Souvenirs of Paris, 1950—sample playlist

The most widely-performed of Claudia’s cabaret theatre programs for schools, Souvenirs of Paris, 1950 introduces Marcelle, a Parisian café owner who recounts through song and spoken word the events of her life in France before and after World War II. The musical revue features songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Juliette Gréco and Yves Montand and songs celebrating the Paree of American composers Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Vernon Duke.

The show can be performed as a 40-minute program or expanded to its complete 75 minute version. For community performance, it can be performed in two-acts with intermission. Certain songs are core to the story and others can be replaced from a list of optional songs. Our Study Guide is a great tool to prepare before the show and reflect after the show. The Table of Contents is here.

Here’s one example of a “long show” of about 70 minutes

That’s what makes Paris Paree
Sammy Cahn & Vernon Duke
Les Champs Elysées
Mike Deighan, Mike Wilsh, Pierre Delanoe
La vie en rose
Edith Piaf & Mack David
Le gamin de Paris
Mick Micheyl & André Mares
Grands boulevards
Jacques Plante & Norbert Glanzberg
Jacques Prévert & Joseph Kosma
Paris Blues
Duke Ellington
Cabdriver’s Nightmare
(Le cauchemar du chauffeur de taxi)
Jacques Prévert & Joseph Kosma
Poor People of Paris
Jack Lawrence & Marguerite Monnot
Another Song about Paris
David Frishberg
Georges Moustaki & Marguerite Monnot
Les berceaux
Gabriel Fauré & Sully Prudhomme
Aux îles Hawaii
Pascal & Jean Bastia
Michel Emer
Les feuilles mortes/Autumn Leaves
Jacques Prévert & Jos. Kosma; Johnny Mercer
You don’t know Paree
Cole Porter
Non, je ne regrette rien
Michel Vaucaire & Chas. Dumont
C’est si bon - as an encore!
Henri Betti & André Hornez

The high school theatre becomes a Parisian cabaret.