Production Conception, English Lyrics And Additional Material By ERIC BLAU AND MORT SHUMAN
BASED ON JACQUES BREL’S LYRICS AND COMMENTARY
MUSIC BY JACQUES BREL
by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc
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.
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.”
“A banquet of Brel is a spread so rich, it could clog the arteries with raw emotion”
Dates & Times:
Thursday 10 August at 8pm
Friday 11 August at 8pm
Saturday 12 August at 4pm & 8pm
Sunday 13 August at 3pm
Anne Maree Fanning, Jennifer Parbery, Nicholas Ryan, Margaret Short, Andrew Symes, Tim Wotherspoon