Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis Will Star in Toronto Premiere of Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair

Regional News   Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis Will Star in Toronto Premiere of Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair
 
The play with music is based on the real-life relationship between the two iconic performers.
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Louise Pitre Marc J. Franklin

Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!) and Jayne Lewis (Young Frankenstein) will co-star in the Toronto premiere of Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair, which begins previews September 17 at the CAA Theatre.

Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn) directs the production, which received its English-language debut last year at Montreal’s Segal Theatre under the title The Angel and the Sparrow. Based on the real-life friendship between the two performers, the play with music incorporates over 20 songs associated with Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, including “La Vie En Rose,” “Milord,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”

Pitre, who starred as Piaf in the Montreal staging, will reprise her performance opposite Lewis, who joins her as Dietrich. Performances are scheduled through December 8.

The play by Daniel Große Boymann and Thomas Kahry premiered in Vienna in 2014, where it played an extended, multi-year run. Erin Shields adapted the English-language version from a translation by Sam Madwar.

The cast of Piaf/Dietrich will also feature Louise Camilleri, Rejean Cournoyer, W. Joseph Matheson, Tracy Michailidis, and Seana-Lee Wood.

Jonathan Monro is music director on a creative team that also includes set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Louise Bourret, lighting designer Michael Walton, and sound designer Michael Laird.

Tickets, beginning at $39, go on sale July 29. Visit Mirvish.com.

Pitre has been a special guest performer on Playbill Travel’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise featuring Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Aaron Lazar (April 26–May 4, 2020), and for Broadway on the Mediterranean (August 31–September 7, 2020), featuring Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, Gavin Creel, Lindsay Mendez, and more to be announced. Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers for its sold-out Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9, 2019), featuring Andréa Burns and Tony winner Paulo Szot. Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit PlaybillTravel.com.

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