'JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS' Begins Previews March 5, Opens March 27
"JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS," the landmark musical, is indeed alive and well and will be revived at The Zipper Theatre (336 West 37th Street). Produced by Dan Whitten/Tiger Theatricals and directed by Gordon Greenberg, with music direction by Eric Svejcar and choreography by Mark Dendy, the show begins previews on Sunday, March 5th at 7PM. OPENING NIGHT is set for Monday, March 27th at 7PM. It will have the following performance schedule: Monday at 8PM, Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday at 8PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM & 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM and 7PM. There will be no Wednesday performances. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or (212-239-6200). For more information, please visit www.jacquesbrelreturns.com.
The cast includes Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables), Natascia Diaz (Man of La Mancha, tick, tickBOOM!), Rodney Hicks (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Gay Marshall (A Chorus Line, The Baker¹s Wife-Paper Mill). The production team is comprised of: Rob Bissinger (Set Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Mattie Ullrich (Costume Design), Peter Fitzgerald (Sound Design) and Sara Jaramillo (Production Stage Manager).
"JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS" transforms Brel's astonishing musical compositions into a theatrical experience that has enthralled audiences for nearly four decades. The original show opened in 1968 at The Village Gate in Greenwich Village and ran for more than four years.
With a cast of four actors and three musicians, the show celebrates Brel's timeless relevance and enduring passions. Translated from the French by American poet Eric Blau and lyricist Mort Shuman ("Save The Last Dance For Me"), the show is a diverse blend of ballads, tangos, boleros, rock and classics. With raw human emotion, each piece tells a story, examining themes of love, war, adventure, broken dreams, people from all classes, being young, growing old and death...but never forgetting that life, with all its tragedies and complexities, shows us much humor.
Director Gordon Greenberg, a longtime Brel enthusiast, brings an edge to the show that pays homage to the original while offering a fresh perspective. He says, "We have reordered the songs and played with some of the arrangements to create what will hopefully be an emotionally satisfying through-line and a genuinely European aesthetic that matches the soulfulness of Brel's music." Brel¹s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tom Jones, The Kingston Trio, Rod McKuen, Neil Diamond, Marlene Dietrich, Elly Stone, Micheline Van Houtem, Karen Akers and Ute Lemper.
Robert Cuccioli BROADWAY: Les Misérables (debut), Jekyll & Hyde (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner, Tony nominee - Best Actor in a Musical). OFF-BROADWAY: And The World Goes Round (Westside Arts Theatre), The Rothchilds (American Jewish Theatre), Temporary Help (Women¹s Project Theatre). REGIONAL: Jekyll & Hyde (National Tour - Joseph Jefferson Award), The Secret Garden (Sacramento Music Circus), Enter The Guardsman, Antony and Cleopatra (NJ Shakespeare Festival), Victor/Victoria (Paper Mill Playhouse). FILM: "Celebrity" and "The Stranger." TELEVISION: Guest spots on "Sliders" (SciFi Channel), "The Guiding Light," and "Baywatch." RECORDINGS: Jekyll & Hyde (original cast recording), And The World Goes Round (original cast recording), Everybody¹s Getting Into The Act A Vaudeville Musical, Beauty and the Beast A Gothic Romance Musical (studio cast recording).
Natascia Diaz BROADWAY: Man of La Mancha, Seussical, The Capeman, Carousel. OFF BROADWAY: tick..tickBOOM! (Jane Street Theatre), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Bright Lights Big City (New York Theatre Workshop), The Little Prince (John Houseman). REGIONAL: West Side Story (National Tour Joseph Jefferson Award), Sweet Charity (National Tour), The Country Wife (Syracuse Stage), Pippin (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center). FILM: "Cruel and Unusual," "Leonardo Da Vinci: A Dream in Flight" (HBO), "The White Rose." TELEVISION: "Law & Order, "Law & Order: SVU," "OZ."
RODNEY HICKS BROADWAY: Rent (debut), Jesus Christ Superstar. OFF BROADWAY: Rent (New York Theatre Workshop), Dorian Gray (New York Music Theatre Festival), Beautiful (New York Fringe Festival), Irrationals (ATA), From My Hometown ( 2004 Audelco Award nomination). REGIONAL: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Center Stage, Baltimore), Lobby Hero (Geva Theatre, Rochester). FILM: "Django," and "Bad Decisions." TELEVISION: guest roles on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "NYPD Blue," "Student Affairs" (UPN pilot).
Gay Marshall BROADWAY: A Chorus Line (Diana Morales). REGIONAL: The Baker¹s Wife (Goodspeed, Paper Mill Playhouse), Piaf: La Vie l¹Amour (Great Lakes Festival, Dayton Victory Theater, Missouri Rep), If I Were Me (Edinburgh Festival 2000), "Jacques Brel" (Capital Rep - dir: Gordon Greenberg). Having made Paris her home for the past twenty years, Ms. Marshall has played the role of Grizabella in the Paris production of Cats and was in the Paris production of the musical Camille Claudel.
Gordon Greenberg Directing credits include The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse & Goodspeed), Floyd Collins (Signature Theatre), Cam Jansen (by Larry O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin; Lambs Theatre), The Theory of Three (NY Stage & Film), O. Henry's Lovers (Goodspeed Musicals), The Velvet Vise (w/Janeane Garafalo, NY Performance Works), Slut (ATA), An Immaculate Misconception (New End Theatre; UK), Of Blessed Memory (Kings Head Theatre; UK), Jesus Christ, Superstar, Evita (Helen Hayes Theatre Co.), Peter Pan (U.S. National Tour), Jacques Brel..., The Song Of Singapore (Capital Rep.), Danny & Faye (Daryl Roth Productions), Henry, Sweet Henry (York Theatre), and Broadway Divas (Australia, Brazil, Canada, U.S.). Current projects include Assisted Loving (Daryl Roth Productions), Pirates of Penzance (Goodspeed & Paper Mill), The Ben Folds Project (The Producing Office), Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Harbor Entertainment), and the musical adaptation of Vanities (Theatreworks Palo Alto). He also serves as a curator at the Ars Nova Theatre and Artistic Director of the Broadway Classroom program. Education: Stanford University, NYU Film School, R.A.D.A. and the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab.
TIGER THEATRICALS (Dan Whitten, President) is a company that produces theatrical productions and corporate events. He produced Jay Johnson's The Two And Only, which received rave reviews (and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award) for its New York Off-Broadway run at The Atlantic Theater in the Spring of '04. It will open on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater in March 2006. He is currently represented by Jersey Boys on Broadway. Dan's marketing credits include The Secret Garden, Catch Me If I Fall, the National Tour of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, The Allan Sherman Musical and "The United States of Poetry" on PBS. In the corporate arena, while VP of Sales and Marketing at Caribiner International, Dan produced the "Viagra Launch Meeting" and all Viagra internal brand communications for Pfizer. For TSP, he executive produced "The Worldwide Leadership Forum" featuring Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani at Radio City Music Hall. Most recently, for BroadStreet, he produced "The New York Times Small Business Summit" at The Pierre Hotel. Dan is a graduate of The Wharton School and The University of Pennsylvania. While at UPENN, he was a member of The Penn Players and starred as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge.
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