New Johnny Hallyday stage show to open late 2019

A new stage show including 25 of Johnny Hallyday's best-loved hits will come to Paris at the end of 2019

A new stage show in honour of the late French singer and entertainer Johnny Hallyday will open in Paris by the end of 2019, it has been confirmed.

There will be 36 performances of the show initially, all at the Casino de Paris music hall in the 9th arrondissement.

Tickets will be on sale from November 6 next year, with performances beginning from December 18.

The show itself will include 30 artists - including nine musicians and five singers - aged 17 to 55. They will sing 25 of the star’s best-loved titles, documenting the different stages of his career.

In a statement, producers said: “This will not be a ‘lookalike’ contest under any circumstances. The singers will be chosen for their vocal quality and talent.”

Johnny Hallyday, who died in December 2017 aged 74, was one of France’s most-loved performers, selling over 110 million records in his lifetime.

His funeral, an “hommage populaire” in honour of his high-profile status, was attended by over 800,000 fans who lined the streets of Paris.

It included a procession through the capital, as well as a parade of 600 Harley Davidson motorbikes in recognition of the star’s love of the vehicle and his biker-style image.

The star was then buried in Saint-Barthélémy, his former home in the Caribbean.

While his family has been embroiled in controversy since his death, a posthumous album - named Mon Pays C’est L’Amour - has been critically well-received since it was launched by the singer’s last wife, Laeticia Hallyday on October 19.

It sold over 300,000 copies within 24 hours of release, not including digital downloads.

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