- January 11, 2023
- Parisian theatre
- Angela Spidahl
Musicals to See In Paris in 2023
We’re calling it: 2023 is the year of the musical in Paris. Whether you’re after a dose of French cultural history or a Disney-inspired classic to watch with the family, we guarantee you’ll find a musical show to suit you in Paris this year. Why not plan ahead and get your tickets now?
Here is a link to our website with a filter on all the Musicals we have going on : Musicals in Paris 2023
1. Cabaret, The MusicalUntil 3 February 2023
This cult classic has just been given an injection of Parisian glitz and glamour. Cabaret, The Musical is back in one of Paris’s most iconic venues: the larger-than-life cabaret house Lido2Paris. Could there be a more appropriate location to stage the story of one man’s relationship with a troubled cabaret performer? Thanks to the direction change of Lido2Paris, this musical in Paris will go down in the books for its uniqueness! This historically-inspired musical will whisk you back to the carefree days of the Weimar Republic. 1930 is approaching, the Nazis are on the rise and Germany is teetering on the brink of disaster. But in the heady world of the Kit Kat Klub, Berlin’s most notorious cabaret club, none of that seems to matter. A writer meets a showgirl, and together they try to ignore the end of life as they know it. Dancers whirl and jazz music crescendos as hedonism spirals out of control. Don’t miss this ultra-modern revival of a timeless musical. You’re in luck: Cabaret, The Musical is entirely in English!
2. Josephine Baker, The MusicalUntil 22 March 2023
More interested in French than in German history? We’ve got it covered. This brand-new musical in Paris tells the tale of one of France’s most inspiring figures: the dancer, singer, and resistance fighter Josephine Baker. Born in a Missouri ghetto and married off at 13, Baker broke through the barriers of her time to become the most famous French showgirl of the 20th century. Along the way, she subverted offensive stereotypes, campaigned against segregation, and spent a stint fighting for the French resistance, not to mention championing women’s liberation. That’s quite a CV! In a new French-language musical at the Théâtre Bobino, seven talented performers take you through the life of this theatrical icon. Expect toe-tapping jazz and costumes as flamboyant as Baker herself.
3. Black LegendsUntil 26 March 2023
From one inspiration to the next: hit musical in Paris, Black Legends, charts a century of unforgettable African American music. Covering soul, gospel, motown, disco, funk, hip hop, and R&B, the show skips from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston and Beyoncé. In between, you’ll be introduced to key figures and landmark events in Black American history. Witness the brutality of the slave trade and the injustices of segregation, while hearing snippets from inspiring speeches by Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Woven through it all are rousing protest songs and anthems. English speakers can breathe a sigh of relief: while the dialogue and narration in this show are in French, all songs and speeches remain in their original English. So you’ll miss nothing of the infectious energy that has earned this hit French production an extended run at the Theater Bobino in 2023. By turns poignant and comic, and always with a powerful message, this musical sensation is not to be missed.
4. Lion King, The MusicalOngoing
Nants ingonyama… Or, for the Zula speakers out there, “Here comes a lion”... True to the Disney movie’s unforgettable opening lyrics, a lion is coming to Paris in 2023. And not just any lion: only the king of the Serengeti, Simba himself! 13 years after its first successful run, this French adaptation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s record-breaking musical is returning to the stages of the Theater Mogador. There you’ll find the usual, colourful, cast of characters: Simba and his pals Pumbaa and Timon, the scheming Scar, and the wise Rafiki. Hear Disney classics in their French translations, while you sing along to the original English lyrics displayed in surtitles. With lavish costumes, stunning visuals and a set that transports audiences to the heart of the Savannah, this show will brighten the dreariest day in Paris. Why not bring the whole family along?
5. West Side StoryOctober - December 2023
Are you a Jet or a Shark? A fan of gangster movies or a lover of Broadway musicals? In West Side Story, you can be all four! In the grimy back alleys of Manhattan's Upper West Side, a love affair blossoms between Maria and Tony, two teenagers with ties to rival gangs. Pure as it may be, their love is no match for the gangsters’ hate. From street fights to shoot-outs, Jets and Sharks will stop at nothing to tear the star-crossed lovers apart. If you recognize that plot, you’re not mistaken! This legendary musical by Broadway titans Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. More than 60 years since it exploded onto the stages of New York, West Side Story still holds audiences spellbound all around the world. Now it’s coming to the musical theatre powerhouse that is the Théâtre du Chatelet. From October to December 2023, you can watch the English-language musical staged with French surtitles in the heart of Paris.
6. Les ProducteursUntil 2 April 2023
If you’re a fan of multiple Tony Award-winning musical The Producers, you’ll love its French twin, Les Producteurs. Adapted by celebrated playwright Alexis Michalik (who has won about as many awards as the Broadway show itself), Les Producteurs came to Paris in 2022. Is it any surprise that it took home two prizes at that year’s Molière Awards? Capturing the caustic wit for which the musical is known, Michalik has proven a match for original writer Mel Brooks. This musical tells the story of two fraudulent producers who try to scam investors into funding the biggest theatrical flop in history. It’s a taste of Broadway on the stage of the Théâtre de Paris, and it’s just been extended all the way to April 2023.