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Sonya Yoncheva

Dmitri Tchneriakov Combines Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and Iolanta >>

Stage director Dmitrii Tchneriakov has a dream. He wants to produce the entire Russian stage repertoire. Since this is Paris and not the New York Met, where every other production has to be one of Wagner's Ring Cycle, he just might be able to get it done. Tchneriakov got off to a good start recently when he combined two of Pyotor Tchaikovsky's pieces, Nutcracker and Iolanta and saw them performed at the Paris Opéra at the Palais Garnier March 14th.

Musée Maillol

Musée Maillol Closes Doors Indefinitely Due to Bankruptcy >>

The Musée Maillol in Paris has abruptly closed its doors indefinitely. Though a message posted to the museum's website stated that the closure is due to renovations, the company that manages the museum filed for bankruptcy earlier in the month.

Théâtre du Châtelet

2 Important Paris Theaters Go Dark for Renovations >>

Two of the most important theaters in Paris — the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théâtre du Châtelet — will be closing for extensive renovations, darkening both houses for 1 1/2 to two years. The theaters will start the renovations at the end of the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Bruno Julliard, the mayoral deputy responsible for culture, but did not specify what was going to happen to employees of both theaters. Currently, the Châtelet employs 130 people while the Théâtre de la Ville employs 110, according to Le Figaro. Julliard announced that despite the closures, it “did not mean that programming would come to a complete stop.” The budget for the renovations falls within a 100-million-euro budget for refurbishment allocated to the two theaters and a number of museums. The two establishments offer different kinds of performances for lovers of the arts. The Châtelet is currently hosting "An American in Paris," which has opened to rave reviews and is currently playing to sold-out houses. The Châtelet focuses on program musicals and concerts while the Théâtre de la Ville is an important destination for international theater, contemporary dance and world music. Both receive large subsidies from the city of Paris: 17 million euros — about $20.5 million — a year at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which has an annual audience of around 320,000; and 10 million euros at the Théâtre de la Ville, which has about 260,000 spectators each year.

An American in Paris

Rehearsals Begin for Broadway-Bound 'An American in Paris,' Full Casting Announced >>

The 25-member cast will open the show in Paris this fall prior to a Broadway premiere in spring 2015.

An American in Paris

Broadway-Bound 'An American in Paris' to Premiere in Paris >>

A new stage musical based on the Academy Award-winning 1951 film with music by George and Ira Gershwin debuts this December prior to a spring 2015 Broadway opening.

Belated Birthday: Django Reinhardt, Heavyweight Jazz and Gypsy Swing Aficionado, Turns 104 >>

The guitar is a tricky instrument. Most play it but few master it. And those who reach master status are often known on an international scale. From Jimi Hendrix to recent birthday boy Joe Pass, the guitar speaks myriad languages, settling in various nooks and crannies of the mind.

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