Viktor Lazlo on stage at CRR
French-Belgian love song singer, Sonia Dronier a.k.a Viktor Lazlo will perform a Billie Holiday Musical at CRR on Dec. 4.
Dronier took her stage name from Paul Henreid’s character Victor Laszlo from the 1942 film Casablanca.
She began her career in 1985 with a mix of songs in French, English, and Spanish. A French-language cover of Julie London’s “Cry Me a River” (“Pleurer des Rivières”) became a big hit across Europe a year later. In 1987, she hosted the televised broadcast of the Eurovision contest, which was held in Belgium that year. That same year, she had another Euro hit with “Breathless,” a duet with the American singer James Ingram. After a move back to France in 1989 she released a series of successful albums before the ambitious Verso appeared in 1996 with funk and dub influences and a guest appearance from the classic reggae rhythm section of Sly & Robbie.