Although Word Press was having some issues yesterday, I persevered!
A day late but it’s time for some music!!!
Several months ago, I received a YouTube link featuring the French production of “Le Petit Prince”. I remembered there was a children’s book with the same name (written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) but had never read it. Very seldom do I take the “theatrical” blog posts seriously. Usually, they’re touting some obscure movie or off-Broadway production or unknown outer Siberian punk rock band. Something about this recommendation caught my eye though…maybe what was written about how wonderfully creative a song was set up: “Brilliant directorial idea right at the start of this clip: the little prince takes his magnifying glass down and the rose appears “in the glass” beside him.”
OK, sounded interesting.
So, I clicked on the link and wow, was I glad I did! I was immediately hooked! And that was just Part 5. Click on the link below for a taste of the music. Part 5 includes my favorite songs. So far.
The costuming was outstanding! The music was absolutely mesmerizing! And the sets were innovative and flat-out gorgeous. The voices of Daniel LaVoie (the pilot), Cathialine Andria (the rose) and Jeff Tetedoie (the little prince) were ethereal yet strong. I ended up listening to and watching most of the 14 parts offered at YouTube. While web searches revealed that Riccardo/Richard Cocciante wrote the music and Elizabeth Anais was the lyricist, not much was shown as to the musical’s actual production history…it played in France in 2002-2003 and in Shanghai in 2007 and Hong Kong in 2008.
The story line may be a bit confusing so to get you started, I’ll just say that the setting is WWII and a French pilot has crashed his plane into the desert where he meets The Little Prince, who is a version of his childhood self. It could be interpreted as a lamentation of lost childhood and simpler times.
Let me know what you think. I’m curious how other non-French speakers react to this. Although I haven’t seen any other adaptations of this book, whether animated (and a new one is coming in 2014) or a stage production or a movie, I can’t imagine enjoying any of them as much as I do the French version. A US production would be ideal?!
The link to a synopsis of the book (in case you aren’t familiar with the storyline) is at Amazon (this is the 1974 movie starring Richard Kiley in the Lerner and Lowe adaptation ) and Wikipedia, which also gives an overview of the author’s life and other works.
BTW, I had NO idea Richard Kiley could sing and can he ever!! Yes, this is THE Richard Kiley who played Dr. Ferrand in “Christy”! Click HERE for clip…start at about 5:00. Or watch the whole thing!