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''Jacques Brel'' tickets still on sale

Released: 06/02/2005

It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the LSU Alexandria Empty Space Players production of the musical “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”

The three remaining performances for this summer dinner theatre are Friday, Saturday and Sunday night (June 24-26) on the Hearn Stage of the Kress Theatre. The theatre is in the Rapides Foundation Building in downtown Alexandria, at Third and Johnston streets.

The show opened last weekend and the response so far has been very positive, Director Richard Gwartney said. Theatre Director Jim Stacy said the audiences have been “wildly enthusiastic” and gave the performers standing ovations. Visitors from New York and Los Angeles who took in the show gave it rave reviews.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for LSUA students and $18 for LSUA faculty and staff, senior citizens and students at other colleges. The ticket price includes a meal catered by Copeland’s.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m. each night and the show starts at 8 p.m. Reservations may be made by phoning 473-6467 or 473-6581.

Jacques Brel is a Belgian composer/lyricist whose songs are a mixture of Broadway, cabaret, folk music, jazz, light rock and art song. His lyrics are about bulls, a carousel, sailors, old age, youth, loneliness, a statue, death, marathons, a funeral and love. Each song is a character piece, calling on both singing and acting abilities, Gwartney said.

The revue ran for nearly 2,000 performances off-Broadway in the late 1960s and is still popular at theatres around the country.