Tonight is final dress for "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". It previews tomorrow night and opens Friday. Performances continue on Saturday and the following Thu-Fri-Sat of each weekend through August 6 at the Black Box Theatre in Knoxville (5213 Homberg Drive).
I think we're about ready. Although it's been a challenge re-orchestrating a 4-5 piece combo into a 2-keyboard duo, the results have been satisfying and enjoyable. I get a charge out of the ability to play a 12-string guitar, a flute, a trumpet, a triangle, a harp and a celesta out of one multi-purpose keyboard (not all at the same time, mind you). Our cast is fantastic, and has worked hard at mastering the difficult lyrics and non-standard meter of a libretto that's been translated into English from French. If you've ever read translated poetry or listened to other translated music, you know how difficult it can be to accurately capture the poet or songwriter's original flow of text in a new language. That makes it especially difficult for performers, because the natural feel and meter of some musical pieces don't feel quite natural. Our singers, however, have done quite well and are prepared to deliver quite an enjoyable evening.