Friday, 24 October 2014

Review: Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris at the Charing Cross Theatre



Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 
Charing Cross Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 23rd October 2014
★★★

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a joyously simple show. A musical revue featuring the songs of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, Andrew Keates' production is stylishly staged, providing an evening of musical delight.

Four established West End stars take to the stage and perform songs which vary in style, whilst bursting with charm and character. Each number is self-contained, meaning you can sit back and relax throughout. Gina Beck and Daniel Boys provide top notch vocals and particularly shine during the ensemble numbers while David Burt and Eve Polycarpou bring lots of old-school theatrical charm to proceedings.


Daniel Boys and Gina Beck

The onstage band are terrific; the feel and atmosphere of this production is perfect for the Charing Cross Theatre. At times the lighting design lets the piece down, occasional cues are missed and the stage seems to be very dimly lit throughout. 

If you're up for seeing something a little fun and quirky, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris makes a nice alternative to a traditional musical. The show carefully guides its audience through all sorts of moods and emotions, but also doesn't take itself too seriously. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris runs at the Charing Cross Theatre until Saturday 22nd November 2014. Click here to book tickers. (OFFER: Top price seats reduced to £15.50.)

Photo Credit: Scott Rylander

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