Musicals are well-known for being one of the most beautiful forms of performance, no matter if we are speaking of the stage musicals or the movies. They started being popular ever since the 19th century when most of the musicians would promote themselves by performing in musicals. They are still very popular all around the world thanks to the cheerfulness that they transmit and thanks to the amazing artists. France is known for being one of the main art promoters in the world, so it is natural to have some of the best musicals ever. While being here it is a very good idea to see one of them to better understand the culture behind these amazing shows. But choosing the right one can be tricky thanks to the diversity. We have selected some of the best French musicals of all times in order to help you better understand this art form.
It is perhaps the most representative dance style for France. Everybody has seen or heard about this style. The root of this dance is in the late 19th century but unfortunately it was long forgotten until this amazing musical came up and reinvented the whole thing. The musical first came out in the 50’s and it was a huge success. The love story behind it is very inspiring and it will help you better understand the French passion and love life. It is also a story about success and rebirth, especially if we look at the main female character. Now, the story of Moulin Rouge will make much more sense after you see this musical. It is one of the masterpieces of the French art and a musical worth seeing.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
This is another masterpiece that tells a very sad love story. The young and loving couple is separated by the war in Algeria and the young pregnant female character is forced to have the baby alone. She then marries a very rich man that takes her child too. The male character is broken-hearted when comes back home but eventually he marries and lives a happy life too. This is a very good example of French romance and how the love can be shared no matter the circumstances. The story may be sad at first, but you will leave this musical with a smile on your face.
The Young Girls of Rochefort
Known as a musical masterpiece that first came out last century. The family story of two sisters and their mother is the ultimate tribute to the big American musicals that were gaining huge popularity in France at that time. The story has everything from music to romance and the struggles of life. The main characters are shown at their best and worst and this musical is considered some of the most realistic stories about the life in France at that time. It is still considered one of the masterpieces when it comes to French musicals.