Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert
Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Ratings)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing

About the Show

A Fringe Encore: Internationally acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall croons the iconic hits of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, two of France's most legendary singers. A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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69 Reviews | 52 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Engaging, Clever

See it if you enjoy listening to a biography of 2 amazing artists from days gone by through music.Ms Gall delivers the story passionately & eloquently

Don't see it if you don't enjoy French music, one person shows or a little bit of history.

206 Reviews | 42 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Unique, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy classic music from Piaf and Brel, like a bit of musical history and hear great classic songs

Don't see it if you don't care for French music, don't like one-person shows

72 Reviews | 10 Followers
Enchanting, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You like French Chansons, one person shows, great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, you are in the mood for a plot-driven drama.

68 Reviews | 16 Followers
Great singing, Ambitious, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like-chanson/French music-cabaret style concerts

Don't see it if you want a conventional musical. don't like music in other languages-minimal staging

57 Reviews | 10 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy french music you enjoy cabaret style shows

Don't see it if you only like English spoken songs

70 Reviews | 37 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Edith and Jacques. It is done very well!

Don't see it if you don't know their music and don't know French. It's still great to listen to even if you don't understand it, though. :D

115 Reviews | 47 Followers
Unique, Great singing, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if You love French and Belgian music by Brel and Piaf - interred well and laced with background on both artists.

Don't see it if If you don't like songs in French- are uninterested in the artists or are expecting imitations of the artists either physically or vocally

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you enjoy the music of Piaf and Brel, and don't mind that it's all in French.; you like a bit of history of the performers thrown in.

Don't see it if you dislike French chanteuse.

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatre is Easy
October 6th, 2016

"Despite the bittersweet quality of most of the songs, Gall employs a Panglossian perspective and persists with bright and cheerful enthusiasm. Her vocal tone matches her mood with bright colors and a broad range...It would be even more compelling, then, if the show also included live accompaniment...All told, Gall performs this beautiful songbook with a bel canto vocal style and lovely tone."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
October 12th, 2016

"Gall’s enthusiasm for 'keeping the old music alive' is infectious as she contextualizes each number with relevant background information. Her descriptions are exceedingly visual, evoking the historic situations in our mind’s eye...Trained in opera, Gall’s vocal range, power, and control are astonishing, and her emotional expressiveness is affecting...'Piaf and Brel' is a beautiful tribute to its namesake musical icons, presented with mastery and feeling."
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Broadway Baby
August 31st, 2016
For a previous production

"In 'Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert,' Gall does a fantastic job of capturing the live raw passion of these two legendary singers, showing her own huge personality and flair in the process. She engages her audience well, getting them to sing along to 'Je Ne Regrette Rien' at the end, and creates a wonderful atmosphere throughout. This was a very lively performance from a woman with flair and character. Gall is a born performer, a real star in the making."
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Southside Advertiser
August 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"Gall does a great job in giving us a very abbreviated history of their lives and of course singing in style some of their classic songs…Melanie Gall in the short time available to her has a great show…Both Piaf and Brel are singers whom many people may think they know only a few songs from (if any), but once you hear them, you realise that you know so many more than you think…A perfect show for an afternoon away from it all."
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Review Vancouver
September 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"Gall intersperses the songs with engaging anecdotes about her subject’s careers and her own personal experiences…Not surprisingly, Gall generally does better in her treatment of Piaf’s songs than with Brel’s. The exception is with Brel’s ‘Amsterdam’ which she delivered in both English and French. Piaf herself recorded the song; its compelling melancholic tone may have been better suited to her voice."
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