Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris"

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"Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Little Theatre of Fall River's summer production is "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". The show originally debuted Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for more than four years. It consists of 25 songs written by Jacques Brel and performed by four vocalists. Director Roberto Soares says "He was grabbed by the show's exploration of love, both real and unrequited, loss, death, loss of innocence, the rewriting of history, aging, loneliness, desire, pain, joy, anguish, and hope. In other words--- LIFE. As I have aged, Brel's words have become more and more personal, and the truth of them is staggering." The whole audience relates to the lyrics and music of Brel, being moved to laughter and tears at all the right moments. Roberto gives his talented cast, Richard Brosky, Kelly Camara, David Jones, and Katie Mello, their moments to shine in their solos, duets, trios and group numbers with expert musical direction by Esther Zabinski who came in two weeks ago. Stage manager Fernando Goulart keeps things running smoothly all night long.

Esther not only musically directs this show but plays the keyboards, too with a topnotch band.This impressive show has many songs, so I will try to pick some of the standout numbers of the evening. Some of the group numbers include "Marathon", "Alone", "Madeline", and "If We Only Have Love" which is outstanding and leaves you in tears at its poignancy. Richard's standout numbers are "Mathilde and "Funeral Tango" while Kelly's are "I Loved", "My Death" where she mourns losing her youth, and "Carousel", a tongue twisting number that stops the show. David's are "Bachelor's Dance" where he sings to a woman in the audience promising her a rose and "Next" which is about being next in line at the whorehouse while Katie's are "Timid Freida" and "Brussels" So for a wonderful show, catch "Jacques Brel" in Fall River.

"Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living in Paris" (14 - 24 June)
LITTLE THEATRE OF FALL RIVER
@ Fire Barn, Prospect Street, FALL RIVER MA
1(508)675-1872

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