NOTRE DAME DE PARIS THE MUSICAL IS COMING TO NICE

Pour célébrer le printemps, Notre Dame de Paris arrive à Nice.To celebrate Spring, Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice!

Nearly twenty years after it premiered in Paris to both critical and popular acclaim, musical spectacular Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice for a three day run this April.

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Set in 15th century Paris and based on the Victor Hugo masterpiece, the highly popular musical tells the story of Notre Dame cathedral bell ringer, the hunchback Quasimodo, and of his hopeless devotion for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, who is being lusted after by the handsome, yet unfaithful, captain of the king’s archers, Phoebus, and by Frollo, a priest torn between his faith to God and his desires of the flesh.

As Gringoire, the poet, helplessly witnesses the tragedy unfold, the six other principal singers perform the beautiful score, composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon, and which includes Le Temps des Cathedrals, Belle, and Vivre. Meanwhile, some 24 dancers and acrobats fly across the stage, break dance and gracefully arch their bodies to create an atmosphere similar to that of a French circus.

This poignant tale of impossible love may not have a happy ending, its many interwoven storylines remain today more relevant than ever with topics such as racism, refugees seeking asylum, and the role of religion. Hence the standing ovations every night!

Notre Dame de Paris has already attracted audiences of more than four million in France alone, and has been staged in more than 20 other countries, from Italy and the United Kingdom, to the United States and South Korea.

Only time will now tell whether the musical becomes the new Les Mis, but there is little doubt that it will capture many more hearts in the years to come with its timeless story of love and betrayal.

Notre Dame de Paris runs from the 21st to the 23rd of April at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice. Tickets range in price from 28€ to 69€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

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REBEL POET RENAUD BRINGS HIS PHÉNIX TOUR TO NICE THIS DECEMBER

Un concert à ne pas manquer ce mercredi à Nice. A not-to-be-missed concert this Wednesday in Nice.

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Get in the festive mood with acclaimed French singer-songwriter Renaud, as he returns to Nice this December as part of his Phénix tour.

Many thought his career was over after alarming reports that he had relapsed into alcoholism and depression, but, just like a phoenix, French singer-songwriter Renaud seems to have risen once again from the ashes with a new album released last April and a new tour that will take him to the Nikaïa in Nice on the 14th of December. Not a small feat for an artist who has been around for more than 40 years and sold millions of albums.

Often compared to Bob Dylan because of his protest songs, his left wing ideological views, and his colourful language, the rebel poet still speaks his mind with his vindictive slang, even though he appears to have acquired a newfound serenity.

Renaud burst onto the French music scene in 1975 with “Hexagone” and “Camarade bourgeois”, in which he expressed his disillusionment and angst. But if he has kept railing against society’s ills and the establishment ever since, with songs like 1985’s “Miss Maggie”, a fierce yet humourous diatribe against British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the artist has slowly abandoned his signature folk-rock approach over the years for a more mainstream pop sound, showing a more tender side in the process, and offering more intimate and introspective records.

His latest effort, the self-titled “Renaud”, is a perfect summary of this evolution. In “Hyper Casher” for instance, he no longer compares Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the Armenian genocide, but instead pays tribute to the Jewish victims of the latest attacks in France – “May they rest in Jerusalem, on their ancestral home, in the sun of Israel, I want to devote this poem to them, tell them they are dear to us, that we will never forget them” – while in “J’ai embrassé un flic” (I hugged a cop), he expresses his gratitude to law enforcement officers, years after hurling bricks at them during his rebellious youth.

Despite the years and all the hardships, Renaud still remains a very unique and individual exponent of the Chanson Française.

Renaud plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice at 8pm on Wednesday, 14th of December, 2016. Tickets range in price from 36 € to 43 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, bd du Mercantour
06100 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

Image via Renaud website

WHAT A FEELING! CATCH FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL THIS APRIL IN NICE

Les années 80 reviennent à Nice en Avril…Et tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz! The 80s are coming back to Nice in April and all the details are in Riviera Buzz!

Break out the leg warmers and get ready to relive the 80’s! Yes, Flashdance the Musical is coming to Nice this April!

Back in 1983, a little film about Alex Owens, a working class girl who works as a steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer at night, while dreaming of becoming a ballerina, became a surprise hit and a pop phenomenon that helped launch Jennifer Beals’ acting career. Now more than 30 years later, the leg warmers, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and big hairdos are back as Flashdance the Musical is coming to the Nikaia in Nice for one night only on Sunday the 10th of April at 5 pm.

Based on the movie, this musical version actually premiered in England in 2008 and has enjoyed much success as a touring show since 2013. Featuring a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley, who produced the story and co-wrote the movie screenplay, it includes the much beloved hits such as Michael Sembello’s “Maniac,” Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” Karen Karmon’s “Manhunt” and Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling”, as well as 16 additional songs written specifically for the show… And of course, the unforgettable water-splash dance and the iconic final audition scene whose moves have been imitated in videos by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Gerri Halliwell.

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Just like the screen version, Flashdance the Musical is full of energy with an athletic cast, electrifying dance numbers and a set design inspired by the gritty urban glory of 1980s-era Pittsburgh streets to tell a familiar story of creativity, perseverance and friendship.

Musicals based on popular, hit movies have been the trend lately from Dirty Dancing to Bodyguard and while some are mediocre at best, Flashdance thrives at being a wonderful tribute to an era where everything still seemed possible, with a message that speaks to all: No matter what, never give up on your dreams!

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Tickets range in price from 30€ to 56€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE WITH SOME DIRTY DANCING IN NICE

La comédie musicale Dirty Dancing arrive en France et c’est dans Riviera Buzz. The Dirty Dancing musical is coming to Nice and it is in Riviera Buzz.

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Dust off your dancing shoes for the sizzling musical extravaganza “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” this October at the Nikaia in Nice.

Adapted from the successful movie of the same name, the show has all of the elements of the timeless coming of age love story that has enchanted scores of women, and a few men too, for decades. Not surprising really, as both were written by Eleanor Bergstein. Since its creation in 2004, the stage version has been seen by millions during its ongoing global tour, so the local audience is sure to be in for a real treat.

Featuring more than 20 actors, all of whom are professionally trained dancers, and the amazing choreography of Craig Wilson, the spectacular musical takes you back to the Summer of 1963 as the young Frances “Baby” Houseman arrives with her family for a three-week vacation in the Catskill Mountains. After witnessing dance instructor Johnny Castle perform steamy numbers with his partner, she feels a new passion awakening in her and soon, she will not only learn how to move, she will also find true love.

The stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing follows the film’s dialogue almost word for word. Even those who have never seen the original movie featuring Jennifer Gray and the late Patrick Swayze, will be familiar with the soundtrack that has sold over 44 million copies worldwide, and includes hits such as She’s Like the Wind, Hungry Eyes, This Magic Moment and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. Some of these songs are performed live by the onstage orchestra while other are pre-recorded, with some 30 songs keeping this high-energy jukebox musical moving for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Dirty Dancing: the Classic Story on Stage” runs from Thursday 8th to Saturday, 10th October 2015. Tickets range in price from 20€ to 79€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

And remember, nobody puts Baby in a corner!

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice 

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE MAKES MONACO THE HEART OF THE SHOW

Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz (Latest article to date for Riviera Buzz)

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Prepare to be reintroduced to the Principality with ‘Monaco le Spectacle’ presented by Cirque Éloize, coming to Nice this November.

The Principality of Monaco is known around the world for its casino, its F1 Grand Prix, its glamorous lifestyle and its scenic beauty among many other things. And now thanks to the creativity and artistic vision of the Montreal-based troupe Cirque Éloize, all those symbols will be brought together to create a unique and spectacular live show; the first ever about an entire country.

Directed by Krista Monson, who has over the years worked with the Cirque du Soleil and orchestrated more than 40 shows in Canada and the United States, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Monaco le Spectacle (Monaco the Show) will follow a certain François as he discovers the tiny Mediterranean country to literary immerse the spectators into the life of the Principality as soon as they step inside the theatre.

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The music is composed by René Dupéré, the man behind the famous piece Alegria for the Cirque du Soleil, while Debra Brown, who has previously worked with the likes of Madonna and Céline Dion, is charged with the choreography.

The Cirque Éloize, like Canada’s other famous circus act, the aforementioned Cirque du Soleil, knows a thing or two about putting spectacular shows and for this new creation, they will as usual combine impressive dance numbers with top levels acrobatics performed by 35 musicians, dancers, theatre actors, and even a multi-instrumentalist magician who will serve as a tour guide for the main character.

After a few dates in Brussels, ‘Monaco le Spectacle‘ will have its world premiere in Paris on the 1st October, where it will play for 6 weeks. It will then be shown in 11 French cities, including Nice, before taking on the world. No doubts that people all around the globe will be seduced by this unprecedented experience, which has already received the royal seal of approval from Prince Albert!

‘Monaco le Spectacle’ will be performed at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice from the 18th to the 21st of November at 8:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 26 € to 79 € and are on sale at all usual outlets. 

All images courtesy Cirque Éloize