Wedding Singer's Maroulis Will Join Brel Revival in January

News   Wedding Singer's Maroulis Will Join Brel Revival in January
 
Former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, who is currently making his Broadway debut in The Wedding Singer, has found his next stage project.

As previously announced, the singing actor will join the acclaimed revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris in January 2007. His official starting date, according to a statement from the production, will be Jan. 9.

When Maroulis joins the cast, the revue will have a new performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM.

Maroulis, according to his official website, will play his final performance in The Wedding Singer Dec. 3. That new musical will close at the Hirschfeld New Year's Eve to pave the way for the Kander and Ebb/Rupert Holmes musical Curtains.

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. Maroulis will suceed Stanek.

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.

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