Camelot will be offering two wonderful productions, both taking place in France: Spotlight on Edith Piaf, June 5 – 15 and the multiple Tony Award Winning musical, Les Miserables, June 25 – August 3!
Spotlight on Edith Piaf * June 5 – 15
Starring Pat O’Scannell/Directed and Narrated by Presila Quinby/Script by Andi Slavin
Best known for her signature song, La Vie en Rose, Edith Piaf, the French Chanteuse, was an international singing sensation from the 1930’s until her death in 1963. Her uniquely expressive voice conveyed a lifetime of love won and lost. Piaf’s talents also included a successful songwriting career with her friend and collaborator, Marguerite Monnot. Together, they were the first female songwriting team in France to achieve such a high level of success.
Americans had several opportunities to see the ‘little sparrow,’ as she was called, during her eight appearances on the Ed Sullivan show. Piaf brought light to subject matter that was considered risque in her time. The lyrics she chose to sing were tender stories about the lives of prostitutes, gritty stories of the realities of war and lush ballads of romance.
An independent woman who lived by her own rules, Piaf eloquently expressed her feelings in the song No, Je Ne Regrette Rien, declaring, “No, I regret nothing.”
Les Miserables * June 25 – August 3
Book by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg/Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg/Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Now an Academy Award winning film, this international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world! Opening in 1987, Les Miserables ran over 6,000 performances and won multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
In 19th century France, when Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread, he finds nothing but mistrust and mistreatment. After rescuing the daughter of the doomed Fantine, Valjean breaks parole in the hope of starting a new life. He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.
Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette.