60 years after the Môme de Paris’ showstopping performance in New York City, her Niçois reincarnation follows in her footsteps in January 2017
It is every singer’s dream: to perform at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. It came true for Edith Piaf 60 years ago, and on 6th January, 2017, it is Anne Carrere’s turn. The star of PIAF! THE SHOW – a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse – returns to America as part of the extended world tour which to date has sold over half a million tickets in more than 30 countries and garnered enthusiastic reviews worldwide. The highlight of the American leg of a 400-performance global tour is the one-night-only special presentation at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 2017, at 8pm on the 60th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s last performance at the famous venue.
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 locations of the Edith Piaf era.
Americans have always loved French musical heritage. The sound of an accordion, the timbre of a voice, and romantic notions of the City of Light…. nothing says “France” and “Montmartre” quite like the music of Edith Piaf. Even the youngest generation – born decades after the tiny Parisian’s tragic passing – is familiar with her famous tunes, from Mylord to Je Ne Regrette Rien. Many a singer have imitated her but only one truly lives up to the challenge: Anne Carrere, the young talent from the Niçois hinterland who is hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress.”
Inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose, Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla conceived and directed Piaf! The Show, which premiered in 2015 as a tribute to the Sparrow of Montmartre on the centennial of her birthday. He first met Anne Carrere in 2014, when she auditioned for another of his productions, Paris! Le Spectacle. 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 longtime collaborators, composer Charles Dumont and singer Germaine Ricord, who described Anne’s skills as “that of Edith Piaf at the top of her career.”
The show earns standing ovations and enthusiastic critics wherever in the world it is performed – 400 venues and counting. Only a handful of tickets are left for the Carnegie Hall concert ($20-$125) and can be purchased through the Carnegie Hall website or by calling +1 212 247 7800
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All images courtesy Piaf! The Show