Havering Music Makers

Previous Shows - La Vie Parisienne

La Vie Parisienne
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex
Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th July 1993
Evenings 7.45pm

Music by Jacques Offenbach
Lyrics by H. Meilhac and L. Halevy
New Book & Lyrics by Phil Park
Music Arranged and Adapted by Ronald Hanmer

La Vie Parisienne
Raoul de Gardefeu and Bobinet, two racy young Parisians, who are in love with Metalla, a beautiful young woman aspiring to high society. Metalla rejects both Gardefeu and Bobinet in favour of a richer and older man. The two rejected young men become allies.

Several rich tourists arrive in Paris - the Baron and Baronness of Gondremarck and a millionaire Brazillian bent on spending his money as quickly as possible. Gardefeu invites the Baron and Baroness to stay with him.

Metalla appears at Gardefeu's house, wanting to make up with him. When Gardefeu tells her that another woman is occupying the guest room in which she had stayed, Metalla leaves in a huff. In the meantime the Baron has met Metalla and has fallen in love with her. To entertain and distract the Baron, Gardefeu arranges a huge party which takes place at the home of Bobinet's wealthy aunt who is away on holidays. His aunt's housekeeper, Pauline, masquerades as Bobinet's wife and totally fascinates the Baron. Gardefeu invites Metalla, the Brazillian along with Gabrielle, a salesgirl and Frick, a shoemaker, both of whom will pretend to be Aristocrats.

Offenbach's music
for La Vie Parisienne includes:

 Ladies Of Society The Letter Song Joie-De-Vie! These Magic Hours  
C'est La Vie Parisienne Little Cloud 

For Havering Music Makers' production:
Producer - Derek Tatnall
Musical Director - Ian Gray
Choreographer - Nichola Tawn
Accompanist - Claire Hickford

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. 
Havering Music Makers are an amateur society affiliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association and acknowledge the support of Havering Arts Council

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  Last Revised: 10th September 2004 by
Nick Ford

© Richard Williams, Nick Ford & Carla Moore 2004