Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Musical Revue
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The last date listed for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris was Sunday October 21, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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Fall in love with the magic and soul of Ella Fitzgerald all over again with this musical celebration of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time. Ella, her cousin and traveling companion Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell the story of her life both backstage and onstage, from her humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. Featuring some of Fitzgerald's most famous hits, including "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "How High the Moon" and "That Old Black Magic," this thrilling new musical weaves myth, memory and music to tell a poignant, yet ultimately uplifting, story. This production is conceived, directed and choreographed by the great Maurice Hines. Learn More
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Featured review from Susan JosephRed Velvet
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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