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EDITH PIAF, JE VOUS AIME... - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING (STAGE 9101)

Continuing Stage Door's 'Cast Album Masters Series' is the CD debut of the 'Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime..." Original 1977 London Cast Recording. 

Devised by Canadian performer Libby Morris, 'Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime...' was a musical revue based around the songs of the legendary French chanteuse. Sung primarily in English, the production featured lyrics specially adapted by American lyricist and poet Fran Landesman (with additional lyrics by Peter Reeves and Ronnie Bridges). Morris, a musical theatre veteran whose credits include 'Gypsy', 'Mame' and 'As Dorothy Parker Parker Once Said' (an original London revue written for her by Sandy Wilson), was inspired to write and produce the revue after seeing Piaf perform on stage in the 1950s. Reflecting in 1977, Libby Morris said; 

"The images of these wonderful numbers started to formulate in my mind yet again, and the idea came to me then and there. Why not present a musical revue of these songs on stage ... to be sung by a group of people representing different facets of the Piaf personna; and sung in a dramatic, theatrical style - with movement, lighting and so on? Present Piaf through her music, and mostly in English, so that these memorable songs will have a wider understanding and appeal. This could be a way of making her live again, and getting her out of those plastic covered anthologies. So - after a very long time, lots of collating, co-ordinating and coaxing - I devised "EDITH PIAF, je vous aime..." a musical tribute to an artist I adored. "

Directed by Jonathan Heawood, the production opened at London's King's Head Theatre in February 1977 before transferring in June to the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre for a limited season. Following the show's limited London run, Libby Morris took the production to South Africa, Canada and revisited the production for a London revival at the May Fair Theatre in 1990.

Alongside Libby Morris, 'Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime...' starred Maureen Scott (London: 'Kings and Clowns', 'A Day in Hollywood - A Night in the Ukraine', 'Hello, Dolly!', 'Annie Get Your Gun') Peter Reeves (London: 'Ann Veronica', 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', 'Sugar Babies') and Clifton Todd (London: 'Maggie', 'Kismet').

An Original London Cast Album produced by Norman Newell was recorded in April 1977. Released as a 2LP set, the 'Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime...' Original London Cast Album now makes its debuts on CD, digitally remastered from the original Pye Records master tapes.

The 'Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime...' Original London Cast Album is licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. and is a limited edition pressing of 500 units only.

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 22nd, 2024
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9101
BARCODE:
505512219108

 

 
EDITH PIAF, JE VOUS AIME - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING

DISC ONE
1. OVERTURE: MY LOST MELODY / HYMNE A L'AMOUR / LA VIE EN ROSE / LES TROIS CLOCHES
2. UNDER THE PARIS SKIES (Sous Le Ciel de Paris) - Full Company
3. LITTLE SPARROW OF PARIS (Toujours Aimer) - Full Company
4. MY FRIEND JOHN (La Goulante de Pauvre Jean) - Clifton Todd, Libby Morris, Maureen Scott / MILORD - Maureen Scott
5. THE ACCORDIONIST (L'Accordeoniste) - Peter Reeves
6. IN AMSTERDAM (C'est a Hambourg) -Libby Morris
7. LOVERS IN PARIS (Les Amants de Paris) - Maureen Scott, Peter Reeves, Clifton Todd
8. IT'S LOVELY, LOVING YOU (Il Fait Bon t'Aimer) - Clifton Todd
9. IF YOU LOVE ME, I WON'T CARE (Hymnne a l'Amour) - Libby Morris
LA VIE EN ROSE (Louiguy / Piaf) - Libby Morris
10. LOVE IS LIKE CHAMPAGNE (Mon Manege a Moi) - Maureen Scott
11. I HOPE (Faut Pas Qu'il Se Figure) - Libby Morris
12. AN EXCEPTIONAL SPRING (Il y avait) - Maureen Scott, Clifton Todd
13. STRANGE TOWN (La Ville Inconnue) - Peter Reeves
14. BESIDE MY LEGIONNAIRE (Mon Legionnaire) - Maureen Scott
15. THE CROWD (La Foule) - Libby Morris, Peter Reeves
16. THE DEVIL WHO DANCED (La Diable de la Bastille) - Libby Morris
17. IN A WORLD OF OUR OWN (Les Gens) - Peter Reeves
18. THE RIGHT TO LOVE (Le Droit D'Aimer) - Libby Morris and Company
19. LA VIE, L'AMOUR - Full Company

DISC TWO
1. PADAM, PADAM - Full Company
2. I DON'T CARE (Je m'en Fous Pas Mal) - Maureen Scott
3. GYPSY BOY (Le Gitan et la Fille) - Clifton Todd
4. SONG OF CATHERINE (La Chanson de Catherine) - Peter Reeves
5. POOR, LOST LOUISE (Margot Coeur Gros) - Peter Reeves, Clifton Todd
6. LES FLONFLONS DU BAL - Libby Morris
7. BRAVO FOR THE CLOWN (Bravo Pour le Clown) - Full Company
8. MY LOST MELODY - Libby Morris and Full Company
9. TWO PEOPLE KISS (Dans leur Baiser) - Clifton Todd
10. THE LOVERS (Les Amants d'un Jour) - Peter Reeves
11. PLEASE GOD (Mon Dieu) - Maureen Scott
12. IN THE WAITING ROOM (La Salle d'Attente) - Libby Morris, Maureen Scott
13. HANDS (Les Mains) - Peter Reeves
14. THE WHITE SHIRTS (Les Blouses Blanches) - Libby Morris
15. CRI DU COEUR - Libby Morris
16. THE WAY LOVES GOES (A quoi ca sert l'amour) - Libby Morris, Clifton Todd
17. NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN - Full Company
18. LA VIE L'AMOUR (Reprise) - Full Company

This album1977 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG company
Licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

 

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