Jean-Luc Choplin opens the nouveau Seine musicale theatre complex with a new fabriquer of thé classic in hopes de cultivating musical theatre ventilateur in the ville of Light.
West page Story at les Seine musicale Johan Persson

He has been called the “Châtelet Enchanter.”

For a decade, oui director of the Théâtre du Châtelet in auto heart of Paris, Jean-Luc Choplin fabriquer the American musique increasingly famous in the ville of Light, a venir that till his arrival had actually not to be known à la its embrace de the genre.

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Now thé 67-year-old Choplin has left Châtelet (which is closed à la renovations) and become the tons artistic director of the seine Musicale, a super new theatre complex nous the "Île Seguin, année island in the Seine passant par Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb seulement beyond the western end of Paris quickly reached de the Paris metro subway. Et he intends to continuez imbuing his fellow Parisians through his love of thé American musique theatre tradition—first with a revival of one de Broadway’s greats, West page Story.

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“Every 5 years, pour a nouveau generation, we ont to bring earlier West côté Story,” sûr Choplin, whose official title is chairman de the Seine musique programming committee. “It’s a fabrication I did double at Châtelet, with great success. Auto last time was in 2012, so i thought cette was temps again. It’s additionally a preliminary to suivant year’s celebration du the 100th anniversary ns its composer, compiler Leonard Bernstein’s birth.” the also auto 60th anniversary du the show"s d’origine Broadway opening, in 1957. The musical will be watched October 12 à November 12.

Choplin, who also co-produced auto Tony-winning musical année American in Paris nous Broadway, raffinement that his motto has constantly been “popular et sophisticated. It is what ns did at Châtelet, et that’s the idée we want à develop on this musique island, v big, diriger projects. West côté Story is something that is difficult to classify. It’s a piece which is classical, with great, especially music, and at thé same time cette reaches everybody. It’s what I appel téléphonique popular et sophisticated—or sophisticated et popular.”

It’s the third temps Choplin has actually presented West côté Story—the life time to be at Châtelet in 2007. The show—music de Bernstein, livre by Arthur Laurents et lyrics passant par Stephen Sondheim, his life Broadway credit—is directed et choreographed (reproducing Jerome Robbins’ original) de Joey McKneely, a Robbins protégé. The production, gift in English, with français surtitles, is the same ont the 2007 et 2012 ones, but with a new cast, et is on a people tour.

This is just the beginning of Choplin’s goals for the nouveau theatre, which chin is thé opening salvo ns a plan to transform auto island—home venir tanneries et dance salle in the 19th century et then, from 1929 venir 1992, a large Renault car factory—into année island de culture, “a completely cultural destination,” Choplin says, consisting of venues à la art.

Does he hope to aller at Seine musical exactly what hey did at Châtelet—make it at the very least in aller a showcase of the American musical, old and new? “Yes sir,” he says. “Absolutely.”

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At Châtelet, he presented the tons Parisian opération ever de a musical parce que le which Sondheim wrote both music et lyrics: A précis Night Music, in 2010, certification Leslie Caron et Greta Scacchi. Cette received lot acclaim and was adhered to the suivant year by Sweeney Todd, et then par Sunday in thé Park v George, Into auto Woods, and Passion. There was a new musical déditions of auto hit 1952 movie singing in auto Rain—which is being reprised this season at Paris’ dénormes Palais, start November 28. And then over there was thé Châtelet fabrication of an American in Paris, which moved nous to Broadway in 2015 et won four Tony Awards.

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Other American musicals Choplin readily available at Châtelet include mien Fair Lady, thé Sound of Music, Kiss je Kate, Carousel, rue Scene, démontrer Boat, Candide, 42nd Street—and West page Story.

“My surname is a kind de trademark parce que le this,” Choplin says. “I oui to continue trying venir think de what ns can do. I’m wait a little peu to do a decision about exactly what. I have to see how West page Story is going venir work. I oui particular musicals in mind, marqué I nothing want venir announce them yet because i want à be maybe to audit the waters through West side Story. Marqué I desire to continue developing and bringing nouveau versions du famous classic musicals, et also nouveau creations, like we did with année American in Paris.”

Advance billet sales parce que le West à côté de Story oui been really good, he says. “It’s amazing how you have the right to attract année audience à a new place. This is different. It’s not in the centre of Paris, choose going à Châtelet, i beg your pardon is the best possible location. You have to marche west, to auto outskirts. And it’s additionally going to be interesting à see thé kind ns audiences we’re attracting, venir see their reaction. This is a various kind de space.

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“I was happy the when nous had the Alvin Ailey saut Theatre, an American company, this summer, the public came. That a very great sign de what we’re going venir be maybe to aller in this nouveau space.”

The Seine musical consists du two theatres: a 1,200-seat concert hall that is loger to a classical music orchestra et a children’s choir, et the henchmen hall, which seat 4,000 marqué will it is in configured à hold 2,500 parce que le West côté Story. Seine musical will function much much more than musique theatre—the main lobby opened nous April 21 with a apparence solo by Bob Dylan, and Choplin has actually said the complex will present tous music, native Baroque to rock.

The 170 million euro (about $204 million this days) ultramodern facility was designed par the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the reputation Pritzker imeuble Prize, et the french architect Jean ns Gastines. Travellers come to the "Île Seguin just to see auto structure, Choplin says. “It’s iconic. Cette looks like a spaceship. Everyone wants venir visit. The wonderful venir take something oui classic as West à côté de Story and link cette with this great place.”