"PARIS! THE SHOW,” BRINGS THE SPIRIT OF POST-WWII FRANCE
AND THE MUSIC OF PIAF, BREL, BAKER, CHEVALIER AND MORE
TO THE MAC NOV. 18, 2023
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) presents “Paris! The Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Created by the producers of the popular “Piaf! The Show,” “Paris! The Show” is a vibrant tribute to the greatest French songs of the post-war era, capturing the charm and essence of Paris for the whole world to enjoy. Songs featured in this production include those made popular by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier and more.
“Paris! The Show” revolves around the story of Emily, a young American girl who dreams of becoming a famous artist arrives in Paris. In Montmartre, she will cross paths with Edith Piaf, becoming her friend, confidante, and soulmate, and will fall in love with Charles, a young singer living in Pigalle. A romance will blossom in a city where love conquers all.
This production features a beautiful scenic set design that transports guests from Montmartre to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets during the post-World War II era. With its live band, chic costumes and exceptional cast “Paris! The Show” will have audiences feeling as though they are strolling the banks of the Seine.
The cast features vocalists Stéphanie Impocco as Emily and Nathalie Lermitte as Edith Piaf, a role MAC audiences saw her perform when “Piaf! The Show” hit the MAC stage in 2022. They will be joined by vocalist Jules Grison as Charles. Other members of the cast include dancers Karine Soucheire and Jean-François Duboug, percussionist Benoit Pierron, accordionist Frédéric Viale, pianist and music director/arranger Philippe Villa and double bass player Giliard Lopez. Creator and producer for the show is Gil Marsalla, who has succeeded in making French musical heritage a worldwide success through the shows he produces and directs.
McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage presents “Paris! The Show” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $50-$60. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000. The Box Office is open noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and two hours prior to performances.
About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and a versatile black box Studio Theatre), outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org or @AtTheMAC on Facebook and Instagram.