New Jacques Brel Cast Recording Hits Stores Nov. 21

News   New Jacques Brel Cast Recording Hits Stores Nov. 21 The cast recording of the current Off-Broadway revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris hits stores Nov. 21 on the Ghostlight Records label.
(l.-r.) Robert Cuccioli, Gay Marshall, Rodney Hicks and Natascia Diaz in <i>Jacques Brel</i>
(l.-r.) Robert Cuccioli, Gay Marshall, Rodney Hicks and Natascia Diaz in Jacques Brel

The single CD — produced by Eric Svejcar and Greg Arnold — features 22 numbers from the show. An additional eight tracks not featured on the CD are available for downloading on iTunes. The new recording features this revival's original cast: Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Gay Marshall and Rodney Hicks. Hicks is no longer with the production; Jim Stanek is the newest member of the foursome.

The revival of Jacques Brel — directed by Gordon Greenberg — plays Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre. 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, Svejcar, 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.