Touring production

Les P'tites Michu

Live Concert
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.
Caen Reims

Dates

Sun 30 December 2018
17.00
Théâtre de Caen, Caen
Mon 31 December 2018
19.00
Théâtre de Caen, Caen
Sat 19 January 2019
20.30
Opéra de Reims, Reims
Sun 20 January 2019
14.30
Opéra de Reims, Reims

Performers

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 Jean-Christophe Lanièce Madame Michu Marie Lenormand Monsieur Michu Damien Bigourdan Général des Ifs Mathieu Dubroca Aristide Artavazd Sargsyan Bagnolet Romain Dayez Mademoiselle Herpin Ingrid Perruche Mademoiselle Ida Jenny Daviet
Associate production: Bru Zane France Executive producer: company Les Brigands Co-production: Angers Nantes Opéra Joint realisation: Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet (shows in Paris) Set and costume made by the Angers Nantes Opéra's workshops With the support of SPEDIDAM Scores: co-edition Choudens / Palazzetto Bru Zane photos © Nemo Perier Stefanovitch