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Friday, March 23 News

Music of Paris comes to Darien

To celebrate the life and talent of Jacques Brel, the Darien Arts Center Stage is producing a cabaret-style revue, which will be performed for two weekends in May at the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. May 4.

The late singer-songwriter, who died in 1978, would have been 86 years old this month.

Brel, a Belgian-born resident of France, wrote the music and lyrics for "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" and they were translated and adapted for English-speaking audiences by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman.

Peter Green will direct the show with music direction by Keith Levenson.

Green received his degree from Purchase University's acting conservatory and has been performing, directing and teaching theater for nearly 20 years.

Levenson is an educator, conductor and arranger for theater, concert and television stages, including concerts for The Who, Kiss, Alice Cooper and Peter Frampton, as well as Broadway and national touring productions for "Grease," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Dreamgirls," among others.

The cast members are Nicholas Barasch, Larry Reina, Lisa Spielman, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay and Danielle Valdes.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 203-655-5414 or visiting www.darienarts.org.