Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Musical Revue
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MetroStage offers the gift of comedy and music for the holidays with their annual production of A Broadway Christmas Carol. A twist on the Dickens classic, this show incorporates hysterical song parodies of 33 Broadway show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and more into the production for an enjoyable musical mash-up. This Washington, D.C. tradition, created by Kathy Feininger, provides the perfect occasion to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Learn More
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Featured review from Susan Joseph
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MetroStage gives this 1960's love-crazy, peacenik classic a timeless performance. It pains me to say that without harming the quartet, Natascia Diaz steals the show from the beautifully voiced ensemble. Natascia incarnates Piaff with great creativity. Nevertheless, the poignant differences of each performer, the serpentine Sam Ludwig, girlish Bayla Whitten, and thoughtfully mature Bobby Smith created a terrific synergy.
Brel writes about painful subjects, war, old age, love gone wrong, prostitution, poverty, often starting with a sweet waltz and then blinding your eyes with a splash of vinegar at the last moment. None of these problems has gotten any better since the 1960's; although we are further from World War II, his songs, like Flanders Field, still bring tears. Although we are further than ever from peace, it is really something to walk out of a performance singing "If we only had love" without feeling embarrassed.
In this small warehouse theater, there were still some problems with projection, but I did see director Serge Seiden taking copious notes so it is probable that later this week all the diction will be crystal clear.
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Absolutely awestruck by AWESOME voices of the performers, who brought the lyrics to life....considering simple props, simple stage setting, simple costumes, simple venue..............absolustely AWESOME experience. Please do not miss it.
Directed by Serge Seiden
Choreographed by Matt Gardiner
Music by Jacques Brel
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