May 11 – New York – Gay Marshall brings her acclaimed concert, Gay Marshall Sings PIAF, back to the Metropolitan Room on Friday, May 20th at 7pm, featuring music from her Billboard Top World Album, Gay Marshall sings PIAF la vie l’amour. Her vivacious and wholly original take on Édith Piaf presents the iconic star as a versatile powerhouse of heartwarming and heartbreaking emotion. Full of personality and humor, Marshall delivers the dramatic repertoire – including her own English adaptations – with stirring authenticity, and not a hint of imitation. Her song selection is an unusual mix of the well known (L’Accordeoniste and Padam Padam) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with superb accompaniment by Tracy Stark. Metropolitan Room is at 34 West 22nd Street, NYC. Phone 212.206.0440 for reservations or to purchase online, visit:
“An enchanting performer who sings with heart stirring transparency and possesses some of Piaf’s spirit as well as the throbbing mixture of steel and cotton in the voice.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Marshall recently starred in Piaf: A Centennial Celebration at Town Hall, produced by Daniel Nardicio, It Was a Very Good Year at Carnegie Hall, produced by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and Scott Siegel’s Edith Piaf: An All Star Celebration at 54 Below. She’ll be featured in the benefit, Night of a Thousand Judys, on June 6th at Merkin Hall.
“A definitive Piaf interpreter, diminutive but mighty Gay Marshall, resounded in spirit and song with ‘Pigalle,’ ‘La Foule’ and ‘L’Accordeoniste.’ “ Sandi Durell, Theater Pizzazz
“She interpreted the unfolding, emotional narratives in ‘Pigalle’ and ‘L’Accordeoniste’ with moving depth.” Beck Feibelman, The Clyde Fitch Report
Gay Marshall played Diana Morales in A Chorus Line on Broadway (a role she left to move to Paris, where she married photographer and Man on Wire accomplice, Jean Louis Blondeau), and originated the role of Grizabella in the French production of Cats. Her one woman show, If I Were Me…, about her experiences of being an American living among the French, was voted #2 On The Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her first show about Piaf, titled La Vie l’Amour, played successful engagements at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Dayton’s Victory Theater and The Missouri Rep.
Marshall’s Edinburgh Fringe show, and runs in The Baker’s Wife at Goodspeed, The Papermill Playhouse and The York Theatre led her back to New York, where she re-captured the attention of New York audiences with her performance in the Zipper Theater’s revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris.
Cabaret Scenes described the debut of her show, PIAF: Queen of Heart as “mesmerizing,” and wrote, “Gay Marshall amazes at every turn as she embodies the passion, spirit, joy, humor and tragedy of Piaf.” BistroAwards.com wrote, “Marshall fiercely inhabits every song.”
Gay Marshall’s CD, Gay Marshall sings PIAF la vie l’amour, is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other digital retailers.
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