Arts and Entertainment

OutCast brings musical history to life in Langley

Ken Martinez, Katie Woodzick and Ned Farley rehearse “ Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” at the Black Box Theater for OutCast Productions.  - Jim Carroll photo
Ken Martinez, Katie Woodzick and Ned Farley rehearse “ Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” at the Black Box Theater for OutCast Productions.
— image credit: Jim Carroll photo

Tickets are on sale now for the Outcast Production of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” opening at the Black Box Theater at the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds in Langley, July 19.

This musical revue (a show without a book) was conceived and written for English speaking audiences by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, with Jacques Brel’s original music and French lyrics included, according to a press release from Outcast.

This production consists of 25 songs performed by, in this case, three vocalists, including Ned Farley, Ken Martinez and Katie Woodzick, and is directed by K. Sandy O’Brien with musical direction by Scott Small.

When “Jacques Brel” originally opened in 1968 in a Greenwich Village theater, French singer-songwriter Brel’s body of theatrically insightful ballads was already obscure. But his work influenced a spate of American musicians including artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, who covered “Amsterdam,” and Frank Sinatra.

Brel’s brooding, evocative songs about life, death, love and the consequences of human folly were unleashed on an unsuspecting and wide American audience. It could be said that “Jaques Brel” changed the course of Broadway theater through its popularity and the show’s deep effect on American audiences.

The orchestra for the Outcast production will include Richard Hughes (guitar/mandolin), Jonathan Small (bass), Scott Small (percussion) and Sheila Weidendorf (piano/accordion).

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. July 19 to Aug. 3 and at 2 p.m. Sundays, July 21 and 28. General seating tickets cost $14 for students/seniors and $18 for adults.

Purchase tickets online from Brown Paper Tickets for credit card purchases, or tickets can be reserved directly with OutCast by email at ocp@whidbey.com. Reserved tickets can be picked up at the door and paid for with cash or check.

The Black Box Theater is at 819 Camano Ave. in Langley.

 

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