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The Sparrow and the Mouse: Creating the Music of Edith Piaf

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Melanie Gall and her lovely voice return to the fringe with another show of soaring songs and interesting anecdotes.

Gall plays Simone Bertraut, half-sister to the legendary Parisian chanteuse Edith Piaf. She speaks to the audience of their childhood, how they met at age 12, became inseparable friends, and the (mis)adventures they shared. The title comes from their nicknames.

Each anecdote leads into one of Piaf’s songs, which Gall performs in its entirety. Gall knows how to use her voice for emotional impact, even ever-so-slightly faltering when the situation demands.

And we learn there were many situations in the hard lives of Edith and Simone that would’ve caused most people to falter and fall apart completely.

The enjoyable hour goes by fast, but stops in mid-story with regards to Piaf’s life. While one can’t blame Gall for not wanting to end on the downer note of Piaf’s physical decline and death, it does seem like an incomplete rendition to ignore the closing act.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

From last year's five star Fringe hit Ne me Quitte Pas: Piaf and Brel, the Impossible Concert. Edith Piaf is an icon, France's greatest popular singer. However, few people know of her younger sister, Simone Berteaut. Their enduring friendship is an incredible story. Featuring the songs: L'Accordéoniste, La Vie en Rose and Hymne à l'Amour.

Cast: Melanie Gall

"Exquisite voice" - London Free Press

"An ambitious delight" - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

"Winning Songs and a Hell of a Story" - The Straight

4 Stars – Edmonton Sun

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe Performers, Anyone wearing a beret

Warnings: None

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