Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris

Spring, 2017
Written By: Eric Blau & Mort Shuman, Music by Jacques Brel
Directed By: Jaybird O'Berski

Professor Jaybird O'Berski directs an undergraduate cast in an intense musical revue featuring the songs of Jacques Brel.   Brel's songs explore the glories and humiliations of love, the passage of time, and, unflinchingly, death.  According to music and theater critic William Ruhlman, Brel occupied a position in French popular music roughly comparable to that of Bob Dylan in the U.S., writing and singing personal, serious songs of greater depth and individuality than most pop. Unlike Dylan, however, Brel's music, drawing upon cabaret styles, has an overtly theatrical flair.  The material lends itself to dramatic interpretation because each song defines a character and tells a story, as in "Amsterdam," a song in which a sailor salutes the city's prostitutes.   

Performances run April 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 at 8:00p in Sheafer Theater.  

Sunday matinees at 2:00p on April 9 and 16.

Tickets are now on sale at tickets.duke.edu

CAST

Molly Albright

Will Burns

Tomas Delgado

Savi Elliot

Watson Goh

Vivian Ivanishvill

Emily Levinstone

Chidinma Nnoromele

Cuquis Robledo

Ashley Sage

Alonzo Saxton

CREW

Savannah Holmes, stage manager

Angela Zhu, assistant stage manager

Anne Driscoll

Yodit Gebretsadik

Vihasa Govada

Neera Mohammed

PRODUCTION TEAM

Jaybird O'Berski, Director (Duke faculty)

Torry Bend, Set Designer (Duke faculty)

Katharine Whalen, Costume Designer (guest artist)

Liz Droessler, Lighting Designer (guest artist)

Louis Landry, Music Director & bandleader (guest artist)

Dana Marks, Voice Coach (Duke faculty)

 

GUEST ARTIST MUSICIANS

Luis Rodriguez

Ben Palmer

Eric Mrozkowski