Entire Brel Audience Will Receive Free CD Oct. 16

News   Entire Brel Audience Will Receive Free CD Oct. 16
Each member of the audience attending the Oct. 16 performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris will receive a free copy of the acclaimed revival's new CD.

Additionally, audience members at that 8 PM show are also invited to attend a post-show reception at the Zipper Theatre, where Brel plays. Producer Dan Whitten said in a statement, "This is our way of celebrating the release of the CD and sharing it with as many Jacques Brel fans as possible."

As previously reported, Ghostlight Records, the theatrical division of Sh-K-Boom Records, will release the 22-track cast recording of Jacques Brel Nov. 21. Copies of the recording — produced by Eric Svejcar and Greg Arnold — will be available at the Zipper Theatre and on-line beginning Oct. 17.

An additional eight tracks not featured on the CD will be available for downloading on iTunes. And, those interested can now download the song "Brussels" by visiting the musical's website at www.jacquesbrelreturns.com.

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." The Zipper Theatre is located in Manhattan at 336 West 37th Street. Tickets, priced $65-$75, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.jacquesbrelreturns.com.

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