Monday, August 27, 2012

A Little Bit of Broadway

Sunday, August 26, 2012
With Sue B

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

A musical that breaks boundaries of form...more than a revue or cabaret, this show is really a one- musical with a cast of four, evealing teh opinions, insights, wit, and world view of Beliguim-born creator Jacques Brel. The songs are often described as 22-26 (depending on the production) one-act plays, that are hybrids of 18th and 19th century art songs coupled with 1960's protest songs. The songs speak of Brel's thoughts about the world and about being alive, specifically about the struggle to survive in our modern world. The central theme of the show is that no matter how overwhelming life can get--and it can get really overwhelming--we have a strength and a survival instinct that gets us through even the worst of it. That strenth and instince is optimism and love. After exploring themes of war and death, drugs, family, money, love and marriage, and the relentlessness of time, Brel ends with the powerfu "If We Only Have Love"...not romanticlove, or even the love of family and friends, but tolerance, respect, the love of the human race. This is a show about struggle, deep personal struggle and collective social struggle...and we need to know we are not alone in that struggle. Others have shared that struggle, and just as they have survived, so will we. It is a shared humanity that reassures us in our darkest times that we are not alone. (Notes from Scott Miller, Rebels with Applause: Broadways' Ground Breaking Musicals, 2001)

OCR 1975 with Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Shawn Elliot and Alice Whitfiled

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