The artists did not want to miss the premiere of Gaz Bar Blues at Duceppe for anything in the world

Expected event if any, the premiere of the theatrical adaptation of the film Gas Bar Blues drove the crowds to the Théâtre Duceppe on Thursday evening.

Starring Martin Drainville (who takes over the role of François Brochu, aka “the Boss”, played by Serge Thériault in the cinema), Miryam Amrouche, Claude Despins, Francis La Haye, Frédéric Lemay, Hubert Lemire, Steven Lee Potvin and Jean -François Poulin, this scenic version of Gas Bar Blues directed by Édith Patenaude and adapted by David Laurin, co-artistic director of the Théâtre Duceppe, does full justice to the feature film released just 20 years ago, in 2003. Here we are treated to a very successful stage transposition, to which has been given an important musical aspect, full of humor and emotion.

Louis Bélanger, director and screenwriter of Gas Bar Blues original, as well as part of the original cast of Gas Bar Blues on the big screen, namely Marc Beaupré, Gilles Renaud, Gaston Lepage, Yves Bélanger, Roger Léger, Vincent Bilodeau, Emmanuel Bilodeau and Fanny Mallette, as well as the composer Guy Bélanger, brother of the filmmaker, who had signed the music for it at the era, were present on Thursday to mark this significant moment. Serge Thériault who, as we know, has been avoiding public outings for several yearswas not there.

Several other personalities extremely curious to discover this reinterpretation of a jewel of our seventh art also attended the performance and posed in front of the canvas of photographers installed in the foyer of the Théâtre Duceppe. See our photos below.

The room Gas Bar Blues runs at the Duceppe Theater in Montreal until February 18, then will go on tour in Quebec. Visit the Duceppe website for more information.