Christine Andreas, Piaf - No Regrets, Feinsteins / 54 Below - Will's New York Nite Life
Christine Andreas, Piaf - No Regrets, Feinsteins / 54 Below
Christine Andreas, “Piaf - No Regrets”
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 W 54th Street, (646) 476-3551
Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15
One of the most prodigiously endowed vocal artists of the contemporary musical theater, Christine Andreas doesn’t so much recreate Piaf (apart from modulating her vibrato to roughly match that of The Little Sparrow) but re-animate her songbook with verve, energy, and a matchless voice. The narration guides us through the 47 years of Piaf’s time on earth, with all its brilliant highs and depressing lows, and puts the classic Piaf ballads (“La Vie en Rose”) and belters (“If You Love Me”), not to mention all those enumerable and irresistible minor key waltzes (“Sous le Ciel”) into the context of her life. No one has ever done a better job of recapturing the high drama of Piaf’s existence and balancing it against the considerable sense of humor in her music. Easily one of the best “tribute” shows I’ve ever seen.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)