The original cast of the recent Gloucester Stage Company revival of the work will reprise their roles for the revue which opens the new 199-seat cabaret-style theatre at the Radisson Hotel Boston.
Jacques Brel is based on the Belgian-born poet-lyricist-songwriter and performer who brought us such songs as "Carousel" and "If We Only Have Love." The work features Brel's lyrics and commentary with music by Brel, production 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. This staging is based on the GSC production originally directed by Scott Edmiston (who was unable to direct because of prior commitments). It is re-staged by music director Todd Gordon and assistant director Nicole Jesson.
The cast includes Leigh Barrett, Caroline deLima, Eric Rubbe and Drew Poling from the GSC run who will alternate with a second cast featuring Kristen Sergeant, Merle Perkins, Geoff Burns and Kent French.
The design team includes Janie Howland (scenic), Douglas Fredricks (costume) and Ken Elliott (lighting). Jerome Rosenfeld, Frank Sugrue, Rita A. Fucillo, Tim Montgomery and Joan Fredricks produce. For tickets to Jacques Brel at the Stuart Street Playhouse/ 2nd Stage in the Radisson Hotel, 200 Stuart Street in Boston, MA, call (800) 447-7400.