Breaking News: Mozart, l'Opera Rock Headed to Broadway in Spring of 2013?
Variety reports that plans are underway to bring Mozart, l'Opera Rock to Broadway in the Spring of 2013. For a video preview,
Mozart, l'opéra rock is a French musical directed by Olivier Dahan and produced by Dove Attia and Albert Cohen. The show uses both pop-rock compositions and music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The hit French musical, which played for 3 years in France, grossed $100 million, sold 750,000 copies of the cast recording and was also filmed for a 3D movie.
According to Variety, "Producers Gregory Young and Atanas Ilitch have acquired "Mozart" for all English-language territories, with playwright David Grimm ("Miracle at Naples") and musical director Paul Gemignani ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood") adapting the show for Broadway.
They admit some retooling is needed to fit the work to the expectations of U.S. auds.
"When the French write musicals, a lot of their songs are written like pop singles placed contiguous to each other, while on Broadway, it's necessary to have a storyline and a semblance of relationship," says Young, adding that Grimm has been bridging the period settings with a contempo sensibility.... Although they have to downsize the production for a smaller Broadway house -- the French production, directed by Olivier Dahan, played the massive 4,000-seat Palais des Sports -- the pair has licensed and acquired all the sets, costumes, staging and props of the original show for a possible touring rock opera if the musical is a hit."
The musical premiered on 22 September 2009 at the Palais des Sports de Paris, where it continued until 3 January 2010. From 4 February 2010 until 3 July 2010, it went on tour in France, Belgium and Switzerland. It returned to Paris between 9 November 2010 and 9 January 2011. A second tour began on 4 February 2011 and the production closed on 10 July 2011 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. The first album, featuring 12 tracks, was released on 27 April 2009. The complete recording, comprising 27 tracks, was released on 21 September 2009.
Six music videos have been made to accompany the show: Tatoue-Moi, Vivre à En Crever,L'Assasymphonie, Le Bien Qui Fait Mal, J'accuse mon père and C'est bientôt la fin. On 3 November 2010, a DVD recording of the show was released. The show was recorded in 3D on 21 December 2010.