written by webmistress
Saturday 21 July 2012 – At the
Festival Lacoste, in the heart of the Luberon,
Gérard Chambre and his bewitching troupe have
once again captivated their audience with their
latest spectacular Musical : « Charles Trenet »
The long standing ovation at the end of the show was
the praise of an audience charmed beyond measure.
In his introduction to this musical, director Gérard
The world has always felt the need to laugh, to
sing, to celebrate...
Especially in these times of history where the
threat of a storm and its clouds are rumbling ...
(translated from Gérard’s French text)
As one of many hundreds of
spectators – including Monsieur
Pierre Cardin – in the
courtyard of the castle once owned by the Marquis de
Sade, I can tell you that Gérard and his
of Estelle Boin, Véronique Fourcaud, Virginie
Colette Simson, Mika Apamian, Pierre Babolat and
Fabrice Coccitto put us all under a magic spell
that summer night. Without a doubt, this show must
be described as...
EXQUISITE - PHÉNOMÉNALE - EXTRAORDINAIRE !
has created a stupendous chef d'oeuvre. From
the very moment the show began with the beautiful
melody of « L'âme des Poetes » we were swept into
the atmospheric world of les Zazous -
the swingers - Charles
Trenet - friendship - rebellion - love - loyalty
What a treasure to watch
Véronique Fourcaud as the hilarious Chieftain
Brindille in song and dance! What a unique
pleasure to see Gérard Chambre as the
swinging abbot, wearing workman boots and
outrageously colored striped socks with his long
black robe, singing and dancing up and down the
stairs of the set! The beautiful Estelle Boin
and Virginie Colette Simson, wearing
fantastical sunglasses as the young Zazous,
gave us a supreme performance – followed by the
handsome Mika Apamian and Pierre Babolat, looking gorgeous in their Zazous outfits,
and the endless enjoyment of seeing the adorable
Fabrice Coccitto! The duet between Estelle
was a superlative treat, both vocally and visually.
period costumes were fanciful and fun – platform
shoes and bobby-socks with floral dresses for the
girls, and baggy bright jackets over gaudy shirts
for the men. The obligatory umbrellas in startling
pink must also be mentioned, though unfortunately
the Mistral wind chose that premiere evening
to blow in and break them!
My sincerest compliments and congratulations to the
whole team on their dazzling performance. One
cannot help but believe that
Charles Trenet, whose
100th birthday we are going to celebrate next year,
was looking down upon the stage in the courtyard of
the Château of Lacoste - enthusiastic,
enthralled, and singing to the angels
you dear Gérard, Estelle, Véronique, Virginie, Mika,
Fabrice, Pierre, Thierry and the staff of CHARLES
TRENET spectacular musical.
May your production have the immense success it deserves.