Musical Director: Mark Cranston Reid
ABOUT THE SHOW
The sardonic, wise and intensely emotive songs of this influential Belgian composer and performer still ring in the air, thanks to this show that introduced Brel to many American listeners in 1968, a decade before his untimely death at age 49.
WHO IS JACQUES BREL?
Jacques Brel was part of the French-language art-song movement that reached its peak of international popularity in the 1950s and ’60s, led by such revered performers as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Yves Montand. Brel too was beloved in his adopted home of Paris, and around the globe. But the riveting performer and prolific songwriter was an individualist, whose music ranges from the rhapsodically romantic to the caustically political.
A born storyteller, his odes are often compressed mini-dramas and often mused in a world-weary but uncynical fashion on the rapture and agony of love. But he also addresses the madness and waste of war — both world wars, and the French and U.S. military wars in Vietnam. Brel’s fever-grade ballads about love’s vagaries have been widely covered by artists from Judy Collins and Frank Sinatra to David Bowie.
This show is an intoxicating musical revue that is naughty, funny, dark, and romantic. Over half a century after they were written, Brel's songs retain their edgy vibe in a show The New York Times called "a potent mixture of romanticism and cynicism, world-weariness and jaunty whimsy."
WHO SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW?
People who love music theatre should see this show. People who love composers such as Sondheim, people who think outside the square, people who love to be affected; to be challenged, to be amused, surprised, to be touched ... in fact, all lovers of music!
Anne Maree Fanning, Jennifer Parbery, Nicholas Ryan, Margaret Short, Andrew Symes, Tim Wotherspoon
17th -26th JUNE 2016
SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF ARTS
Bookings: www.mirandamusicalsociety.com.au Phone: 8814 5827
"A banquet of Brel is a spread so rich, it could clog the arteries with raw emotion"
Upstaged Reviews has one double pass to give away to the 8pm Friday 17th June performance of 'Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris’! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading JACQUES PARIS to win! Competition closes Wednesday 15th June.