Barbarella: the 80's Musical

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Barbarella: the 80's Musical
SettingAthens
PremiereNovember 7, 2015 (2015-11-07)
Productions2015–16 Pireos 131 Theater

Barbarella: the 80's Musical (also known as just Barbarella or 80's, the Μusical) is a 2015 comedy musical with an original script written by Giorgos Valaris and Stelios Papadopoulos and music based on hits of the 1980s (international and Greek).[1]

The musical evolves around the romantic story and the obstacles of a young couple and their friends and also gives through a comedic way the traditions and way of living of that time.[1]

Background[edit]

The musical was first announced when Eleni Foureira revealed to be part of it through her interview in Hello.[2][3] Rehearsals for the musical started during the second week of September and the premiere was rumored to be around the end of October.[2] The rest of the main cast members were revealed five days later, on 15 September 2015.[4] The same day, cast member Ivi Adamou posted a photo on Instagram with other cast members and the director.[5][6]

The first poster of the musical was revealed on 9 October 2015.[7] The musical's premiere was announced to be on 28 October 2015,[8] but was later changed to 7 November 2015.[9] Photos from the musical's rehearsal were published on 13 October 2015.[10] Following its premiere, the musical received generally favorable reviews.[11][12] A teaser was also released a week after the musical's premiere.[13] The musical concluded on 27 March 2016 after a total of 80 shows.[14]

Plot[edit]

Sofia (Eleni Foureira) is studying in the University of Athens but her dream is to become a singer. Sofia is in love with "lover-boy" Alexis (Giannis Hadjigeorgiou), a famous radio pirate who runs the "Radio Teenagers" radio piracy station with his friends Chris (Emilios Raftis) and Makis (Charis Chiotis). Against this relationship is Sofia's older brother, Kiriakos (Stamatis Gardelis) who since their father's death has been trying to protect her and doesn't want her to be with Alexis but instead wishes her to marry with whoever he wants. Mary (Ioanna Pilihou) who is Sofia's best friend, falls in love with Kiriakos. Evi (Ivi Adamou) also Sofia's friend, is a Greek-American teenager who is later in relationship with Makis, known as the "sex machine".

All the characters, under the guidance and the decisive role of Evi's mother, Jenny (Katy Garbi), a big singer and diva of the time, who gives in Chris' attempts to get her, live along their own love adventures and try to help Sofia with getting over the prohibitions and the problems that occur and finally manage to get the couple together. After a lot of twists and dramatic obstacles, but mainly through a lot of music and dance with background the disco Barbarella and DJ Jendai (Giorgos Valaris), they are finally redeemed with a spectacular grand finale party.

Credits[edit]

Credits from the original 2015–16 Pireos 131 Theater production.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Script by Giorgos Valaris and Stelios Papadopoulos
  • Director and music editor: Giorgos Valaris
  • Accompanist: Alchimistes
  • Stage: Blonde
  • Costumes: Alexandra Katsaeti
  • Choreography: Anna Athanasiadi
  • Lighting: Alekos Anastasiou
  • Photographer: Giorgos Kavallerakis
  • Director's assistant: Vasilis Koulakiotis

Performers[edit]

  • Eleni Foureira as Sofia: a student with an ambition to become a singer
  • Katy Garbi as Jenny Pappa: a big singer and diva who is Evi's mother
  • Giannis Hadjigeorgiou as Alexis: a famous radio pirate who is in love with Sofia
  • Ioanna Pilihou as Mary: Sofia's best friend
  • Ivi Adamou as Evi Pappa: a Greek-American teenager
  • Stamatis Gardelis as Kiriakos: Sofia's older brother and member of a band
  • Charis Chiotis as Makis: Alexis' friend who falls in love with Evi
  • Emilios Raftis as Chris: Alexis' friend who falls in love with Jenny
  • Giorgos Valaris as DJ Jendai

Musicians[edit]

  • Vasilis Pagonis (guitar, vocals)
  • Vaios Christodoulou (keyboard)
  • Vasilis Dimoudis (vocals, electronic bouzouki)
  • Kostas Lathouras (drums)
  • Thanos Zouras (bass)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Barbarella The 80's musical". Zougla. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Η Ελένη Φουρέιρα μετράει αντίστροφα για το θεατρικό της ντεμπούτο!" [Eleni Foureira counts down to her theatrical debut]. Very Sorry (in Greek). 10 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ "H Ελένη Φουρέιρα θα παίξει σε μιούζικαλ!" [Eleni Foureira will play in a musical]. MAD (in Greek). 9 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Αυτό κι αν είναι έκπληξη! Η Καίτη Γαρμπή ανεβαίνει στο θεατρικό σανίδι! – (φωτο)". Very Sorry (in Greek). 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ Mitsopolos, Odisseas (14 September 2015). "Καίτη Γαρμπή: Σε ποιο μιούζικαλ θα πρωταγωνιστήσει;" [Katy Garbi: In which musical will she star?]. Real.gr. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Καίτη Γαρμπή – Ελένη Φουρέιρα – Ήβη Αδάμου: Σε ποιο μιούζικαλ θα πρωταγωνιστήσουν;" [Katy Garbi - Eleni Foureira - Ivi Adamou: In which musical will they star?]. Get Greek Music (in Greek). 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Γαρμπή – Φουρέιρα – Αδάμου: Δείτε την ανατρεπτική 80's αφίσα του μιούζικαλ στο οποίο θα πρωταγωνιστήσουν" [Garbi - Foureira - Adamou: Look at the subversive 80's poster of the musical that they will star]. Get Greek Music (in Greek). 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Καίτη Γαρμπή: Αποκαλύπτει τις λεπτομέρειες για το μιούζικαλ στο οποίο θα πρωταγωνιστήσει" [Katy Garbi: Reveals details of the musical which she will star in]. Get Greek Music (in Greek). 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Πρεμιέρα το Σάββατο για το "80΄s the musical": Δείτε ΝΕΕΣ ΦΩΤΟ" [Premiere on Saturday for "80's the musical": Check out the NEW PHOTOS]. Star (in Greek). 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Ελένη Φουρέιρα: Αγνώριστη για τον πρώτο της ρόλο σε musical!". TLife (in Greek). 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  11. ^ "80's The Musical: Γαρμπή, Φουρέιρα & Αδάμου στα καλύτερα τους (φωτογραφίες)" [80's The Musical: Garbi, Foureira & Adamou at their best (photographs)]. Get Greek Music (in Greek). 10 November 2015.
  12. ^ ""80's The Musical": Είσαι έτοιμος να κάψεις τη βατα;". Cosmopoliti (in Greek). 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Trailer: "80's" the musical". 18 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Post by IVI ADAMOU - OFFICIAL PAGE". 27 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.