Ms-Digne’s Brief History of French Musicals
From Les Misérables to 1789: Les Amants de la Bastille
"Sadly the French don’t want to embrace musicals. … It’s particularly disappointing for Schönberg and Boublil … They wrote a worldwide hit that didn’t make it in their own country." — Cameron Mackintosh
After reading la-princesse-incongrue’s recent post on how French musicals are marketed and seeing this conversation I thought I’d update something I put together for a fair exhibit I did 2 years ago. Keep in mind that I am American and although I worked hard to source my information I may still be missing something.
For example, I know very little about Starmania and considering that show sold more albums than any other French musical ever this is a problem on my part.
Please share any corrections or additional information you have!
This post is by no means complete I know I’ve got nothing about Robin des Bois, Le Petit Prince or Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (which Boublil was involved with) and many, many others. There’s a couple statistics that would be worth adding.
And I think this needs a Who’s Who (Kamel Ouali, Dove Attia and Albert Cohen, Gérard Presgurvic, Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante …)
Next time …