Brel Revival Offering Free Tix to High School Drama/Music Students

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The revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is offering a rare opportunity to local high school drama and music students: the chance to see a professional New York production free of charge.

The musical, which plays the Zipper Theatre, is presenting this offer for performances through Jan. 7, 2007. In a statement Brel producer Dan Whitten said, "Jacques Brel is an artist that every young drama student should know about. I want to provide an opportunity for them to experience the power and timeliness of Brel, particularly in these times."

Students must arrange tickets through their school drama or music teacher. Teachers should e-mail the producer's office at dkwhit@aol.com and cc the general manager's office at josh@richardscliman.com.

The revival of Jacques Brel — directed by Gordon Greenberg — plays Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre. Greenberg's production features the cast of four — Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Gay Marshall and Jim Stanek — on the intimate Zipper stage with just a few set pieces and the occasional prop: a chair, a couch, a few suitcases and several glasses of alcohol. Staircases are located on both sides of the stage, one for entrances and another that leads to the small band, whose pianist often joins the singers. Song titles include "Le Diable (Ca Va)," "If We Only Have Love," "Alone," "I Loved," "Jackie," "My Childhood," "Madeleine," "Bachelor's Dance," "Fanette," "Le Moribund," "The Desperate Ones," "Timid Frieda," "The Statue," "Sons of," "Amsterdam," "The Bulls," "Brussels," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "The Middle Class," "Old Folks," "Funeral Tango," "My Death," "Marieke," "Songs for Old Lovers," "Next," "You're Not Alone," "Carousel" and "If We Only Have Love."

Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris features music and lyrics by the late Jacques Brel; conception, English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman. The original staging of the revue opened in 1968 at The Village Gate in New York City and ran for 1,847 performances.

The Zipper Theater is located in Manhattan at 336 West 37th Street. For more information visit www.jacquesbrelreturns.com.

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