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Talent shines in DAC production of 'Jacques Brel'

Published 12:32 pm, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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  • Broadway talent comes to Darien with, from left, Larry Reina, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay and Nicholas Barasch who perform in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," which will be staged at the Darien Arts Center May 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Broadway talent comes to Darien with, from left, Larry Reina, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay and Nicholas Barasch who perform in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," which will be staged at the Darien Arts Center May 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Talent abounds in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," the latest production by Darien Arts Center Stage, with performances from Broadway veterans and experienced professional actors.

Performance will take place at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the DAC, 2 Renshaw Road.

Among those who will be performing are Nicholas Barasch, who has appeared in the Broadway productions of "West Side Story" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He performs with DAC Stage through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Also on stage will be Peter Green, Larry Reina, Betsy Simpson, Lisa Spielman, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay and Danielle Valdes, whose experiences include performing on traveling tours of Broadway shows, backgrounds in professional training and depth of experience in community theater.

The play, based on Brel's lyrics and commentary and translated into English by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, will be performed at the Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio. The cast brings Brel's music to life in a setting that will transport the audience to a Paris cafe in May 1960.

During the performance, round cabaret tables, small plates of food provided by Browne & Co, plus music all will contribute to re-creating a different place and time.

After the May 3 performance, there will be an opportunity for the audience to participate in a "talk back" with the director, music director, cast and a guest producer who has brought the same show to other venues. This will give audience members the chance to hear about the experience of producing and performing it.

The performance is directed by Peter Green with music direction by Keith Levenson and presented with special permission by Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 203-655-5414 or visiting darienarts.org.