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A Night in Paris - Adelaide Fringe 2021 Review

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The promise of a magic night in Paris
Traveling plans were cancelled or postponed to next year for many of us. And many people were supposed to embrace Paris this summer… but sometimes life has other plans and regardless of everything that happens, we shall always have those moments and beautiful memories from France and nothing can ever change that - we'll always have Paris! So remember if you can't go to France, France will come to you and let music be your guide for a magical night in Paris!

A Night in Paris is an award-winning musical show celebrating some of the greatest French song-writers through a selection of iconic and timeless songs.

Winner of an Adelaide Fringe Music Award in 2018, Louise Blackwell, talented singer and authentic interpreter of French songs, is accompanied by The French Set, a four-piece ensemble of some of Adelaide's finest musicians: Mark Simeon Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on double bass and Josh Baldwin on drums. Together they perform a finely selected repertoire of songs by French legends such as Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Yves Montand, and so many more.

A night in Paris by Louise Blackwell and the French Set
A night in Paris with Louise Blackwell

The result is simply magic, taking us on a journey, discovering Paris…. The romantic city where lovers share kisses on the public benches, where music fills the air and gives tone to the words… in the streets, in the metro, in the different arrondissements…Montparnasse, Champs Elysée, Saint-Michel, Bastille, Châtelet… along the Seine, exploring the right and the left bank à bicyclette (by bike), flirting with the Parisian artistic scene filled with musicians, poets and intellectuals, stopping at a café terrasse to listen to music surrounded by Parisians, tourists and a few jolies mômes (pretty girls), spending the night out on the town, appreciating the thrilling sounds of jazz!

Louise Blackwell and the French set
Louise Blackwell and the French set

A Night in Paris is a musical show of imagination and experimentation where we can live and breathe the effervescence of the Parisian music scene. Thanks to Louise Blackwell and the French set, we are traveling back in time when the music embraced the Parisians cafes and bars, their surroundings, the crowd, the endless little paved streets, the atmosphere, the cabaret, the little theatres, Le Chat Noir, l'Olympia… a time when all these mythical places in Paris added this je ne sais quoi to the songs being performed… something of their own existing aura.

And it is no surprise that Louise Blackwell, spent many years living in Paris. She sang in many renowned clubs of the Paris jazz scene, working with top jazz musicians and recording three albums: The Blue Lou Quartet (2001), Sea is Turning (2007) and Paris Hop (2014) and so was A Night in Paris born.

A night in Paris by Louise Blackwell
Louise Blackwell

Her love for Paris is palpable and she knows how to set a Parisian ambience during the whole performance. With her unique tone of voice and her strong presence on stage, Louise was made to sing Piaf, Brel, Brassens and Montand. She tells stories of this great city where she lived and which was once inhabited by these legends of the French variety cabaret scene. Each song is introduced, with some interesting anecdotes and background, a bit of translation here and there, often with humour. Some stories are deeply moving, and the words and the lyrics resonate even better in the audience imagination.

With Louise and the French Set, we are embarking on a wonderful journey with an authentic feel of the Parisian cultural legacy so we can truly experience a magical night in Paris. You will smile, you will cry, you will experience a range of feelings because the lyrics are beautiful, the words are powerful, music will speak to you in a deeply moving way…. What a voice, what a sound!

A Night in Paris is a must-see for anyone who loves beautiful words, fantastic music, cabaret show, jazz, Paris and the great names of the French music repertoire.

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Sounds like the next best way to experience Paris during COVD
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2478) 53 days ago
Where is it on at and how much, can’t see any details of it
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