” Putting on Juliette’s costume, 20 years later, finding yourself on the balcony… It was very moving “. A long time has passed since the media euphoria surrounding the musical “Romeo and Juliet, from hate to love”, created by Gérard Presgurvic in 2001. At the time of the premiere, Cécilia Cara was only 15 years old. ” When I was very young in Cannes, I sang and I danced a lot. I was doing live performances with my band. And one day, a gentleman comes to see my parents. I was 14 years old, and he talks about a show for young talents called “Graines de star”. He asks: “Would your daughter be interested in participating in the show?”. Of course I said yes. Following my time on the show, I was called for the casting of “Romeo and Juliet”. I arrived at the last casting in France. Apparently they had seen over 250 girls who auditioned for the role of Juliet! I arrived just in time “recalls the singer in a new Side A format for Purechartsfor which she finds her lifelong sidekick, Damien Sargue.
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“It’s as if we left each other yesterday”
For a few months, the unforgettable interpreters of Romeo and Juliet have sealed their reunion on stage, for a tour in Asia. ” We hadn’t done it again for 20 years but it was like we parted yesterday smiles Damien Sargue, who has matched right away » with his partner during their meeting at studio 101, in Saint-Denis, in July 1999. The beginning of a long and grueling promotional marathon for the future stars of the show… « It’s true that we did a lot of promotion, a lot of magazines, a lot of TV shows. We released the singles before the album. Which took us a lot, a lot of time beforehand. Then we rehearsed for the show about two months before the Palais des Congrès, to create the show. It was intense. It was from 10 a.m. to midnight, every day ”recalls the singer, who readily admits it: he did not believe at all that “The kings of the world” would become such a hit!
“I was holding his hair while he threw up!”
Even if they were in the prime of life, this frantic pace of work caused annoying inconvenience to Cécilia Cara and Damien Sargue. On the evening of the general press, THE important evening with all the peoples », the two heroes of the show suddenly fell ill ! ” We had a fever of 40. We must have had the flu, I don’t know… Bad luck, both sick as dogs “. The solution found in extremis? ” They shot us. A little sting in the buttocks and presto, we were able to go on stage. We were hot ! “. Another hassle? The filming of the music video for the show’s flagship song “To like”. Cécilia Cara and Damien Sargue are “ hung for hours from the ceiling “, to the point that the singer was seized with nausea… for a scene which was not even included in the final assembly! ” Holding his hair while he vomited really brought us closer laughs his sidekick.
Faced with the phenomenal success of the musical, Cécilia Cara will take on the role of Juliette 297 times before reaching her 17th birthday. ” It’s teamwork, even with the dancers. We live in isolation with 80 people, in a good atmosphere. We are carried by the general energy of this show “confirm the two artists, who recently made the accounts with the production:” “Romeo and Juliet” has been seen by more than 10 million viewers. And it’s still played in many other countries, with other troops “. And Cécilia Cara and Damien Sargue assure it with one voice: ” It’s a nice label to wear “. While “The Ten Commandments” will return in 2024when will there be a revival in France?