200 Motels - The Suites


rock opera

Transposition for the stage of 200 Motels, a hallucinatory film by Frank Zappa recording the life of a rock band on tour, 200 Motels - The Suites is an impressive musical/theatrical fresco, premiered in France.

At the beginning of the 70’s, inspired by the real life experiences of his band, The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa directed – in tandem with Tony Palmer – 200 Motels, a loony “documentary”. With a tumultuous score, oscillating between psychedelic rushes and symphonic flights, this jewel of surreal cinema is reborn on stage with the title 200 Motels – The Suites. This original French version brings together actors, singers, a rock band (The Headshakers), the Percussions de Strasbourg, the choral ensemble Les Métaboles and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Léo Warynski is the music director and Antoine Gindt the stage director. A totally over-the-top project, well matched to Zappa’s outrageousness.

Coproduction : T&M, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Théâtre de Nîmes, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Les Métaboles, Philharmonie de Strasbourg, Philharmonie de Paris.

200 Motels - The Suites

Frank Zappa

Les Métaboles (20 singers)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Les Percussions de Strasbourg
The Headshakers

Lionel Peintre, narrator, Cowboy Burt
Dominic Gould, Frank, Larry the Dward, Jeff
Zachary Wilder, Mark
Nicholas Scott, Howard
Mélanie Boisvert, the Soprano solo
Nicholas Isherwood, Rance, Ginger
Aliénor Feix, Lucy, Dononvan
Marina Ruiz, Janet, la journaliste

Antoine Gindt, stage direction
Léo Warynski, musical direction


In the press...

A beautiful vocal and scenic commitment

Concertclassic.com - Jean-Guillaume Lebrun
 - 200 Motels de Zappa

Impeccable vocal performance

Olyrix - Cécile Côte
 - 200 Motels de Zappa

The singers are exemplary

Libération - Guillaume Tion
 - 200 Motels de Zappa

Leo Warynski conducted his (large) world with flexibility

DNA - Hervé Lévy
 - 200 Motels de Zappa

This new version of 200 motels is a great success

Muzik.fr - Frédéric Goaty
 - 200 Motels de Zappa