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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 25, 2004
Step into Everyman Theatre these days and you'll find yourself transported to New York's Greenwich Village - more specifically, to a hip nightclub in the late 1960s. Designer Wally Coburn has replaced the theater's usual seats with round tables and bentwood chairs. On stage, a combo of four musicians and four cabaret singers are performing more than two dozen songs in several languages by Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. A modest revue conceived and translated by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris introduced Brel's work to American audiences in 1968.
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July 6, 2006
Brel's music The lowdown -- A cast of eight will perform 27 English versions of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel's tunes in Olney Theatre Center's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris. The revue runs through July 30 and includes politically conscious rock, classical and tango songs. If you go -- Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris runs through July 30 at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney. Tickets are $34-$44. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 1999
It's been more than two decades since Jacques Brel, the singer and songwriter, passed away, but his story-melodies so full of iconoclastic irony still tug strongly at the heartstrings.That message came through loud and clear as I watched Brel's muse put seven talented Colonial Players through their emotional paces Thursday night in the production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."I think "Brel" is actually a 19th century Romantic song-cycle masquerading as a theatrical revue.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 25, 2004
Step into Everyman Theatre these days and you'll find yourself transported to New York's Greenwich Village - more specifically, to a hip nightclub in the late 1960s. Designer Wally Coburn has replaced the theater's usual seats with round tables and bentwood chairs. On stage, a combo of four musicians and four cabaret singers are performing more than two dozen songs in several languages by Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. A modest revue conceived and translated by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris introduced Brel's work to American audiences in 1968.
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By Lori Sears | May 20, 2004
`Jacques Brel' is still alive and well Regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest French-language singer/songwriters, Jacques Brel cast a musical spell over Belgium, over France and over much of Europe throughout the '50s and '60s. America, however, for the most part, eluded him. A virtual unknown to most audiences in our land, Brel came to prominence in the United States in the late '60s thanks in large part to two American admirers. Mort Shuman and Eric Blau made it their mission to create a musical of Brel's songs, translating them for the first time into English.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2006
Brel's music The lowdown -- A cast of eight will perform 27 English versions of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel's tunes in Olney Theatre Center's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris. The revue runs through July 30 and includes politically conscious rock, classical and tango songs. If you go -- Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris runs through July 30 at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney. Tickets are $34-$44. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 11, 1995
'Jacques Brel' is opening at the Olney TheatreAn expanded Brechtian-style production of the cabaret revue, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," opens Tuesday at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Route 108, Olney. Director Jim Petosa first staged an enlarged eight-person version in 1994 at the University of Maryland College Park. At Olney, he has further revised this revue of music by the late Belgian songwriter, incorporating imagery to "express the larger concepts of politics, art, technology and religion."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 20, 1995
Watching "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" at Olney Theatre Center, I was reminded of a quote by Mark Twain, which I paraphrase: It's un-American, it's un-English . . . it's French.Brel was Belgian, to be precise, but he wrote in French, and Americans -- except for his devoted cult following -- are apt to find his percussive, cynical songs about loneliness, death, lost love and war an acquired taste. In the late 1960s, however, his songs experienced a peak in popularity in this country when Eric Blau and Mort Shuman created the revue "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, etc.," which ran for four years off-Broadway.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | December 6, 1990
The charming musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing," immortalized in the '50s by the late Judy Holliday, is on stage at Towsontowne Dinner Theatre through Jan. 27.The enduring music is by Jule Styne. The book and lyrics are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.The local version stars the very talented, young actress, Shannon Wollman, as the loveable telephone operator at an answering service helpfully meddling in her client's lives.It is Wollman's delightfully kooky performance as the concerned Ella that makes this production worth seeing.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | October 31, 1993
Amanda McBroom's bubbly, accentuate-the-positive attitude comes across even over the phone; it's in the irrepressibly cheerful cadence of her voice."George [Ball, her husband] says I have a serious Pollyanna complex," she says with a deep, rolling laugh. "I just believe that our most redeeming feature as a species is our capacity for love."That philosophy is the theme of McBroom's musical, "Heartbeats," for which she wrote the dialogue, lyrics and two-thirds of the music. Not only that, McBroom also stars, opposite her husband, in the production that opens the subscription season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre on Tuesday.
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By Lori Sears | May 20, 2004
`Jacques Brel' is still alive and well Regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest French-language singer/songwriters, Jacques Brel cast a musical spell over Belgium, over France and over much of Europe throughout the '50s and '60s. America, however, for the most part, eluded him. A virtual unknown to most audiences in our land, Brel came to prominence in the United States in the late '60s thanks in large part to two American admirers. Mort Shuman and Eric Blau made it their mission to create a musical of Brel's songs, translating them for the first time into English.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 1999
It's been more than two decades since Jacques Brel, the singer and songwriter, passed away, but his story-melodies so full of iconoclastic irony still tug strongly at the heartstrings.That message came through loud and clear as I watched Brel's muse put seven talented Colonial Players through their emotional paces Thursday night in the production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."I think "Brel" is actually a 19th century Romantic song-cycle masquerading as a theatrical revue.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 20, 1995
Watching "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" at Olney Theatre Center, I was reminded of a quote by Mark Twain, which I paraphrase: It's un-American, it's un-English . . . it's French.Brel was Belgian, to be precise, but he wrote in French, and Americans -- except for his devoted cult following -- are apt to find his percussive, cynical songs about loneliness, death, lost love and war an acquired taste. In the late 1960s, however, his songs experienced a peak in popularity in this country when Eric Blau and Mort Shuman created the revue "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, etc.," which ran for four years off-Broadway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 11, 1995
'Jacques Brel' is opening at the Olney TheatreAn expanded Brechtian-style production of the cabaret revue, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," opens Tuesday at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Route 108, Olney. Director Jim Petosa first staged an enlarged eight-person version in 1994 at the University of Maryland College Park. At Olney, he has further revised this revue of music by the late Belgian songwriter, incorporating imagery to "express the larger concepts of politics, art, technology and religion."
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | October 31, 1993
Amanda McBroom's bubbly, accentuate-the-positive attitude comes across even over the phone; it's in the irrepressibly cheerful cadence of her voice."George [Ball, her husband] says I have a serious Pollyanna complex," she says with a deep, rolling laugh. "I just believe that our most redeeming feature as a species is our capacity for love."That philosophy is the theme of McBroom's musical, "Heartbeats," for which she wrote the dialogue, lyrics and two-thirds of the music. Not only that, McBroom also stars, opposite her husband, in the production that opens the subscription season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre on Tuesday.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | December 6, 1990
The charming musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing," immortalized in the '50s by the late Judy Holliday, is on stage at Towsontowne Dinner Theatre through Jan. 27.The enduring music is by Jule Styne. The book and lyrics are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.The local version stars the very talented, young actress, Shannon Wollman, as the loveable telephone operator at an answering service helpfully meddling in her client's lives.It is Wollman's delightfully kooky performance as the concerned Ella that makes this production worth seeing.
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October 21, 2011
Women's conference Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church hosts its annual "Women's Conference" Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30, at 429 Asbury Drive in Severna Park. The theme is "From Genesis to Revelation: Godly Women Walking a Spiritual Journey. " The event features the church's Voice Praise Team, the Ebenezer Liturgical Dance Ministry, Spoken Word by the Dynamic Women of God, and a special tribute. Registration is $50 and includes meals, workshops and gift bag. Information: 410-647-3461.
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By Stephen Wigler | March 19, 1995
'Tiefland' will be staged in WashingtonThe Washington's Opera's production of Eugen d'Albert's "Tiefland" has to be counted among the nation's major operatic events this season. This tale of lust and power -- perhaps the only successful example in German opera of what was called "verismo" in Italian opera -- created a sensation at the beginning of the century. It was produced everywhere -- once even opening the Met's season -- and was a staple of the repertory for years. "Tiefland" now seems confined to Germany, and the Washington Opera's production, which will be conducted by Heinz Fricke, is the first in at least 80 years.
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