This past weekend I was introduced to the infectious music of Jacques Brel through the gifts and talents of six actors from the Murfreesboro Little Theater. Gary Davis, Bob Fish, Rae Ellyn Kelly, Emily Lowery, Charlie Parker, and Donna Seage sang, and danced their way through songs that I found funny, charming, and just delightful. Even though I consider myself an avid and enthusiastic theater patron, I had never heard of him. After I saw the play I went to Wikipedia and found the following:
Jacques Brel is
“…a Belgian singer-songwriter. Brel composed and recorded his songs almost exclusively in French, although he recorded a number of songs in Dutch.
Brel’s songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most famously Scott Walker and Judy Collins. Others who have sung his work in English include Karen Akers, Marc Almond, Momus/Nick Currie, Beirut, Bellowhead, David Bowie, Ray Charles, John Denver, The Dresden Dolls, Gavin Friday, Alex Harvey, Terry Jacks, Barb Jungr, The Kingston Trio, Jack Lukeman, Amanda McBroom, Rod McKuen, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Spencer Moody, Camille O’Sullivan, Dax Riggs, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Dave Van Ronk. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director. Jacques Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. ”
If you get a chance to see it, I don’t think you will be disappointed. See it at the Murfreesboro Little Theater or elsewhere, but do see it!