Starmania is a French / Québécois musical written in 1976 with music by Michel Berger and lyrics by Luc Plamondon.
Some of its songs have passed into mainstream Francophone pop culture.
In 1978, its first recording was released (in French), sub-titled Starmania, ou la passion de Johnny Rockfort selon les évangiles télévisés ("Starmania, or the Passion of Johnny Rockfort According to the Televised Gospels") with the leading roles filled by Daniel Balavoine, Claude Dubois, Diane Dufresne, Nanette Workman, France Gall, Eric Esteve and Fabienne Thibeault.
In 1979 the show was given its theatrical debut in Paris, starring Balavoine, Étienne Chicot, Dufresne, Gall, and Thibeault, with popular revivals following in 1989 and throughout the 1990s.
In 1992, an English version of the show was created with the release of the album Tycoon, with lyrics by Tim Rice, and starring Céline Dion, Nina Hagen, Cyndi Lauper, Willy Deville, and Tom Jones in the principal roles on the recording. However, the English version of the show has never been staged in an English-speaking country. It has been staged in Paris alternatively with the French version for a few months.
For the 25th anniversary of Starmania, in November 2004, a concert version was produced in Montreal. In January 2005, the same version was produced in Paris (with a French orchestra and chorus, but with a Québécois conductor and soloists).
Brief plot outline
The story of Starmania is difficult to summarise due not only to the range of themes introduced throughout the show, but also due to the changes that were made between successive productions. Set in the near future, where the Western world has become a single country, Starmania recounts three love stories set in parallel, touching also on themes of terrorism, totalitarianism, and an individual's right to decide his own destiny.
Albums (all in French unless stated)