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

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Libre

Le Théâtre Libre, previously known as Le Comédia, was built in just six months by the architect Charles Duval in 1858. It experienced an unsteady start and soon declared bankruptcy. However, in 1862 it was transformed into the Eldorado, and became the most famous concert cafe in Paris. It retained its popularity for over 60 years, undergoing various phases of renovations during which its glamorous spirit was reflected through the addition of a metallic canopy entryway.

 

This renowned venue played an important role in shaping the cultural prowess of the Roaring Twenties, and has hosted many stars, including Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier, both French actor-singers. In 1932 it was converted into a large cinema, returning to its original role as a theater 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 types of theatrical performances to the great delight of the Parisian public.

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 995

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

Air conditioning: Yes

Heating: Yes