Chapeau the musical – when costumes tell the story!
With the debut of chapeau, the musical, mts presents an exhibition of the most important costume designers of the 20 th century.
Another new musical by Professional Academy MTS – Musical! The School, that, during the usual end of the year appointment, will present the original and brand new musical entitled “Chapeau”,
that will open at Teatro Nazionale CheBanca in Milan on 9 June, 2017. CHAPEAU is an incredible musical comedy telling the story of the bizarre but very special friendship between two guys: David, a young Milanese tailor and Sandro, a rascal in search of easy money. Their lives intertwine on a Milan-Paris train in the cold winter of 1925. The sparkling e frivolous world of vaudeville meets the gangster story, comedy and melodrama, in a whirlwind of emotions involving love affairs, purloined money and stolen diamonds. A yesterday story told today and inspired by the lives of some of the most important costume designers of the first half of the 20 th century. For the first time, the world of theater is seen through the eyes of those who create and draw the costumes, recreating the imagery, shapes and feel of vaudeville, leading spectators through almost fifteen years of history, until 1939 New York.
- Production MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL and NonSoloTeatro
- By Tobia Rossi and Simone Nardini
- Music and lyrics by Antonio Torella
- Directed by Marco S. Bellocchio
- Choreography by Valentina Bordi
- Musical direction by Eleonora Mosca
- Associate director Pasquale Girone Malafronte
- Art direction and costumes by Simone Nardini
June 9 th , Friday, you can’t miss the end of the year appointment with professional academy MTS – Musical! The School, that is presenting a brand new musical comedy: Chapeau. It is an adventurous musical comedy that tells the story of a bizarre friendship between two boys beginning in 1925 and that intertwines different kinds of contexts alternating various emotions: from variety to gangster story to comedy to melodrama. Even if the story of Chapeau is both fictionalized and dramatized, it is inspired by the biographies of some of the most important costume designers who lived in the first half of the 20 th century, a time when Europe was going through relevant social, economic and political change. Paris became particularly the vital center of fashion and production, a landmark but also the destination of many aspiring stylists and costume designers from all over the world. For this reason, MTS – Musical! The School is dedicating Chapeau to the big names and fashion craftsmen who made great that era through the production of unique costumes. From June 6 th to 9 th , the Al Nazionale café, “naturally” in the hall of the Teatro Nazionale CheBanca! will host an exclusive and free exhibition dedicated to the theatrical costumes. Italian excellence in tailoring theatrical costumes will be here represented by Sartoria Teatrale Brancato (Brancato’s Theatrical Tailoring) of Milan, internationally acknowledged for its style and quality. One of its prestigious masterpieces will be shown at the exhibition. Sartoria Brancato was born in Milan in 1961 and is acknowledged in Italy and the world for its care in making theatrical costumes, the heed for details and for its crafts quality. From prose work to opera, from ballet to musical comedy, Brancato worked in countless theatres and with countless costume designers, always adhering to the artistic project and the many nuances of theatre work. Almost two years after the passing of its founder Eufemia Borraccia Brancato, the studio keeps alive the memory, the love and the gratitude of this unforgettable protagonist of Italian theatrical tailoring. Three prestigious volumes released with passion and accuracy by Angelo Luerti will also be displayed, “Non solo Erté – Costume Design for the Paris Music Hall 1918-1940”, “Alberto Fabio Lorenzi – Eleganze e sex appeal della donna Déco nella Parigi degli anni folli” and “Charles Gesmar 1900-1928, L’affichiste attitré de Mistinguett”. The books not only retrace the history of Parisian music-hall of those magic early decades of the 20 th century, but they highlight the pivotal contribution of those great costume designers to the unrepeatable success of those shows, all accompanied by hundreds of photos, costume sketches and posters. And it’s not over. This exhibition is part of bigger cultural project within the city of Milan, aiming beyond theatre. MTS’ management sealed a collaboration with the Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, so that visitors presenting the ticket to the Chapeau musical at the Museum’s reception Saturday 10 th and Sunday 11 th , will pay a reduced price on the ticket for the Museum.