New Johnny Hallyday stage show to open late 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.

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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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