jacques-brel-home-slide“Brel’s music … remains glorious!” — NY Post

Music by Jacques Brel
Based on Jacques Brel’s Lyrics and Commentary Production Conception, English Lyrics, Additional Material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman
Directed by Eric C. Engel

Featuring: Jennifer Ellis* (star of GSC’s The Most Happy Fella), Daniel Robert Sullivan* (from Dueling Divas …), two-time IRNE award-winner Shana Dirik*, and Douglas Jabara*.

Often haunting, always vividly dramatic, sometimes funny, heart-rending and poetic, the songs of Jacques Brel have been recorded by countless artists throughout the world. Encompassing themes of joy and sorrow, love and loss, life and death, this compilation of Brel’s finest work celebrates the diverse complexity of the human heart.

Running time: about 2 hours (15 minute intermission)

Director Eric Engel
Music Director David McGrory
Piano David McGrory
Electric Guitar Steve Lacey
Bass Katherine O’Daniel Foss
Percussion Don Holm
Stage Manager Marsha Smith
Rehearsal Production Assistant Jordan McLaughlin 
Costume Designer Ryan Bates
Lighting Designer Russ Swift
Set Designer Ryan Bates
Props Master Ryan Bates
Production Assistant Joseph Fanning

“Musical storytelling at its finest!” —The New York Post

“The best musical revue ever!” —Time Out New York

2006 Revival, New York Times Review

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revival which originally opened off-Broadway at The Village Gate Theatre in 1968 and ran for more than four years, often playing to sold-out houses. Often referred to as the Bob Dylan of France, Jacques Brel wrote songs about people actively questioning their own values as well as the rising tide of conservatism around them. With a cast of four actors and four musicians, the show celebrates Brel’s relevance and enduring passions. Translated from the French by American poet Eric Blau and lyricist Mort Shuman, the show is a blend of ballads, tangos, boleros, rock and classics. Each piece tells a story, examining themes of love, war, adventure, broken dreams, people from all classes, being young, growing old and death, but always remembering life has much humor in it.

While Jacques Brel is no longer alive, well or living in Paris, the singer/songwriter’s legendary vision of romance, humor and moral conviction endure. Each song in this contemporary musical revue tells a story and examines themes of love, war, being young and growing old…but never forgetting that life, with all its tragedies and complexities, is filled with humor. Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a powerful and bold theatrical experience that was an overwhelming success in its original off-Broadway production in 1968 and again in the 2006 revival. Brel’s songs are as relevant today as they were when they were written.

Nominated for 2006 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical

Nominated for 2006 Outer Critic Circle Award for Best Revival of a Musical

June 12–July 6

8PM Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat

3PM Sat & 4PM Sun

Thursday, July 3 show starts at 7PM due to fireworks.

NO SHOW on July 4!

Sunday Talk Backs
Sunday, June 22 at 4PM

Join actors and directors for discussions.

Pay What You Can Performance
Saturday, June 14 at 3PM

At door, day of show only. Limited availability. Supported in part by grants from the Essex, Rockport & Gloucester Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by state agency Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cape Ann Nights
Wednesday & Thursday Performances.

Residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester: $20. Proof of residency required. Limit 2 per household.

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Our Show Sponsor

Sponsored by Richard Rosenfeld of Rocky Neck in honor and memory of his father, Jerome Rosenfeld, who first produced and introduced Jacques Brel… for Boston audiences in the 1970s.

Jerome Rosenfeld, at age 97, on stage at the Colonial Theatre

Jerome Rosenfeld, at age 97, on stage at the Colonial Theatre

* member of Actor’s Equity Association
** member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)