Salle Gaveau, Paris
2017-01-21 • 15:00
Once in a while, an original French musical comes along that feels like its creators know what they’re doing. I’m not sure why Shay Alon (music) and Christopher Delarue (book & lyrics) chose a property already equipped with a great musical adaptation, especially one as successful as Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, but they have managed to write a show that is both competent and quite satisfactory in places.
The biggest asset of this musical is its creative scenic design. The transformation of the venerable Salle Gaveau into a semblance of a proscenium theatre is quite remarkable, and there are beautiful images aplenty during the performance, in part thanks to nicely designed projections, as well as nifty stage lifts that help make transitions smooth and cinematic.