Musical theater that makes Christmas

With the Christmas holidays, the musical theater is presented as a very good offer for a family outing.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
07 December 2023 Thursday 22:05
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Musical theater that makes Christmas

With the Christmas holidays, the musical theater is presented as a very good offer for a family outing. Here is a small selection of the most played shows.

Combining tradition and modernity, the musical El Petit Príncep arrives in its tenth Christmas season, becoming a classic of the Barcelona box office, in the Paral·lel 62 hall. For the occasion, they have made head and again all images. "When we saw the projections, we thought that it had to be renewed, because technology has changed a lot in these ten years - explains Tatiana Halbach, from Desilence-. Now we've used technologies that didn't exist and for the holograms and 3D projections we've installed a pear tulle."

Manu Guix, producer with Àngel Llàcer and La Perla 29, postulates: "This pear means very expensive, the most expensive and special thing on the market". Although the role of the aviator is played by Enric Cambray, in some functions it will be Llàcer or even Guix who will play it.

The composer makes his performance debut by singing his own songs, which have achieved a gold disc and are performed in many schools and by many music students: "25,000 books of scores have been sold, and that means a lot hope And it's also a success on Spotify, with 27,000 monthly listeners and millions of playbacks", says Guix.

Llàcer also announces that the choreography has been renewed, signed by Júlia Bonjoch, "but without betraying the spirit of the show", he points out. The Little Prince has already been seen by 335,000 viewers and this Christmas will reach 700 performances, with Mariona Escoda in the role of the rose, Iñaki Mur, Miguel Ángel Sánchez and Carme Milán, who plays the protagonist.

"The idea came from Fèlix Riera - explains Llàcer - who told us that we had to make a musical based on Saint-Exupéry's book. Then the three of us teamed up and Oriol Broggi decided that the Little Prince had to be a boy. It took us until Guillem Martí appeared. Then she played the role of Júlia Bonjoch, who did 400 performances, and now it is played by Carme Milán”.

Àngel Llàcer and Manu Guix are also responsible for the mega-production that is on display at the Tívoli Theatre, Mel Brooks' musical The Producers (15% discount on Vanguardia Tickets), produced by Nostromo Live, which premiered in September and continues to delight audiences, with impossible scene changes and one surprise after another.

The Cúpula Arenas is the macro stage that hosts the premiere of a new musical based on a great classic: Oliver Twist, in Coco Comin's version (50% discount until 12/2023; 15% for all functions with the Club Vanguardia card). The choreographer has made her own version of Charles Dickens' novel: "I have removed everything that could be rough for a child, such as murders or dubious loves. The result is a fairy tale for these holidays."

The show includes five numbers from Lionel Bart's legendary musical that premiered in London in 1960, and even includes a tap dance number, one of the reference disciplines of Coco Comin's school.

On stage, a dozen performers, half of whom are his students, led by a very young Luka Gordillo, who at just 10 years old takes on the leading role of the orphan boy. The adult cast is made up of members of the teaching team, with Jaume Ortanobas in the role of Fagin, the head of the thieves.

The functions are held in the mornings and afternoons, so that they do not interfere with the children's studies. "Because they are motivated, they get even better grades," declares Comin, who explains that some new scenes have been introduced into the plot, such as the one of the lady in the painting: "Oliver's mother died in childbirth and he finds her again in a painting". "It's the most charming and tender musical I've ever made", he concludes.

The musical that returns to the Poliorama theater after last season's success is L'alegria que passa (25% discount at Vanguardia Tickets), Dagoll Dagom's last creation before his final farewell with Mar i cel. Based on a story by Santiago Rusiñol, the audience travels to an industrial town where the monotony of work contrasts with the circus that performs there.

A hit of text, music and choreography, the responsibility of Anna Rosa Cisquella, Andreu Gallén, Ariadna Peya and Marc Rosich. At the head of the circus company, the factory and the entire cast, an immense Àngels Gonyalons, who unfolds singing, dancing and acting, as the demiurge of this great show.

And the Apolo theater is presenting La historia interminable, the musical version of the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, which emulates the imagination of the beasts that appeared in the film version (25% discount on Vanguardia Tickets).

With music by Iván Macías and technical direction by Pablo Santos, the Beon Entertainment production requires ninety people to present every day the story of the reader Bastian and the warrior Atreyu, who help the Child Princess save her kingdom. The magic and power of literature, at the service of good.