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C'est la Vie

C'est la Vie (formerly La Vie Ennui)

Book, music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

Product Code: CF5000

  • Musical
  • Cast size: 2w. (one pianist.)

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

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* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

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Dominique and Fatiguée are a pair of down-at-the-highheels chanteuses working at Chez Leplée, a dingy, dead-end cabaret in 1950 Paris. Henri Leplée, the miserly nightclub owner, insists his two songbirds croon only the songs of their archrival, the famous Edith Piaf, night after night. Bored with this routine, copycat existence, Dominique and Fatiguée, along with their faithful (nonspeaking) pianist Jean-Paul-Pierre, scheme to have their boss "conveniently detained" by the police so that they can finally perform their own material—if only for one night. The result is a charming musical sorbet about life, love and annoying accordion players. The 13 songs range from the hilarious "The Accordionist Song" (about a woman murdering her next-door neighbor accordion student) and "New Jersey" (a love song to the romantic faraway Garden State) to the infectious "It's a Crazy World, N'est-ce Pas?" and "You've Got to Be a Waif" to the poignant "Living in the Cinema" and "The Boys of Days Gone By," as well as the lilting title song. Perfect for high school, college and adult speakers of French! Nonspeakers will love it too, since no knowledge of French is presumed.


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Formerly titled: La Vie Ennui.

Although it is not on the current cast recording, the song "C'est la Vie" which replaces the original title song is available.

A script revision is available in the Downloads section.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code CF5000
  • Cast Size 2
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min


  • ISBN(13) 9781583422397
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"A great vehicle for two comic actresses. Clever lyrics, fun music and a satisfying story√Ďa great girlfriend show."
Review by Merritt Olsen, San Juan Community Theatre, Friday Harbor, Wash.

Media Reviews

"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 send-up 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



A Couple of Belles Coquettesmp3Download
It's a Crazy World, N'est-ce Pas?mp3Download
Say Je T'aimemp3Download
You've Got to Be a Waifmp3Download
Living in the Cinemamp3Download


File Description File Format
Script RevisionpdfDownload
Performance PosterpdfDownload

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