La vie parisienne (2007)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Sébastien Bou Jean-Sébastien Bou ... Raoul de Gardefeu
Marc Callahan Marc Callahan ... Bobinet
Maria Riccarda Wesseling Maria Riccarda Wesseling ... Métella
Laurent Naouri Laurent Naouri ... Le Baron de Gondremark
Michelle Canniccioni Michelle Canniccioni ... La Baronne
Marie Devellereau Marie Devellereau ... Gabrielle
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Jean-Paul Fouchécourt ... Frick
Jesús Garcia Jesús Garcia ... Le Brésilien
Christophe Mortagne Christophe Mortagne ... Prosper
Brigitte Hool Brigitte Hool ... Pauline
Jean-Louis Meunier Jean-Louis Meunier ... Urbain
Claire Delgado-Boge Claire Delgado-Boge ... Léonie et la voix de la gare
Sharona Applebaum Sharona Applebaum ... Albertine
Marie Cognard Marie Cognard ... Augustine
Marie-Eve Gouin Marie-Eve Gouin ... Clara


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29 December 2007 (France) See more »

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On the most part it is brilliant...
1 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

For me, the only foible I have with this La Vie Parisienne is the inclusion of an attempted rape, which I found very unnecessary and unpleasant to watch. Other than that, the production is brilliant, a huge improvement on the 1991 performance with Helene Delavault, which had some good things but has numerous huge problems. The settings are modern day, but are much less sparse than the earlier performance, while the staging especially the ending and the highly amusing cat-walk turn has much more energy and vitality. The costumes are just gorgeous. Offenbach's beautiful music is lovingly played by the orchestra, who show a beauty and elegance of tone and stylish energising. Sebastien Rouland is a new name to me but after this with his electric and highly involved reading I cannot wait to see and hear more of him. The principals are really marvellous. The ever versatile Laurent Naouri manages to be both distinguished and hilarious. Marc Callahan looks very handsome, sings and act with an appealing French accent and his singing is pleasant to listen to. Jean-Sebastien Bou fares exactly the same as Callahan, while while slightly lacking in panache Jesus Garcia is appropriately virile and Maria Riccarda Wesseling's Metella is very sexy. Stealing the show is Marie Devellereau, whose Gabrielle is superb with brilliant colouratura technique and a vibrant stage presence, her cat-walk turn was one of the highlights of the performance. Overall, has one questionable moment but everything else is spot on. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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