Poilus, zazous, yéyés, hippies, stars of the 80s… All these beautiful people rub shoulders in “One hundred years of music-hall”, a musical show by Gilles Ramade at the Grenier Théâtre, in Toulouse.
“This show sticks with me. I have been revisiting it for over 25 years! » exclaims Gilles Ramade from Toulouse, unclassifiable stage adventurer, actor, director, author of around thirty plays, lyrical singer, composer of around twenty musicals and operas for youth, classical musician, jazz pianist, founder of the Pibrac musical theater since 1978, director of the Figaro & Co company…
“I have created around a hundred shows, at the rate of three a year on average”, continues Gilles Ramade. “The first version of One Hundred Years of Music Hall dates from 1997. It is a historical and musical fresco that tells the story of our country from 1900 to the present day. We go through the years in a hundred songs. The show follows the chronological course of history. Between each painting, small films, advertisements, extracts from reports and television news help us to restore the social conditions, the dramatic or joyful events, the fashions, the vocabulary, the gestures, the atmosphere of each era.
This show is both funny and moving, quite political. It appeals to memory and knowledge but is not meant to be didactic”. Today what remains of the music hall? Does this type of show still have a place in the 21st century?
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“In addition to revered arts such as opera, tragedy or classical theatre, the music hall has given birth to musical comedy and the one-man show”, replies Gilles Ramade. “For me, it’s not that the reviews of people like Jamel Debbouze or Florence Foresti are heirs to this art born in cabarets like the Moulin Rouge, based on derision and humor”. On the set, with the help of numerous props and costumes, Anna and Mathilde Ramade, the director’s two daughters, Anthony Carter, Johann Nicol, Fabrice Chikaoui and Olivier Denizet (alternating), transform themselves on sight to resuscitate a petomane of the beautiful era, a dancer and her belt of bananas, an accordionist president, students with long hair, and many other characters who marked our “sweet France”. Gilles Ramade is not on stage, busy writing his new one-man show Maestro Furioso, (after Piano Furioso, co-written with humorist Jérémy Ferrari), in which he plays on nine keyboards.