Sunday, April 8, 2012

Edith Piaf...Maria Elena Infantino tribute to chanteuse!! A Celebration on 50th Anniversary of death!

On the 50th Anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf, the City of West Hollywood (through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission) is partly funding a tribute to be performed by charismatic stage entertainer Maria Elena Infantino.

The much-anticipated live performances - which also feature accompanist Georgi Slachev - will take place at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre (at the Lee Strasberg Institute) April 12th - April 14th.

The extraordinary life and and music of the remarkable star will be the main focus of the limited engagement.

Ms. Piaf was born Edith Giovanna Gassion on December 19th, 1915.

The chanteuse passed to spirit on October 11th, 1963.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop denied Piaf a funeral mass because of her lifestyle.

But, he snub was of little consequence to her fans.

After all, her funeral procession drew tens-of-thousands of mourners into the  bustling streets of Paris, while the weepy ceremony at the cemetery attracted at least 100,000 fans overcome with great sadness at the music world's significant loss.

Ms. Piaf was known for her ballads and became widely regarded as France's National popular singer in her heyday.

Among her best-know songs are "La Vie en rose" (1946), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "La Foule" (1957), "l'Accordéoniste" (1955), and "Padam... Padam..." (1951).

Over the years, there have been numerous plays and films written about Piaf' tragic life.

Today, a two-room museum in Paris - the Musee Edith Piaf - is dedicated to her as well.

The upcoming production won't want for material that's for sure.

Break a leg, Ms. Infantino, eh?



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