Chevalier–Maurice & Me Premiers at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre

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The life and music of France's Goodwill Ambassador to the World, Maurice Chevalier. Starring Tony Sandler and featuring Flemish accordianist, Ludo Marien.

The world premier of the stage production “Chevalier–Maurice and Me” starring Tony Sandler, will open at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College Tuesday, April 25, and run through Sunday, May 1. This is the first time a theatre production combining the life story and music of Maurice Chevalier has been presented on the stage.

The legendary life of “France’s Goodwill Ambassador to the World,” is a classic rags to riches story of a young street urchin, born in 1888, who’s Belgian and French upbringing led him into the world of French music halls and, eventually, Hollywood.    Maurice Chevalier won the hearts of an entire generation through his love of singing and dancing through both World Wars and well into the 1960’s when he was in his 80’s. Chevalier is best known in the US for his roles in the Academy Award winning film, “Gigi” (“Thank Heaven for Little Girls”) and scores of other films in the US and Europe (“Can Can,” “Love in the Afternoon,” “Count Your Blessings,”) His hits, “Louise,” “Mimi” and “You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me” were beloved by millions of people.

In addition to the music of Chevalier, the production also addresses the traumatic war years in which Chevalier was a prisoner of war as well as a controversial instrument of the Nazi government. Adored by fans worldwide, Maurice Chevalier’s guiding principal throughout his life was to perform and for his music and joie de vivre to continue to inspire. A quintessential Frenchman, Chevalier was known for is straw boater, cheeky smile and distinctive French accent.

Sandler will be accompanied by a quintet including the Flemish accordianist, Ludo Marien, Belgium’s leading accordian player who has worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Argentinian Mauricio Kagel and Viennese opera singer, Karin Pragmar. Marien’s authentic sound of the French accordian is the perfect accompaniment to the music of Maurice Chevalier from french music halls favorites to the popular stage and screen classics, “Mimi,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “Louise,” and “April in Paris.” Marien has appeared in concert in the Netherlands, France, England, Andorra, Germany, Poland, Italy, Australia, Russia, Spain, Norway, South Korea and Greece and is considered the leading accordianist in Europe. This appearance will be his debut in the U. S.

Tony Sandler’s celebrated entertainment career spans more than 40 years including nineteen years with the world-famous singing duo, “Sandler & Young” in which he partnered with Ralph Young. One of the hottest acts in show business, Sandler & Young (1964-1983) appeared on countless tv shows inlcuding the Ed Sullivan Show, the Tonight Show, Milton Berle, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Red Skelton, Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. The duo toured the world in such venues as the Dunes Hotel, Caesar’s Palace, the Sahara and Flamingo in Las Vegas, the Persian Room at New York’s Plaza Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and the Showboat in Atlantic City and were particular favorites at Caesar’s Monticello in Framingham, Massachusetts, near Boston. With platinum and gold records on Capitol, four European films, hundreds of tv shows (including host of Kraft Music Hall), and a place of esteem on the Palm Springs “Walk of Stars,” Tony Sandler is legendary to millions of fans worldwide.

Sandler, a native of Belgium, debuted at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas in the hit revue, “Casino de Paris” in 1963 where Chevalier himself came to see the performance and met Tony Sandler. Sandler’s sophisticated and intelligent interpretation of Chevalier was first seen during his performances with “Lido La Tournee Champs Elysees,” an elegant, multi-million dollar French review, on its New Millennium Tour through the US. In “Chevalier–Maurice & Me,” audiences are mesmerized by Sandler’s charismatic performance, just as they were by the legendary Maurice Chevalier.

Tickets to “Chevalier–Maurice & Me” are $25-65 and are available by calling telecharge at 1-800-233-3123 or online at http://www.telecharge.com.

    Showtimes and ticket prices are:

    Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm (special preview price $35)

    Wednesday, April 27, 2 pm & 7 pm

    Thursday, April 28, 7:30 pm

    Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm

    Saturday, April 30, 3 pm & 7:30 pm

    Sunday, May 1, 3 pm.

The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College is located in the heart of Boston’s theater district at 219 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116. For group rates and information, call 617-824-8000 or see http://www.maj.org.

For more information on “Chevalier–Maurice & Me” contact Dawn Singh at 857-544-0739 or dawn@dawnsinghpublicity.com or see http://www.dawn singhpublicity.com.

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