Naïma Bencheman, edited by Yanis Darras
The new version of the musical Starmania is being prepared discreetly in Nice, under the direction of Thomas Jolly. Since the end of August, Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon’s Opéra Rock has come back to life. The preview will take place on October 7 at the Nikaïa Palace before a tour throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland in 2023.
Starmania, the famous Rock Opera, offers itself quite a facelift, more than 40 years after the first performance. Behind this return: Raphaël Hamburger, the son of Michel Berger and France Gall who is in charge, without forgetting the prodigy Thomas Jolly at the stage. “I am very excited at the idea of allowing the public to reclaim this monument of French song. You can count on the production and the team that we are to have unearthed the talents to match the work. “, explains the latter at the microphone of Europe 1.
The cast still unknown
On the casting side, no name has yet been revealed. And for good reason: the real star is Starmania, its visionary story and its crazy energy. “To give life to this fresco, we needed sets, a vertiginous work of lights, at the height of the original ambition of Starmania which is subtitled ‘Opéra Rock’, and perhaps for the first time we going to have this spectacular enormity like that”, he explains again. Means worthy of a blockbuster with also more than 40 artists on stage. No doubt, this new version already promises to be starmaniacal.
An event for Thomas Jolly who will then turn to the preparation of the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Paris. The director of Starmania will also be the next artistic director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A tour throughout France from 2023
He will have less than two years to imagine the four ceremonies of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the meantime, the preview of Starmania will take place on October 7 at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice, before its installation in Paris at the Seine Musicale, from November 8, 2022 to January 29, 2023. A tour will take place throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland, from February 10, 2023.