Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

Actors in photo are:  Maria Lister Lyons, Scott Posey, Josh Dean and Vanessa Pintabona.  Photo credit: Kathy Sandham.

Actors in photo are: Maria Lister Lyons, Scott Posey, Josh Dean and Vanessa Pintabona.  Photo credit: Kathy Sandham.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

Credited with being the show that saved Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opens this Friday, July 17, at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well achieved worldwide adoration and fame.  The production showcases Brel’s passionate and profound style of music making this musical revue all-at-once haunting, witty, dramatic and heart-rending.

Belgian-born Brel was a singer and songwriter who composed, performed and recorded most of his songs in French and had a world-wide following from the 1950’s through the 1970’s.  English translations of his music were performed by such musical greats as Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, Ray Charles and Andy Williams.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is directed by Peter Davis.  Originally from Painesville, Davis has had a career ensconced in professional theater.  Early in his career he directed Rabbit Run’s first production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, upon the theater’s reopening in 1980.

Davis spent seven years as the production manager for Second Stage Theatre in New York as well as serving in the same position for eight years with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.  Davis is currently the production manager for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University.

“There is something special about this place and the people who inhabit it,” says Davis.  “From the administration and production staff to the ushers and performers, the enthusiasm and commitment that this community brings to theatre every day is an inspiration.

And with Brel, Rabbit Run has really out done themselves.  We have been blessed with an amazing cast and creative team; it is magical.  Jacques Brel is an extraordinary show, and this is such a great place to bring it to life!”

Performing in the show are Josh Dean, Maria Lister Lyons, Vanessa Pintabona and Scott Posey.

Opening night, Friday, July 17, for Jacque Brel is Alive and Well is a benefit event, Passport to Paris, for Rabbit Run Community Arts Association.  Fabulous food, auctions, and games are all a part of the evening culminating with a performance of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well. Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier will also be on hand creating keepsakes for guests with his paper art.

Before the performance of Jacques Brel, guests will enjoy spending time in the theater’s courtyard partaking in dinner supplied by Fahrenheit Cleveland’s food truck, bidding on silent auction items and taking chances on several games.

Tickets for Passport to Paris are $60/person and may be reserved by calling the Rabbit Run box office at 440-428-7092 or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org .

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Jacques Brel opens Friday, July 17, (benefit) and runs through Sunday, Aug 2.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m., or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets for all performances, excluding the benefit performance, are $22/adult and $20/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.

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