Internationally acclaimed French singer Anne Carrere stars as chanteuse Edith Piaf in the musical Piaf! The Show, happening for one night only March 20 at the Royal Theatre. Photo by Elena Nenkova

Powerfully Piaf: Musical tells chanteuse’s life story

Multimedia French cabaret show March 20 at the Royal Theatre part of a worldwide tour

Those who appreciate the soulful songs of Edith Piaf are in for a treat March 20, when acclaimed French singer Anne Carrere and Piaf! The Show come to the Royal Theatre for one night as part of an extended world tour.

This dramatic multimedia musical theatre show, inspired by the movie La Vie en Rose, narrates Piaf’s life story through her music in two 45-minute acts. Accompanying Carrere’s haunting vocals and uncanny renditions of the legendary French chanteuse’s songs will be a visual tapestry of photos and images from Paris during the Piaf era.

The show, which premiered in 2015, takes the audience on a journey from the streets of Piaf’s hometown of Montmartre during the time of “La Vie en Rose,” to her singing in Parisian cafes, to the world’s biggest concert stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The highlight of the American leg of the 300-city global tour for Carrere and company came when they performed the show Jan. 6, 2017 at Carnegie Hall, 60 years to the day after Piaf played the historic venue for a final time.

A celebration of both Piaf’s work and the French cabaret style made popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this production of Piaf! The Show has sold a million tickets in 50 countries worldwide.

Tickets for this 8 p.m. show at the Royal run $63.50 and $73.50, available online at rmts.bc.ca, by phone at 250-386-6121 or in person at the Royal or McPherson theatre box offices. For other information on the show, visit piaf-theshow.com.



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