Original Brel Cast Member Stone to Be Part of Nov. 26 Talkback

News   Original Brel Cast Member Stone to Be Part of Nov. 26 Talkback Elly Stone, who was part of the original 1968 cast of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, will take part in a talkback session that follows the Nov. 26 performance of the revival of that musical revue.

Following the 3 PM performance of Brel at the Zipper Theatre, Stone will be on hand to discuss the differences between the original and current productions of the acclaimed revue. Producer Dan Whitten will moderate the talkback, which will also feature members of the current cast.

In a statement, producer Whitten said, "Brel's songs are as relevant today as they were in 1968. These talkbacks, a result of comments made by audience members, will serve as a catalyst for discussion and debate in this time of war and social challenge."

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, John O'Neill, often joins singers Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Jim Stanek and Gay Marshall. Constantine Maroulis will succeed Stanek Jan. 9, 2007.

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.