Geraldine Turner directs 'Jacques Brel is Alive & Well and Living in Paris'

Published by: Michele Lansdown | 9-May-2016
Australian Musical Theatre legend Geraldine Turner directs 'Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris', a musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. The original 1968 Off-Broadway production ran for four years and spawned international and regional productions, as well as a West End production and Off-Broadway revival, among others. In 2013, David Bowie included the cast recording in a list of 25 of his favourite albums.
Venue: Sutherland Memorial School of Arts
Address: East Parade Sutherland, NSW - Australia
Date: June 17 -26
Ticket: $30 -$45
Buy / Ticket:
Call: 0409 921149


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.


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.


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
BOOKINGS: Phone: 8814 5827
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Michele Lansdown 0409 921149

"A banquet of Brel is a spread so rich, it could clog the arteries with raw emotion"

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