Tag: Edith Piaf

  • ‘Francofolies New York’

    Edith Piaf was the Billie Holiday of France, a singer who wrenched great art out of untold suffering. Patricia Kaas, Madeleine Peyroux, Duffy, Angelique Kidjo, Alex Hepburn, Beth Ditto, Julien Clerc, Olivia Ruiz, Charles Dumont, Camélia Jordana, Jean-Louis Aubert, Zaz, Coeur de Pirate, Nolwenn Leroy, and even Harry Connick Jr. will tap her aura for […]

  • Here Gets the Paris Syndrome

    In the immortal words of Jonathan Richman, “If you don’t think Paris was made for love/Give Paris one more chance.” But if you suffer from Paris Syndrome, also the title of Ex.Pgirl’s surreal dance-theater piece, one more chance could be dangerous to your health. Brought on by severe culture shock, Paris Syndrome is an allegedly […]

  • Gay Marshall

    For a tiny woman, Edith Piaf sure had long coattails. One who’s perched there with force and conviction is this chanteuse; she’ll do the usuals in a show called “Queen of Heart.” Piaf, whose heart was broken almost daily, could break everyone else’s. See if the same effect takes hold here. Tue., Sept. 22, 7 […]


    Starting tonight, Spiegelworld, the glitzy, pre-fab performance venue, sets up shop for another season on Pier 17, sousing the smelly seaport with Weimarian glamour in two vintage Belgian tents. The new acrobatic show running in repertory with the return of the flashy Absinthe is Desir, a backstage circus providing a flexed-out glimpse into an early-20th-century […]

  • In-Flight African Reveries

    The happiest five hours I ever spent in mid-air was aboard an Air France jet plugged into their on-board global jukebox. A menu of multiple simulcasts featured three channels entirely dedicated to regional styles of African dance music, including a dizzying array of North African electronica. The new Rough Guide to North African Café reprises […]

  • The Unreality Show

    Jesus took the wheel and got me on an Atlantic City junket to see petite powerhouse CARRIE UNDERWOOD put the Christ back in country. Carrie’s showat Caesars Palace’s renovated Circus Maximus Theaterwas fascinating for all the contradictions she projected beyond her reality-show unreality. She was styled in a Little House on the Prairie babydoll dress, […]

  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    Uplifted beyond its merits by a stunning performance from Marion Cotillard, the humdrum biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose, jogs obligingly along with Piaf the legend rather than the woman. It’s not hard to do, given the fuzzy borders between Piaf’s undeniably scarred life and her relentless gift for revisionist autobiography. By any […]

  • Being Edith

    I’d last seen Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose, director Olivier Dahan’s film about the life of the great French singer Edith Piaf. Born in destitution on the streets of Paris, Piaf reached the summits of artistic achievement and international celebrity before dying of cancer at age 47, her body wracked by decades of […]

  • From France, with Self-Love

    Less politically engaged and geographically far-flung than usual, Lincoln Center’s spotty Rendez-Vous With French Cinema insinuates that a nation of filmmakers is forging inward with fiercer self-determination than ever before. An off-putting amour propre may linger in the program’s air, but this year’s sampling of Gallic cinema is not without its pleasures, not least of […]

  • A Pre-VD Love Bomb with Diamanda Galás

    SYNOPSIS: In which your Uncle LD is honored by the regal presence of Diamanda: the brain, voice, heart and soul (in the secular sense, natch) of contemporary experimental vocal music. Songs are dissected and played, and her glorious Valentine’s Day Massacre (in which the internationally acclaimed Diva shreds favorite love songs in the third of […]