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.
The hyper-successful adaptation of the cult film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, Ghost the Musical finds new form on the stage of the Théâtre Mogador from 26 September 2019. This famous love story and its original soundtrack create one of the most romantic musicals out there.
From 26 September 2019 to 21 June 2020
For the first time in France, WarHorse, the sweeping historical and musical fresco seen by 8 million people is playing at the Seine Musicale (from 29 November to 29 December 2019). This blockbuster event, adapted from Michael Morpurgo's novel, is a story of courage, loyalty and friendship, and suited to all the family. On stage, 34 actors and singers, and puppeteers from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company recount the adventures of young Albert and his horse Joey, against the backdrop of the First World War. A must-see show!
From 29 November 2019 to 29 December 2019
At the Casino de Paris, dive into the world of Michael Jackson with Forever, the Best show about the King of Pop (from 28 November to 1 December 2019). With a successful European tour already completed, the show pays homage to the king of pop 10 years after his death. Head to the Théâtre Marigny, to see Funny Girl, the legendary Broadway musical inspired by the story of the American actress Fanny Brice. A joyful fun and moving musical playing for the first time in Paris (until 7 March 2020). The Théâtre du Châtelet is also staging a Broadway hit with An American in Paris; the show garnered 18 awards and was inspired by the famous film by Vincente Minelli that won an Oscar in 1951 (from 28 November 2019 to 1 January 2020).
At the Dôme de Paris, Siddhartha, l’Opéra Rock offers spectators quite a different world. This musical brings to the stage the life of Buddha, with Fabien Incardona known as INCA in the title role (from 26 November 2019 to 5 January 2020). The Seine Musicale also welcomes an already cult rock opera, the famous Starmania, created by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon. Since 1979, this show has attracted 6 million spectators and its songs are know by entire generations! (from 22 September 2020 to 2 January 2021).
Finally, the story musical, ‘Les Souliers Rouges’, (inspired by the film ‘The Red Shoes’), by Marc Lavoine playing at the Folies Bergères, also promises to be one of the top shows of the year (from 31 January to 19 April 2020).
Musicals for kids
Paris has a great billing of family musicals. For tiny tots, there is Peppa Pig at the Casino de Paris, a new colourful show (until 24 November 2019). At the Théâtre Mogador, don’t miss the last dates for the hit musical Tom Sawyer (until 24 November 2019), which will then be followed by the great classical musical adapted from the book by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days (from 8 February to 26 April 2020). And to find out more about the life and career of this famous author, go along to the Théâtre Edouard VII to see Jules Verne (until 4 January 2020).
At the Théâtre des Variétés, Jungle Book stars favourite characters Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera (until 9 February 2020). At Café de la Gare, Alice in Wonderland brings the world of Lewis Caroll to little ones (until 4 January 2020). ‘La revanche du Capitaine Crochet’ (‘Hook’) offers a liberal adaptation of the work by Sir James Matthew Barrie, at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens (until 4 January 2020).