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C'est la Vie (formerly La Vie Ennui) (cast recording CD)
"Full of charm and period 'oo-la-la,' La Vie Ennui is ready for the high life, capturing that ever-light, ever-sassy Parisian style." —Chicago Tribune

"There's no ennui in this perfectly packaged, memorably melodic, richly polished musical gem—a big-hearted salute to French cabaret and the chanteuses who break our hearts. The songs showcase Opelka's skill at churning out four-star tunes and wicked lyrics. One of the Eight Theatrical Wonders of 2002 Chicago theatre." —Chicago Reader

"An engaging, charming little gem. This uplifting, fun-loving, witty musical romp celebrates the French cabaret style made famous by Edith Piaf. With its terrific selection of wonderful, beautifully sung tunes, this treasure could well run for years." —Chicago Daily Southtown

"This is parody at its classiest. It's easy to imagine an entire club constructed around this show à la Tony and Tina's Wedding." —Windy City Times

"Musical theater has life in it yet. For that we can thank composers like Gregg Opelka, whose merry homage, La Vie Ennui, reflects a fondness for French chanteuse Edith Piaf and his admiration for classic cabaret." —Chicago Daily Herald

"La Vie Ennui is a clever sendup of French chanson. Opelka is a deft wordsmith, with clever and intelligent rhymes. This young man must be ranked on the 'A' list of American musical theater practitioners." —Copley News Service

"Opelka has fashioned a musical that is so right on the money it's a little frightening. This is a great, fun show that has a long life ahead of it." —Midwest Ursine
Music, lyrics and book by Gregg Opelka.


Vocalists: Tammy Mader (Dominique), Heidi Kettenring (Fatiguée)

Band: Gregg Opelka (piano/synths)

13 Songs from C'est la Vie

(1) A Couple of Belles Coquettes
(2) Sad Songs
(3) It's a Crazy World, N'est-ce Pas?
(4) Say Je T'aime (Dominique)
(5) The Accordionist Song (Fatiguée)
(6) Why Say Au Revoir?
(7) You've Got to Be a Waif
(8) Living in the Cinema
(9) Fatiguée's Song of Escape (Fatiguée)
(10) Toujours, But Not Today (Dominique)
(11) The Boys of Days Gone By (Fatiguée)
(12) The Tavern in Town
(13) C'est la Vie
C'est la Vie premiered at Theatre Building Chicago, May 19, 2002, with Karol Kent as Fatiguée, Sheila Myrcik as Dominique and Gregg Opelka as Jen-Paul-Pierre, in a production directed by Suzanne Avery Thompson.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show: 
Catalog Code:  Q60
Royalty:  $0.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $18.00
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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