playing for one night only (20 February 2019). Finally, at the Alhambra, there is circus and music galore in the show Ohlala (until 30 September 2018).
Musicals for kids
For a family show, head to the Théâtre des Variétés where Mowgli, Baloo and Khaa replay Jungle Book (from 7 October 2018 to 9 March 2019) and where Little Red Riding Hood tries to escape the Big Bad Wolf (from 20 October 2018 to 5 January 2019). The cult musical Emilie Jolie is playing at Olympia (from 22 December 2018 to 6 January 2019) and Tom Sawyer returns to the Théâtre Mogador (from 20 October 2018 to 6 January 2019). As for Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, they fly off to Never Never Land at Bobino from 29 September 2018.
Musicals will have the whole of Paris singing along this season!