At the weekly Seth's Broadway Chatterbox fundraiser at Don't Tell Mama, Maroulis told the audience he will join the acclaimed revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris next year. Seth Rudetsky, the musician-actor-comic who hosts Chatterbox, confirmed to Playbill.com that Maroulis said he will begin his Brel performances in January 2007. A spokesperson for the Brel revival could not confirm the casting.
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, Eric Svejcar, often joins singers Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Jim Stanek and Gay Marshall.
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.