I haven’t written here for a long time so I think it is time to post something new.
I have been planning for a long long time to see the Italian version of the musical, Roméo et Juliette or as it is called in Italian: Romeo e Giulietta – Ama e Cambia il Mondo. This day has come to my life on the 29th of April in 2018, in Bologna. But let’s start at the very beginning because it’s a very good place to start.
This was not my first time in Italy but last year I really have no idea how but I fell in love with country, the food and the athmosphere so I started to study the language a few month ago, and now I can order some food and buy a few things at shops but it is quite hard for me to understand what they are saying to me. My teacher told me it is going to get better when I am using the language as much as it is possible so there is no need to worry. I hope she is right. But let’ s go back to the story!
I bought the tickets to the musical in October, booked an accommodation and I was waiting for the day of the departure. I was lucky because Bologna is about 900 kms far from my hometown so you can get there in a day by car. On the 27th of April, Friday after working at the office I jumped into the car and the journey got started. Around 10 pm arrived at the Hotel in Slovenia, next to the Italian border – yes, the driving was enough for that day after work.
On the next day I got up quite early because I was so excited and around 11 am reached Italy, three hours later I was at the hotel in Bologna.
I was told Bologna is one of the dirtiest and ugliest cities of Italy. I think it is not true! Yes, not as beautiful as Florence but I liked it so much more than Pisa. I really liked it because of the red roofs, the cobble stoned streets and because of the young people who were sitting under the arcades and drinking their coffees or something else. The first university was established here in 1088, and there were a lot of students on the streets with books, notes and laptops and they were sitting and chattering on the Piazza Maggiore. While I was watching them, I was wondering if I could turn back time maybe I could have opportunity to study here too for one or two semesters. Yes, you are right, I am a bit jealous.
During the two and the half or maybe three days I spent there I could visit every “important” places and spectacles of the city. If you are in a hurry you can visit all these things in one day. Of course I liked very much the old building of the university and the view from the top of the Basilica.
And let’s move on, for me, the most important thing was to see my favorite musical because this was the main reason I started this journey. The accommodation was located next to the Teatro EuropAuditorium so it took me three minutes to get to the place of the show. On the previous week I bought a “Backstage ticket” too so before the show a little group of people were took to backstage and we could get some pieces of information about the coulisses and see how the crew is preparing for the show. Our guide of this forty minutes long visit was called Francesco D. who was very surprised when I switched to English and asked a few questions. He said if I know this thing will be in Italian and he has never tried to do this introspection in English but he has done his best because non of the people of the group could speak English well. The first stop of this journey was the auditorium which is quite familiar for the audience. On the stage some of the dancers and breakers were practicing some movements and warming up their muscles. I liked to watch Tiwuany Lepetitgaland, and I was wondering if he was made of something fluid because it is incredible what he is doing on stage. The following places we visited were the dressing rooms where the hairstyle and make-up were done for the actors, actresses and dancers. All of them were very kind, said hello to us some girls were singing an old Spice Girls’ song it was really funny. We were moving on, we could see the enormous sceneries, what the technical stuff can see on the stage behind the scenes, the dresses and costumes on hangers. My favorite one was that dress which is worn by Giulietta during the Balcony scene.
I think you are getting curious about the actors. Yes, I could meet them too. If I should name only one actor as my favorite I would say Giulia Luzi. She is incredibly talented and very very kind. By the help of my friend I gave her a little Giulietta doll and she liked it very much. But all the members of the cast were very friendly and nice, smiling and talking to us and of course we could take pictures together with them. 🙂
And let’s move on to the show. It was the last one for the weekend but to tell the truth this was a professional performance. The gorgeous choreography by Veronica Peparini, all the cast knew where and when they should stand. I also loved when the dancers and some of the characters were walking among the audience during the show. All the actors had great voice and all of them were working with 150% of energy level and I think this is why you could not notice this was the last gig during the weekend. At the end as you can see in my video Riccardo Maccaferri seems quite tired and his totally opposite is Luca Giacomelli Ferrarini who is like an energy bomb or something he was jumping and dancing like a maniac. I only took a video of the curtain call because almost every people were doing that but during the show I was enjoying it with my own eyes and I did not have time for taking one million bad pictures with my phone. 😉
If you are asking which one the best version is now I would say the Italian one because I am still under the influence of that great show. But of course I love all the versions even if all the guys I met at backstage told me the Italian version is the best one. 😉
To sum up the whole weekend was magnificent especially this day at the theatre. A big big thank you for Fancesco, the dancers, the staff and all the actors and actresses I met, without You this marvelous performance could be impossible. You must be very proud of your work! The show and the other things were amazing I did not want to go home. I think I am sure I will see this show again and I will see La Bella Italia very soon.
You can see the cast below:
Romeo – Davide Merlini
Giulietta – Giulia Luzi
Mercuzio – Luca Giacomelli Ferrarini
Benvolio – Riccardo Maccaferri
Tebaldo – Gianluca Merolli
Principe Esclaus – Leonardo Di Minno
Lady Capuleti – Barbara Cola
Lady Montecchi – Valentina Ferrari
Conte Capuleti – Graziano Galatone
Frate Lorenzo – Emiliano Geppetti
Le Chat – Tiwuany Lepetitgaland