Piaf/Dietrich

A Legendary Affair


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Toronto Premiere

Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich were two of the greatest names in international show business during the early 20th century. The first of them enchanted the world with her singing, her moving life story, and unostentatious appearance, while the other did the same with her beauty, elegance, and bewitching stare, being one of the first European actresses to become popular in Hollywood.

Based on a true story, Piaf/Dietrich is a musical drama that explores the intimate and entertaining portrait of a fascinating friendship between show business legends that began under the most unlikely of circumstances and lasted their entire lives.

Featuring 20 of their unforgettable hits including La Vie En Rose, Milord, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone, and starring two of Canada’s leading actors, this will be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Starring LOUISE PITRE & JAYNE LEWIS 

A vibrant musical biography.
Louise Pitre is a brilliant Piaf interpreter. Her every number is a showstopper.
Jayne Lewis is bewitching. She sings Dietrich’s signature tunes with aplomb. – The Globe and Mail
GLORIOUS!
Louise Pitre is tremendous! Jayne Lewis is seductive! – NOW
STUNNING!
Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis deliver impressive performances. – Toronto Star

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ON STAGE TABLE SEATING INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BUYING ON STAGE TABLE SEATING: 

  • On stage seating is reserved and have a partially obstructed view.
  • On stage seating consists of stools with back and foot rests. There is a total of 3 tables/10 chairs available for each performance. Show me the on stage seating chart.
  • The tables are in different spots on the stage and are not all located together.
  • On Stage table seating is located on the stage above the playing area and to the side and, sometimes, behind the performersOn stage table seating is accessible by stairs only as they are located on platforms of different heights.
  • There are several stairs from the Orchestra level to the stage, plus stairs to the tables. On stage seating is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Enjoy a beverage purchased from the theatre bar at your seat, but no food please.  
  • On stage ticket holders will need to arrive at the theatre and take their seats no later than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
  • Latecomers holding on stage seating tickets will not be sat on stage until intermission. This is for the safety of the performers. You may be required to stand, if no other seating is available, or be provided alternate seating until intermission.
  • There is limited room available on stage. We suggest not bringing any large bags or accessories.
  • For the consideration of the performers and fellow audience members, you should not leave the stage during the performance unless it is an emergency. It is a recommended that you use the washroom prior to the performance! There is one intermission.

We kindly suggest you wear black or dark colours if sitting on stage.

Louise Pitre

LOUISE PITRE
Edith Piaf

Donna - Mamma Mia! (original Toronto, US tour and Broadway casts); Adult Marie - MARIE - Dancing Still - Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ new musical (5th Ave Theatre, Seattle - Susan Stroman dir./choreographer), Dr Madden - Next to Normal (CAA), Snake - The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary, Dennis Garnhum dir.), Fantine - Les Misérables (Original Toronto, Montreal and Paris)  Piaf - Piaf (5 productions), Luck Be A Lady (Asolo Rep, Gordon Greenberg dir./creator); Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Gary Griffin dir.); Mame - Mame (Goodspeed Opera House); Toad - A Year With Frog and Toad (YPT Toronto, Jen Shuber/Allen MacInnis dir.)Mayor/Ma - The Toxic Avenger (John Rando dir.); Mrs Lovett - Sweeney Todd (Calgary Opera, Kelly Robinson dir.); Annie - Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall, Donna Feore dir.); Blood Brothers (Can Stage) to name a few.

Louise's co-creation (with W. Joseph Matheson) of The Times They Are A’Changin’ for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre last year will be reprised at the Segal Centre (Montreal) this coming March 2020.

Small screen appearances: CBC’s Over The Rainbow (Judge), Merry Matrimony (Lead/ Hallmark), Lifetime’s A Christmas Wedding, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, MVP, Flashpoint and the CBC biopic Celine in which she played Celine Dion’s mother, Thérèse. She can still be seen as the host of Star Portraits on Bravo!

Louise has won many awards including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She appears in concert (Diane Leah, MD/piano) all over North America.  She has released five solo CD’s and can be heard as Fantine (Les Misérables, Paris cast), Ulrika (Kristina) and Mary ("Could You Wait?”).  www.louisepitre.com 

Jayne Lewis

JAYNE LEWIS
Marlene Dietrich

Two-time Toronto Dora Award nominee for Falsettos and Menopause – Out Loud! and a Calgary Critics Award nominee for Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. Other Highlights:  Molina’s mother in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Encore Productions, Toronto); Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins (Disney - Canada, U.S. and Mexico); Sister Bertha and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions); Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (Livent - Canadian National Company); Kate in Kiss Me Kate (Stratford Festival); Freaky Friday, Elf - the Musical (Theatre Aquarius); How To Succeed in Business…, Harvey, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas (Drayton Entertainment); Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Welcome Wood Productions); and Meredith in Bat Boy (Canadian Premiere). Ms. Lewis originated the roles of Monica in Sinners, Sheila Walsh in A Gift to Last, “Death” in Pelagie and Val in War Brides. Jayne has performed as a guest soloist with major Canadian symphonies and in Irving Berlin..... Always, a tribute show she created with husband Victor A Young.

TV/Film: Georgetown, Degrassi, Willa’s Wildlife (voice), Killjoys, Crossword Mysteries lll (Hallmark).

Louise Camilleri

LOUISE CAMILLERI
Ensemble

Career highlights include performing the role of Anita in West Side Story with Drayton Entertainment, the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings at the Princess of Wales Theatre, as dance captain for three years in Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alex Theatre, and three years in the 1993 Harold Prince revival of Show Boat at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway and featured dancer in the U.S. national tour of Sophisticated Ladies produced by Mercedes EllingtonFilm and television highlights include performing in the movies SuperstarBlues Brother’s 2000Disney’s Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. Vocal highlights include performing as a guest soloist with The Canadian Tenors, featured singer with Josh Groban, performing and recording with Lorraine Segato and the Parachute Club and lead vocalist for Mark Camilleri and The CT Project’s debut album.

Réjean Cournoyer

RÉJEAN COURNOYER 
Ensemble

Réjean is a maritimer!   Past credits include: Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Anne of Green Gables, Canada ROCKS!, The Founding Fathers (Charlottetown); Peter and the Starcatcher (WCT); A Misfortune (NSTF); The Music of Jacques Brel, A Christmas Carol, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Pride and Prejudice, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast (Citadel); L’Homme de la Mancha, (Unithéatre); Les Misérables, White Christmas (Artsclub); Tuesdays with Morrie (6X city tour); Little Shop, Pélagie (CanStage); A Few Good Men, Oliver! (Neptune).

Film/TV: October 1970 (CBC); Rideau Hall (Topsail); The Event (E-Motion Pictures – Actra Award). @reyjey

 

W. Joseph Matheson

W. JOSEPH MATHESON
Ensemble

Joe is thrilled to revisit characters he created last year for Montreal’s Segal Centre. He has worked at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, across Canada and much of the US, England and Europe; original Canadian companies of Miss Saigon, The Who’s TOMMY (Mirvish) and Jersey Boys (DanCap); the first US National tour of Ragtime; US premiere of From Here To Eternity (FLMTF); Canadian and World premieres of The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), Luck Be A Lady (Asolo Rep), Paulo and Daphne(Theatreworks), Moby Dick (Stratford) as well as Could You Wait…? (Grand Theatre), Sketching Sunshine (TOV), and Times They Are A'Changin’ (HGJT) - three shows he also wrote. Other writing: four seasons Laughing Matters (FST); co-lyricist On The Rocks w/Louise Pitre. (Je t’aime darlin’)

Tracy Michailidis

TRACY MICHAILIDIS 
U/S Edith Piaf, U/S Ensemble

Tracy is proud to be making her Mirvish debut. Recent credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Don Jail (Dora nomination), and the European tour of Theaturtle's Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play. She has spent seasons at the Stratford, Shaw, and Charlottetown Festivals, and has toured in the U.S. with both Fun Home and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Toronto credits include Life After (Dora Award), Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March), The Light in the Piazza (Musical Stage Company), and Unity [1918] (Theatre Passe Muraille). Tracy also runs her own teaching studio. www.tracymichailidis.com 

Seana-Lee Wood

SEANA-LEE WOOD
U/S Marlene Dietrich, U/S Ensemble

2019 has been great for singer/actor/pianist Seana-Lee who warbles on stage and on cruise ships. After the Canadian premiere of Steve Martin’s Bright Star, she rocked Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Previous Mirvish productions include Once, and The Sound of Music. Productions with director Hal Prince include Show Boat and The Phantom of the Opera. Favourite roles include Marge in Suds, Dolly in Hello Dolly!, and Marmee in Little Women (DuMez/Hodgkinson). Between theatre contracts she sails the world with her lounge-y piano playing and original comedy show One Piano, Two Canadians with husband Jim Hodgkinson. Favourite TV spot: Super Dave.

KEVIN BOWERS
Stage Manager

Kevin is pleased to be stage managing for Mirvish Productions again with this production of Piaf/Dietrich.  His 40+ years in theatre has taken him across Canada and the USA more times than he cares to remember, as well as England, Russia and Switzerland.  Previous Mirvish shows include Les Misérables, Crazy For You, Racing Demon, Oliver!, Once, Kinky Boots and Strictly Ballroom. Other favourites include Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Aida, La Bohème Madama Butterfly and The Barber of Seville, as well as the original Toronto production of Forever Plaid.   Most recently he stage managed Obeah Opera at the Fleck Dance Theatre as part of the Luminato Festival.   A native Torontonian, Mr. Bowers holds a Master of Arts degree from Essex University in England. 

KATE DUNCAN
Assistant Stage Manager

Selected theatre credits include: Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions); Antigone (Young People's Theatre); Fool for Love, Alligator Pie, The Crucible (Soulpepper); Million Dollar Quartet (Drayton Entertainment); Life After (Canadian Stage Company/Musical Stage Company); Sarah Ballenden (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); A Thousand Splendid Suns, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Grand Theatre); The Magic Flute (Opera Atelier). Kate is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

Music Director / Arranger Jonathan Monro

JONATHAN MONRO (Music Director / Arranger)
Originally from Newfoundland, Jonathan debuted at Carnegie Hall as a pianist at 16. A musician, writer, and actor, his musical directing credits include: Fun Home (Vancouver Arts Club - Ovation Nom.), Piaf/Dietrich (Segal Centre), The Light in the Piazza (Musical Stage Company/Theatre Calgary - Betty Nom.), Floyd Collins (PSP/TIFT - Jessie Nom.), Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Stratford Festival), his own musical With a Twist (Lunchbox Calgary - Betty Award), and the world premiere of The Hockey Sweater (Segal Centre/NAC), which he co-wrote with Emil Sher. Jonathan won BMI New York's Harrington Award for Outstanding Musical Theatre writing, and was musical associate to Alan Menken, Adam Guettel, Charles Strouse, and Richard Maltby.

Musician Nick Coulter
NICK COULTER (Percussion)
Nick Coulter has been active in Toronto's musical theatre community since 2004. He was principal percussionist for numerous Mirvish productions including Hairspray, The Lord of the Rings, We Will Rock You, The Wizard of Oz, and Les Misérables. He has performed for many touring productions including Mary Poppins, Motown: The Musical, Newsies, Cinderella, Beautiful, and An American In Paris, as well as for the Stratford Festival, Dancap, and Drayton Entertainment. 
Musician Will Jarvis
WILL JARVIS (Bass)
Theatre Credits (selected): Grease (Winter Garden), Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot (Stratford), Jersey Boys, 9 to 5: The Musical (Dancap), Peter Pan (Ross Petty), West Side Story (St. Jacobs). Will is a freelance bassist, composer and educator who has performed with Latin-jazz artists Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, Hilton Ruiz and Hilario Duran and is currently a member of the multi-award winning group Manteca. As an educator, Will is on the music faculties of Humber College and Mohawk College.
Musician John Lettieri
JOHN LETTIERI  (Accordion)
Accordionist, began playing at age 7, and continues to perform in the GTA.  John has performed in the Canadian Music Week, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, and the Ashkenaz Festival.  In 2007 & 2012, John represented Canada at the International Roland Digital Festival held in Italy.  John has recorded with many artists; and recorded music for film and television. In 1981, a notable presentation occurred, performing for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at a Gala in Ottawa.  When not performing, John is a retired music educator. Currently, he is Program Manager of the Music Alive Festival, in York Region. 
Musician NATALIA ZIELINSKI CHATURVEDI
NATALIA ZIELINSKI CHATURVEDI (Violin)
Classically trained and chronically curious, I’m blessed to have worked with a diverse range of talent, both on stage and in studio. Notable performance and recording engagements include Michael Bublé, The Tenors, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, KYGO, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, James Ehnes, and Isabel Bayrakdarian, to name a few. I feel especially at home in the musical theatre pit; theatre credits include Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, The Last Five Years and Sousatzka

WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG / LE CHEVALIER DE PARIS
Music by M. Philippe-Gerard
Lyrics by Angele Marie Therese Vannier
© MCML by ENOCH & Cie, Paris
Used by permission of ENOCH & CIE, Paris

LA VIE EN ROSE
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Edith Piaf
© Editions Paul Beuscher
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH

BOYS IN THE BACKROOM
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Frank Lösser
© by Universal Music Corp.
Used by permission of Universal/MCA Music Publishing GmbH

LILI MARLEEN
Music by Norbert Schultze
Lyrics by Hans Leip
© Apollo-Verlag Paul Lincke GmbH
Used by permission of Universal Music Publishing GmbH

L'ACCORDÉONISTE
written by Michel Emer
© Societe D’Editions Music Int. (SEMI)
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
CREDITS CANADA:

Written by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson
© Carlin Music Corportation
Courtesy of Carlin Music Corporation on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
CREDITS USA:

Written by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson
© Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP), Stephen Ballentine Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP) / ....
Used by permission of Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP), Stephen Ballentine Music Publishing co. (ASCAP) / ....

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Reg Connelly
© by Frederick Hollander Music
Used by permission of Frederick Hollander Music

PADAM, PADAM
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Henri Alexandre Contet
© by Editions Salabert, France
Used by permission of Musik Edition Discoton GmbH

MON MANÈGE À MOI
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Jean Constantin
© Les Nouvelles Edi. Meridian
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH

LAND, SEA AND AIR
written by Terry Gilkyson
© by Blackhawk Music Co.
Used by permission of Universal/MCA Music Publishing GmbH

MON DIEU
Music by Charles Gaston Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Jacques Pierre Vaucaire
© Les Nouvelles Edi. Meridian
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH Edition Marbot GmbH

MAYBE I'LL COME BACK
written by Charles L. Cooke, Howard C. Jeffrey
Published by public domain

HYMNE Á  L'AMOUR
Music by Margueritte Angele Monnot
Lyrics by Edith Giovanna Gassion
© SOC EDIMARTON NO1 / Editions Raoul Breton
Used by permission of Budde Music Publishing

JUST A GIGOLO
Music by Leonello Cassucci
Lyrics by Julius Brammer
© by Wiener Boheme Verlag GmbH
2007 assigned to Universal/MCA Music Publishing GmbH
Used by permission of Universal/MCA Music Publishing GmbH

I WISH YOU LOVE
(English version of 'QUE RESTE-T-IL DE NOS AMOURS')
Written by Charles Louis Trenet
Adaption by Albert Askew Beach (p.k.a. Lee Wilson)
© by Editions Salabert France
Used by permission of Musik Edition Discoton GmbH

MILORD
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Giuseppe Mustacchi
© by Editions Salabert France
Used by permission of Musik-Edition Discoton GmbH

DON'T ASK ME WHY
(FRAG NICHT WARUM ICH GEHE/DAS LIED IST AUS)
Music by Robert Stolz
Lyrics by Walter Reisch, Armin Lockenda Robinson
© by Dreiklang-Dreimasken Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Used by permission of Dreiklang-Dreimasken
Bühnen- und Musikverlag

BRAVO POUR LE CLOWN
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Henri Alexandre Contet
© Editions Paul Beuscher
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH, NANADA Music GmbH

LA VIE EN ROSE
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Edith Piaf
© Editions Paul Beuscher
Used by permission of Edition Marbot GmbH

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE
Written by Pete Seeger
© Sanga Music Inc (BMI) (administered by Figs D Music (BMI) c/o The Bicycle Music Company, Inc)
Used by permission of The Bicycle Music Company, Inc.

MILORD
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Giuseppe Mustacchi
© by Editions Salabert France
Used by permission of Musik-Edition Discoton GmbH

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
CREDITS CANADA:
written by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson
© Carlin Music Corportation
Courtesy of Carlin Music Corporation on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
CREDITS USA:
written by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson
© Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP), Stephen Ballentine Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP), 1928 (renewed) Chappell & Co. (ASCAP)
Used by permission of Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP), Stephen Ballentine Music Publishing co. (ASCAP) and Chappell & Co.

NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (excerpt)
Written by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire
© S.E.M.I./peermusic (SACEM)
Used by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN
Written by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire
© S.E.M.I./peermusic (SACEM)
Used by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. (ASCAP)