On July 7 Sarich will replace Rodney Hicks in the revue of the work of Belgian composer Brel. Sarich will join Brel co-stars Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz and Gay Marshall.
Drew Sarich made his Broadway debut in Lestat. For the past six years he has performed in European productions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jekyll & Hyde, Hair, The Who's Tommy and Barbarella. His debut solo recording is titled "Say It," and he has his new band, International Victim, are currently at work on a new disc.
The famed Brel revue, which might be considered the first-ever jukebox musical, boasts direction by Gordon Greenberg.
Greenberg's production features the cast of four 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, Eric Svejcar, often joins the singers. Song titles in the revue 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. Jacques Brel plays Mondays at 8 PM, Tuesdays at 7 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $65-$75, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. The Zipper Theater is located in Manhattan at 336 West 37th Street.
For more information visit www.jacquesbrelreturns.com.