Cheri the Musical

Book and Lyrics : Michael Yale

Music : Charlie Round-Turner

This new musical is based on the classic French novel Chéri written by Colette whose previous work includes the celebrated Gigi. Widely considered the author’s masterpiece Chéri is a vivid portrait of the Parisian demi-monde before WWI. It is an unsentimental love story and a study of ageing and sexuality. Chéri tells the story of a Léa, a beautiful 50 year old woman and the strikingly handsome Chéri her lover who is 30 years her junior. Léa is a celebrated ex–courtesan and Chéri the son of her greatest rival, Madame Peloux. The story is filled with fabulous characters and is by turns bitingly witty and evocatively moving. The theme of “who is it right to fall in love with?” is as resonant today as it was a hundred years ago.

The music and songs created for Chéri evoke the last years of La Belle Époque. The first half of the show has a strong waltz influence combined with popular light chansons. As the second half of the show takes a darker twist the moodier sound of the tango is incorporated; this exotic sound had just begun to take Paris by storm at the time. The more contemporary sounding musical numbers are anchored in the mood of the period through orchestration

This new musical based on the novel has been translated and adapted by Michael Yale with music by Charlie Round-Turner whose previous collaborations include the acclaimed Monsieur Deon (“We are lured from the onset…the production hangs together perfectly…visually attractive and richly engaging” THE STAGE)

The music from the show received a work-in-progress performance at The Battersea Barge in the summer of 2007. Since then the piece has been in workshop and has included contributions from performers such as Cassidy Janson, Frances Ruffelle, Kerry Washington and Paul Morrisey as well as many other talented artists.

The show is in the final stages of development with script and music now complete.

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