Peace and Love at Woodstock-Paris Style


Author’s Note:  Woodstock was that enigmatic music festival held in August of 1969.  Over 400,000 revelers and music lovers attended that three day blast.  Peace and Music were the definition of that original open air concert. 

We in Paris have been treated to another “Woodstock”.    The audience liked the play  This play is in Paris until January 8…..Jane  

When Mark W. Suits, our Veterans Today photographer and I arrived at the musical “Welcome to Woostock” at the Comedia theatre in Paris  we were were welcomed by ladies wearing long white dresses and floral headbands.


In May 1968 some 20 year-olds, living together, decided to go to Woodstock to hear the songs of famous singers of pop rock and experience the hippy culture. We were taken on a musical journey to  Woodstock and enjoyed the songs of the era. Some of the audience remembered  the songs of the 70s and watched intently as they heard songs from the Who, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix and others from the USA counter culture.

The actors and actresses sung many favorite songs from the late 60s and 70s including “Hey Joe”, “On the Road Again”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Aquarius”  and “Rivers of Babylon”.

“ Welcome to Woodstock:” written by Jean-Marc Ghanassia and directed by Laurrent Serrano< depicts drugs, sex and nudity that took place at the  Woodstock music festival. A  Black singer related well with the visitors from Paris and played the guitar.

A background screen showed actual footage from Woodstock and the horrible conditions of the crowds including rains, mud, apparent drug overdoes, etc. We saw acts  of love and peace, drugs and sex. The visual effects were great as were the featured beams of light shining on the floor at times.

The play became interactive after the intermission with the audience singing some songs and stomping their feet  The  audience gave  a standing ovation at the end of the musical.

Both those who remembered the era and the younger people enjoyed the show.

“Welcome to Woodstock” is playing at the Comedia Theatre in Paris until January 8, 2018 and then goes on a road trip in France.


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{p}Jane Rosenstein comes from U.S.A. and lived in many U. S. cities including Atlanta, GA. She received a B.S. degree in mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and a M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.{/p} {p}She is a professional translator/interpretator and is the business owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine and interpretation and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French and Spanish.{/p} {p}Didier Lambert born in Bordeaux is a political activist and semi-professional cart racer. Didier is a Veterans Today correspondent and photojournalist working in Europe, Africa and the Far East. Didier served in the French Army as combat engineer.{/p}