The cast of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” will present the musical revue at Oregon Stage Works.

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Oregon Stage Works will present the musical revue, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."

Created by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman with music by Jacques Brel, the show was an Off-Broadway sensation in the late 1960s. Artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra and Sting have been drawn to cover Brel's songs.

Doyne Mraz will direct. The production opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

The four performers who bring the songs' characters and stories to life — Tamara Marston, Joelle Graves, Roger Graves and Erik Connolly — have appeared in musicals, sung as solists for choral groups on a number of Rogue Valley stages.

Director Mraz has directed in theaters in California and has taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Musical director Laurie Anne Hunter, who made her Lincoln Center debut in 1992, has served locally as musical director for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Southern Oregon University's Department of Theatre Arts.

The show's stage manager is Olivia Todd. Choreography is by Tara Watkins, with lighting design by Roger Graves and projections and sound design by Nick Berch. Brandon Schilling is in charge of scenic design and graffiti art; Jeanne Marniak is the show's documenter.

"Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" will play at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 27 through Oct. 14 and then from Oct. 26 through Nov. 4.

Tickets are $25 ($12 for students 21 and under) at Grocery Outlet in Medford and the Music Coop in Ashland.

The theater will offer two special Senior Nights on Sunday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 4. Tickets will be available for $15 to all seniors 65 and over.

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