Eric Blau

Eric Blau, an industrious jack-of-all-trades who help introduce Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel to American audiences through the long-lived musical revue with the endlessly parodied name of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, died Feb. 17, 2009, in Manhattan. He was 87. With composer Mort Shuman, Mr. Blau helped shape a couple dozen of Brel's melancholy, sarcastic, sentimental and bitingly comic songs into a theatrical evening which opened at the Village Gate in Manhattan in 1968 and ran for four-and-a-half years. It then played on Broadway for two months. The title has never quite disappeared from the theatrical landscape since then, forever revived by regional and community theatres, as well as Off-Broadway. It most recently played a year-long run at the Zipper Theatre, ending in February 2007. The title, meanwhile, has become part of the common language, adapted for the headlines of countless personality profiles.

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  • Born: Jun 1, 1921 in Brigdeport, CT, USA
  • Death: Feb 17, 2009 in New York, NY, USA