• Posted:Monday, December 7, 2009
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Paris Broadway-sur-Seine to rival London

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Paris Broadway-sur-Seine to rival London
A tale of two cities is what we have here - if you're thinking of taking in a show and can't decide between the Phantom of the Opera or Oliver!, you might like to consider not staying in a London hostel and seeing what that city has to offer but taking a room in a hostel in Paris instead. Apparently, the city is planning a takeover and wants to be known as the premier place to go for musical theatre.

Them's fighting words indeed and, as the Times would have it, Gallic theatre directors have pledged to work until this is an indisputable fact. Apparently, a "significant milestone" was reached this week, with the first ever staging of The Sound of Music - or le Melodie du Bonheur - in the country, although Broadway-sur-Seine has also featured shows such as Grease and West Side Story.

Others soon to be performed on French boards include Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and Scooby-Doo (that last one should be interesting!), so if you're partial to a musical play or two, taking a trip to France surely means that everyone's a winner.

According to the Times, Jean-Luc Choplin director of the Chatelet Theatre, which is where the Julie Andrews fave is being put on, said that the fact that it has not yet been seen in France is "an injustice". And critic for L'Express Gilles Medioni recently wrote that "Paris is no longer a desert for musicals". Hooray - yet another reason to visit the city of love then!

And taking in a musical or two will also keep you busy while you wait for the museums to be reopened again. Exhibition halls such as the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre have been closed due to strikes over retiring public servants who will not be replaced due to a government policy.

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