Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gay Marshall Sings Edith Piaf

I first saw Gay Marshall three years ago in the Off Broadway revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well & Living In Paris. She electrified the stage with her performance, and her version of Ne Me Quitte Pas is my favorite, other than the original (sincere apologies to Nina Simone). I tried to find a video of this performance, but there doesn't seem to be one. I did find another clip from the Brel show, as you can see below.

Gay Marshall is currently in New York, performing the songs of Edith Piaf. I saw her last night at the Metropolitan Room. She's beyond fabulous, bringing the music to life without attempting to imitate the original. Instead, she makes them her own (she did some of the translations and arrangements). There's also a free show tonight at the Barnes & Noble on Lincoln Center. I can't praise her enough- go see her if you're in NYC.


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