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PIAF! THE SHOW
Burton Cummings Theatre
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster
WINNIPEG, November 27, 2018 – With a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW – a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse EDITH PIAF – comes back to the Burton Cummings Theatre, March 22.
Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” PIAF!, THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Swallow of Montmartre” on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose. In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.
Gil Marsalla, producer and director of PIAF!, THE SHOW, first met future star Anne Carrere in 2014, when she auditioned for another of his productions, Paris! The Show. Captivated by her skills and natural charisma, Marsalla offered her the role of Edith Piaf in his new production.
“I have worked in show business – on and off stage – for 25 years and mounted shows around the world. But to this day, Anne Carrere is my greatest artistic discovery yet. Don’t you dare touch or polish her, she is a diamond that you want to keep raw – such is the nature of her pure and natural talent…” says Marsalla of his leading lady.
Equally impressed with Carrere were Piaf’s long-time collaborators, composer Charles Dumont, Ginou Richer, Personal Piaf secretary, and singer Germaine Ricord, who described Anne’s skills as “that of Edith Piaf at the top of her career.”
Anne Carrere (performer) made her debut in large-scale musical theatre as the star of PIAF!, THE SHOW. A native of Puget Ville, a small town in the South of France, she began preparing for a stage career in her early teens, studying voice, acting, and a variety of vocal and dance styles at the renowned art school Salon-de-Provence. She later pursued classical musical training, playing flute and piano.
Before seriously pursuing her passion for the traditional French chanson, Anne participated in numerous French talent competitions and TV shows, showcasing her singing and dancing skills in diverse styles including classical, jazz and modern jazz.
Alliance Française is pleased to support the tour and assist in the promotion on a local level.
“Édith Piaf’s music still stirs deep emotions,” said Alan Nobili, Alliance Française du Manitoba Executive Director. “She remains an icon of Paris and chanson française. She inspired and keeps inspiring numerous artists. We are proud to contribute to the success of this remarkable show in Winnipeg!”
Alliance Française is the largest cultural organization in the world. It is dedicated to teaching and promoting French and its diverse culture through a network of over 800 establishments in 137 countries. Operating since 1915 in Winnipeg, Alliance Française du Manitoba teaches French to 600 students of all ages and offers a rich programming of more than 40 cultural events every year.
Don’t miss what is to be a spectacular event! Piaf!, The Show. Burton Cummings Theatre, March 22. Tickets are on sale Friday, November 30 at 10 a.m.