La Vie En Rose

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Sat Nov 23, 8:00pm
Fri Nov 29, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 01, 8:00pm
Fri Dec 06, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 08, 8:00pm
Thu Dec 12, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 14, 8:00pm

Grammy-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes travels back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak, La Vie en Rose marks her farewell series of concert performances. In French. Nov. 2 thought Dec, 14. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025; $25-$40; (310) 477-2055 www.OdysseyTheatre.com.

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Migenes utilizes her lower register to great effect. She has a commanding stage presence and an uncanny sense of phrasing and a keen appreciation for delivering life’s hard-fought battles and harder-won truths.

sweet - Steve Gottfried - Metro Source - ...read full review


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I feel honored to have been able to hear her sing last night works from several of the most noted singers of chansons, including works by Maurice Yvain, Georges Moustaki, Léo Ferré, Francis Lai, Michel Legrand sung by noted singers such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznovour, Jacques Brel and others.

The red-haired beauty not only interprets these with great finesse, but provides her audience with a short-course about who the composers and singers were:

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

It was with this song that an aperçu came to me: Here was the exception, a song about women of a certain privileged standing, who like the others have their problems and passing love affairs, but who can afford to gather with their friends and socialize at cafés with a dance band. The other songs on the program, and really the ones we most associate with the genre, bring out the essentially working-class character of women whose lives don’t afford them a wide array of choices—for example, to get up and leave the man who beats them and has other lovers on the side.

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

I fell for her big back in 2015 in Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill, admired her Debussy: His Letters and His Music in 2017, and now I hope against hope that La Vie en Rose isn’t really the last time I get to applaud her.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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Music elicits the entire spectrum of human emotion and what she did was magical, telling personal stories from her astounding career and transporting the audience to the romantic Paris that no longer exists, of Edith Piaf, Picasso, Jacques Brel, Hemingway, Charles Aznavour, because in those songs it will always exist.

It takes courage to do this show. She has nothing left to prove. And she’s doing it only here. N’est-ce pas?

sweet - Charles Andrews - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


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Julia’s show is extremely charming and very moody. Also, it only holds a running time of some seventy-five minutes. This isn’t enough time to really get the grasp of Julia’s true musical approach. She holds a portfolio of various styles of tunes and singing...

Even through Julia is stating a “goodbye”, let’s hope she returns to do another set of tunes to top off this farewell, or a farewell for the time being.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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Julia Migenes is one of those rare divas whose singing is superior, whose acting would pass the Stanislavsky test, and who looks like the part she’s playing. Her justly celebrated Carmen on film already proves these assertions — she sings, acts, and dances so supremely well in this, that any one of her triple threats would be worth the price of admission. The same could be said for her atonal Lulu in Berg’s titular opera (of which she gives us an amusing hint in this program), her Salome, danced with all the allure and precision of a prima ballerina, and so on and on through Puccini, musical comedy and multiple Grammy awards.

sweet - Barry Creyton - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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Migenes utilizes her lower register to great effect. She has a commanding stage presence and an uncanny sense of phrasing and a keen appreciation for delivering life’s hard-fought battles and harder-won truths.

sweet - Steve Gottfried - Metro Source - ...read full review


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I feel honored to have been able to hear her sing last night works from several of the most noted singers of chansons, including works by Maurice Yvain, Georges Moustaki, Léo Ferré, Francis Lai, Michel Legrand sung by noted singers such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznovour, Jacques Brel and others.

The red-haired beauty not only interprets these with great finesse, but provides her audience with a short-course about who the composers and singers were:

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

It was with this song that an aperçu came to me: Here was the exception, a song about women of a certain privileged standing, who like the others have their problems and passing love affairs, but who can afford to gather with their friends and socialize at cafés with a dance band. The other songs on the program, and really the ones we most associate with the genre, bring out the essentially working-class character of women whose lives don’t afford them a wide array of choices—for example, to get up and leave the man who beats them and has other lovers on the side.

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

I fell for her big back in 2015 in Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill, admired her Debussy: His Letters and His Music in 2017, and now I hope against hope that La Vie en Rose isn’t really the last time I get to applaud her.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar

Music elicits the entire spectrum of human emotion and what she did was magical, telling personal stories from her astounding career and transporting the audience to the romantic Paris that no longer exists, of Edith Piaf, Picasso, Jacques Brel, Hemingway, Charles Aznavour, because in those songs it will always exist.

It takes courage to do this show. She has nothing left to prove. And she’s doing it only here. N’est-ce pas?

sweet - Charles Andrews - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


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Julia’s show is extremely charming and very moody. Also, it only holds a running time of some seventy-five minutes. This isn’t enough time to really get the grasp of Julia’s true musical approach. She holds a portfolio of various styles of tunes and singing...

Even through Julia is stating a “goodbye”, let’s hope she returns to do another set of tunes to top off this farewell, or a farewell for the time being.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar

Julia Migenes is one of those rare divas whose singing is superior, whose acting would pass the Stanislavsky test, and who looks like the part she’s playing. Her justly celebrated Carmen on film already proves these assertions — she sings, acts, and dances so supremely well in this, that any one of her triple threats would be worth the price of admission. The same could be said for her atonal Lulu in Berg’s titular opera (of which she gives us an amusing hint in this program), her Salome, danced with all the allure and precision of a prima ballerina, and so on and on through Puccini, musical comedy and multiple Grammy awards.

sweet - Barry Creyton - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review