Tenth anniversary of the artistic direction of Massimo Romeo Piparo – We continue with “My Fair Lady”, “Matilda”, Massimo Ranieri, “Piccolo Principe”, “Natale in casa Cupiello”, “Bollicine” and “Rugantino”
“A season with praise”: that’s what he promises The Sistineon the tenth anniversary of the artistic direction of the Italian temple of musical comedy entrusted to Massimo Romeo Piparowhich began in 2013. We start again with ‘Cats’a title also proposed in last year’s programme, with Malika Ayane among the protagonists.
“It seemed impossible just ten years ago, yet the Sistina has once again become the point of reference for hundreds of thousands of spectators as in the last years of the 1900s – he underlines with satisfaction Piparo – Great teamwork, respect for the public and quality are the ingredients of this unbeatable recipe which has seen us with great pride reach the finish line of the most popular private theater in Rome and the one with the highest grossing of musicals alone”. season, which will open on October 5th, “is presented in all its splendor, showing off brand new features, highly anticipated returns by popular demand, beloved showpieces and anthology titles”, states the artistic director.
Sistina completely renovated and with a cutting-edge air conditioning system, the result of an important technological intervention. “But we will welcome our spectators with shows within the reach of Italians, the same prices as always, all absolutely consistent with the proposals offered, with particular attention to families who need to be able to bring their children to the Sistine without suffering a burden of unjustified price increases as is happening almost everywhere. Our greatest success is hearing our viewers say ‘money well spent!’ because the true architect of the Sistina’s success is its audience.”
‘Cats’ is the musical, based on the work of Thomas Stearns Eliot ‘The book of all-round cats’, which will raise the curtain on the new season of the Sistina, starring the colony of ‘humanised’ cats who sing and dance on the ruins of Rome, in a magical atmosphere marked by fantasy, drama, romance and the music of sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. After the success of last season with record numbers – over 60,000 spectators in 37 performances and repeated sold outs – the musical directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo under exclusive license from The Really Useful Group of London will still be on stage with Malika Ayaneprotagonist in the role of Grizabella, together with a cast of over thirty artists, the orchestra directed by Emanuele Friello and the choreography by Billy Mitchell, choreographer of London’s West End.
For the first time in the world, Piparo’s ‘Cats’ has obtained authorization from the author to be set in Romein a hypothetical and futuristic landfill of works of art and archaeological finds, with the Colosseum on background. Even in the Italian version of the show – which a Broadway set the world record for consecutive performances until 2006, still remaining today among the top four most performed musicals in theatrical history – the audience will see the artists move on stage like felines, all subjected to special and very long make-up sessions, for a realistic metamorphosis in a triumph of meows, black noses, whiskers, long tails and plush paws.
The Sistina season will then continue in November with ‘My Fair Lady’ as the protagonist Serena Autieri; in December with ‘Matilda’ with a Luca Ward ‘en travesti’; in January with Massimo Ranieri in ‘All Dreams Still Flying’; in February with the return of the ‘Little Prince’ from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s fairy tale and with ‘Christmas in the Cupiello house’ by Eduardo De Filippo interpreted by Vincenzo Salemme; in April with the ‘Bubbles’ of Max Giusti; to close from May 3rd with the ‘Rugantino’, now a classic of the Sistina, which takes up the historic original direction of Pietro Garineifor a cast that will count on Michele La GinestraSerena Autieri, Edy Angelillo and Massimo Wertmuller and on the music of Armando Trovajoliincluding the timeless ‘Roma don’t be stupid tonight’.
(Of Enzo Bonaiuto)