Summer 44

The Musical
Summer 44
Le Théâtre Libre

Until April 30, 2017

French with English subtitles

Location

Le Théâtre Libre
4 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 995 seats

Duration

2 hours

One intermission


Details

Musical

Suitable for all ages

French with English subtitles


Highlights

Summer '44: the liberation of France in a musical. This original musical brings us back to the summer of 1944, from the Battle of Normandy to the Liberation of Paris. History unfolds before our eyes through the anonymous destinies performed by six young singers. Did you know the Rochambelles, this nursing brigade founded by the New Yorker Florence Conrad, participated in the landing alongside allied forces? Have you heard that pianos, Steinway Victory V manufactured in the United States, were parachuted by aircraft during D-Day, and nearly 2500 jazz musicians were among the soldiers landing?

Eighteen of the most famous French songwriters, including Charles Aznavour and Jean-Jacques Goldman, wrote new songs specifically for this fantastic show.

Story

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Le Théâtre Libre

4 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris

Le Théâtre Libre previously know as Théâtre  Le Comédia was built in just six months by the architect, Charles Duval, in 1858. It experienced an unsteady start and quickly reached bankruptcy. However, in 1862 it was transformed into the Eldorado, and became the most famous café-concert in Paris. It retained such popularity for over 60 years, undergoing various phases of renovations during which its glamorous ambience was symbolised with the addition of a metallic canopy entryway.

 

This renowned venue played an important role in shaping the cultural prowess of 'Les Années Folles' and has hosted many French stars, including the real Mistinguett, and Maurice Chevalier. In 1932 it was converted into a large cinema, returning to its original role as a theatre in 1971. Since this time, the stage has been used for musical performances of all kinds, In recent years it began to feature many other theatrical performances of every genre for the public's general enjoyment.

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 995

Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? Yes