Bringing Broadway’s edgiest blockbuster to Paris: Alexis Michalik stages ‘The Producers’
06 January 2022 | 10:31 am
When he's not busy writing, directing and acting, he's the wonderkid of the Parisian theatre scene. Alexis Michalik dazzled critics with his plays "Le Porteur d’Histoire" in 2013 and "Edmond" in 2016 – the word-of-mouth hit that revisits the life of the creator of "Cyrano de Bergerac" and won some of France's most prestigious awards.
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