Souvenirs of Paris, 1950sample playlist
The most widely-performed of Claudia’s cabaret theatre programs for schools, Souvenirs of Paris, 1950 introduces Marcelle, a Parisian café owner who recounts through song and spoken word the events of her life in France before and after World War II. The musical revue features songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Juliette Gréco and Yves Montand and songs celebrating the Paree of American composers Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Vernon Duke.
The show can be performed as a 40-minute program or expanded to its complete 75 minute version. For community performance, it can be performed in two-acts with intermission. Certain songs are core to the story and others can be replaced from a list of optional songs. Our Study Guide is a great tool to prepare before the show and reflect after the show. The Table of Contents is here.
Here’s one example of a “long show” of about 70 minutes
The high school theatre becomes a Parisian cabaret.