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Les P’tites Michu

by André Messager

Dates
19 June 2018 – 7 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
Tickets 12 to 48 € Book
20 June 2018 – 8 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
Tickets 12 to 48 € Book
22 June 2018 – 8 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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24 June 2018 – 4 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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26 June 2018 – 7 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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27 June 2018 – 8 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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29 June 2018 – 8 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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Production Bru Zane France
Executive Production compagnie Les Brigands
Co-production Angers Nantes Opéra
In collaboration with the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
Set and costume made by the Angers Nantes Opéra's workshops

Two little girls, one of high birth, the other of more modest origins, mixed up in their bath; a planned marriage; the first pangs of love and a few intrigues . . . On an amusing narrative framework, Messager skilfully wove a nimble, joyful score, as graceful as it is invigorating. Beneath the superficial facility of a style that sometimes recalls Lecocq, the composer’s sureness of touch is expressed in all its plenitude. If the straightforward, elegant melodies are immediately attractive, it is the harmonisation and instrumentation that give them their full value. Les P’tites Michu was an overnight success after its premiere at the Bouffes-Parisiens on 16 November 1897. The cast included two big stars of the Parisian stage in the title roles, Alice Bonheur (Marie-Blanche) and Odette Dulac (Blanche-Marie). Every number in the score quickly became a ‘hit song’, notably the duet ‘Blanche-Marie et Marie-Blanche’. After a run more than 150 performances, the work toured the provinces and was subsequently staged outside France; it even ended up becoming a Broadway musical twenty years later.

Compagny LES BRIGANDS
Pierre Dumoussaud musical direction
Rémy Barché stage director
Salma Bordes scenography
Florent Jacob lights
Marianne Tricot illustrations
Alix Fournier Pittaluga assistant stage director
Marie Bonnier stage direction

Marie-Blanche Violette Polchi
Blanche-Marie Anne-Aurore Cochet
Général des Ifs Boris Grappe
Gaston Philippe Estèphe
Monsieur Michu Damien Bigourdan
Madame Michu Marie Lenormand
Mlle Herpin Caroline Meng
Aristide Artavazd Sargsyan
Bagnolet Romain Dayez