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Monday, December 1, 2008

Piaf: Love Conquers All


a passionate one woman musical drama by Roger Peace with 13 French songs originally performed by Edith Piaf

presented by Tone Poet Productions

A story of courage and love, Edith Piaf lived to sing. Her life and songs are interchangeable.

Her place in history irreplaceable.


Naomi Emmerson as Edith Piaf, piano: John Gilbert

Associate Director: Adam Blanshay

Location: Centaur Theatre, 453 St Franˆßois-Xavier, Old Montreal (Metro: Place D'Armes), Quebec H2Y 2T1 Canada

Dates: January 28th ’Äì February 8th 2009

Times: Matinee: Wed., Sat. & Sun. 3pm,

Evening: Wed., Thur., Fri., Sat. 7:30pm

Tickets: General Admission $36.50 - $42.00 (tax included), Seniors $36.50

Students/Theatre Professionals: $30.00, Group Rate (10+) $36.50,

Student or Senior Groups (15+) $27.50, Rush tickets (10 per show one hour before curtain) $24.00 cash only

(prices include GST and QST. Ticket charges will apply)

Box Office: (514) 288-3161

Click below to see the Promo Video on You Tube

Show Synopsis

The Off- Broadway hit, Piaf: Love Conquers All presents the life and loves of the remarkable French singer who stood only 4'10". Born in 1915 in the streets of Paris in abject poverty, she rose to international stardom. Her voice is unique and her music reaches through generations and across oceans. Though extremely successful, she struggled with morphine addiction and alcohol abuse. Rheumatism crippled her health, but she never stopped singing. Through Peace's intimate and touching script Ms. Emmerson, as Piaf, invites the audience to share a cocktail while she shares anecdotes of her passion for men, music and morphine. Some of Piaf's most famous songs "La Vie En Rose", "Milord", "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien" - are presented in French and are beautifully supported by live acoustic piano. Runs approximately 105 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission.

Tone Poet Productions (formerly LVR Productions) with Naomi Emmerson as the Artistic Producer and Jake Langley as President, was created in Toronto, Canada in 2005 to present the production Piaf: Love Conquers All at The Toronto Fringe Festival. It was picked as "Top Ten of The Fringe" and tickets sold out! The production then toured Ontario and Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2006 to great success. The Company is now based in Brooklyn and was honored to present the USA Premiere of this bilingual drama as part of the FringeNYC. The production was awarded "Outstanding Musical" and was chosen to participate in The Fringe Encore Series. It had its official Off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse and ran for 10 weeks in 2007-2008. It played at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and then in the Philippines. Piaf: Love Conquers All was written in 1992 and was first performed by Patsy Gallant in Montreal at the Diligence Dinner Theatre then at The Place Des Arts. Ms. Emmerson first performed it in Toronto in 1993 at the Limelight Supper Club.

Review quotes:

"Emmerson brings audiences just about as close to the real-life woman as they may ever get." Curtain Up

"Emmerson possesses a remarkable voice’Ķthe "Little Sparrow" in Piaf flies." Village Voice

"’Ķ gorgeous singing’Ķmakes the songs fresh and powerful."

"Emmerson delivers a true tour de force performance’Ķtruly a theatrical force to be reckoned with"

"a bewitching work of heart and soul." Cabaret Exchange

"Emmerson's stunningly passionate portrayal of Piaf transcends any language." Curtain Up

"4 stars"- she's hard to look away from." Time Out New York

"Emmerson’Ķpaints a portrait of a real person, and you'll regret rien by seeing her." The Toronto Star

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