Old-timers and Cleveland theater fans alike have a soft spot in their hearts for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Produced by Ray Shepardson in the lobby of the State Theatre in 1973, the musical revue ran for 522 performances — not only providing some much-needed live downtown entertainment, but planting the seed that eventually grew into the revival of the Playhouse Square district, which is now the largest theater complex in the USA outside of New York City.
So no wonder there's a buzz about the fact that Jacques Brell is returning to Cleveland. The limited engagement is set for June 21 through July 1, at PlayhouseSquare’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Jacques Brel RETURNS is a new "en cabaret" production featuring highlights from the original. It has been playing to sold-out crowds at the Triad Theater in NYC for more than a year.