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"HPU Theatre Presents Jacques Brel"

On March 12, the songs of Jacques Brel will hit the HPU stage, when HPU Theatre presents, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

Who is Jacques Brel you ask? He was a Belgian composer recognized by the music world as one of Europe’s greatest composers. Morton Shuman and Eric Blau translated his music from French to English and held the first stage production of Jacques Brel at the Village Gate in New York City in 1967. Brel’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Celine Dion and David Bowie.

 

Po‘okela award-winning director, Joyce Maltby, saw the original production of the musical in the 1960s and was moved by the song’s “raw human emotion.” The lyrics are good and the songs are compelling,” explained Maltby. “The French songs are good. Even if you don’t know the language, they speak out to you.”

Maltby will direct the small cast revue consisting of three men and three women. “We have an excellent group,” she said adding that she is joined by musical directors Linda Doo and Beverly Katz. The cast features Michael Burns, Linda Doo, Melissa Dylan, Rebecca Maltby, Dennis Proulx, and Kevin W. Yamada. Andrew Meader will replace Michael Burns during the week of March 18-21.

Maltby encourages HPU students to attend and promises “the cheapest seats in town” at $3.50 each. The musical begins March 12 and will run through April 11. For tickets contact the box office at 375-1282.

 

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