operetta

Les P’tites Michu

by André Messager

Operetta in 3 acts on a libretto by Albert Vanloo and Georges Duval
Premiered on 16 November 1897 at the Bouffes-Parisiens
Version for ten singers and twelve instrumentalists

Dates
19 June 2018 – 7 pm
Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
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20 June 2018 – 8 pm
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22 June 2018 – 8 pm
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24 June 2018 – 4 pm
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26 June 2018 – 7 pm
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27 June 2018 – 8 pm
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29 June 2018 – 8 pm
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Associate production: Bru Zane France
Executive producer: Compagnie Les Brigands
Co-production: Angers Nantes Opéra
Joint realisation: Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet
Set and costume made by the Angers Nantes Opéra's workshops

Transcription for 10 singers and 12 instrumentalists by Thibault Perrine

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.

Company LES BRIGANDS
Pierre Dumoussaud musical director
Rémy Barché stage director
assisted by Alix Fournier Pittaluga
Frédéric Jouannais chorus master
Salma Bordes set design
Oria Steenkiste costume
Florent Jacob lightning
Marianne Tricot illustrations
Stéphane Bordonaro video
Antoine Reibre sound
Marie Bonnier stage manager

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