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French musical ‘Mozart’ to rock SZ Poly Theater


French musical “Mozart, the Rock Opera” will debut in Shenzhen this weekend.

With music by Dove Attia, Jean-Pierre Pilot, Olivier Schultheis, William Rousseau, Nicolas Luciani, Rodrigue Janois and Francois Castello, the show is a dramatization of the life of Mozart beginning from the age of 17 and culminating with his death in 1791 at the age of 35. Directed by Olivier Dahan and choreographed by Dan Stewart, it uses both original pop-rock compositions as well as music composed by Mozart.

The musical premiered in 2009 in Paris. In 2010, it went on tour in other countries.

Le Figaro praised the lighting and certain “innovations” in the staging. The magazine Têtu referred to the musical as “glittering, sugared like a meringue,” extremely amusing. Thierry Quinson of regardencoulisse.com asserted that the project marked “a veritable evolution in the grand musicals of the last few years: The songs are better written, less formulaic and syrupy, a better-constructed narrative leaving more room for acting and choreography which is less invasive and systematic.”

Time: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25-27 (Jan. 26-27 also at 2:30 p.m.)

Tickets: 280-1,280 yuan

Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)

Metro: Line 2 or 11 to Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E(SD News)