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Broadway Talent on DAC Stage this Weekend!

Broadway talent comes to Darien with cast members (l. to r.) Larry Reina, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay, and Nicholas Barasch who perform in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, currently being produced by Darien Arts Center Stage.
Broadway talent comes to Darien with cast members (l. to r.) Larry Reina, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay, and Nicholas Barasch who perform in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, currently being produced by Darien Arts Center Stage.

Talent abounds in the latest production by Darien Arts Center Stage with performances from Broadway veterans and experienced professional actors. 

‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ boasts impressive vocals that have graced Broadway, including those of Nicholas Barasch, who has appeared in the Broadway productions of West Side Story andThe 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 are Peter Green, Larry Reina, Betsy Simpson, Lisa Spielman, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay and Danielle Valdes, talented voices whose experience includes performing on traveling tours of Broadway shows, backgrounds in professional training, and depth of experience in community theatre.

The play, based on Jacques 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 sterling cast brings Jacques Brel’s music to life in a setting that will transport the audience to a Paris café in May of 1960. During the performance, round cabaret tables, small plates of food provided by Browne & Co, plus fabulous music all contribute to recreating a different place and time.

After the May 3rd 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 bringing the show to life and performing it.  The DAC performance is directed by Peter Green with music direction by Keith Levenson and presented with special permission by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

Performance dates are May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 pm with a matinee performance on Sunday, May 4, at 2 pm at the Darien Arts Center located at 2 Renshaw Road, under the blue awning behind Town Hall.  

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 203-655-5414 and leaving a message or by going to the website and purchasing them online at darienarts.org. Seating is at unreserved cabaret tables so audience members are encouraged to arrive early to get their preferred seating.

 

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.


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