Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York
Written by Floanne Ankah & Alice Jankell
Directed by Alice Jankell
Piano: Audrey Saint-Gil, Accordion: Kate Dunphy
Guitar: Marcel Van Dam, Percussion: Alby Roblejo
Saturday, Jan 21/Feb 18/Mar 17 at 9:30
Thursday, April 19/May 17/Jun 21 at 9:30
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 Tickets $20.00, 2 drinks minimum (212) 206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com
French actress and singer Floanne Ankah recounts the Piaf story. This authentic ‘chanteuse’ and farm girl opens the door to her culture, by taking a closer look at the legendary ‘Little Sparrow’ —with that husky, mournful voice so popular in the 1940’ and 50’s. The performance is a culturally rich and moving presenta- tion that will make you smile, with tunes transporting you to other times and places.
Yes, both Floanne and Edith Piaf will be attending the rendez-vous in a medley of vintage tunes from their native France... with a modern twist. She will embody the legend, interpreting the melodies from her point of view as a child, imagining Piaf’s characters coming to life. Down to earth, sensual and bohemian as her belo- ved Edith, Floanne will make you discover her poignant music and share her unconventional life.
Floanne has been reviving the tradition of French Music Hall, performing her Chanson, as well as original compositions, with top jazz and cabaret artists. She is returning at the Metropolitan Room for a monthly resi- dency, after a succesful run in 2011. This marks Floanne’s first time collaboration with theater director Alice Jankell, who is lending a cutting edge presentation to the cabaret form, as well as musical director Audrey Saint-Gil who is no less than Floanne’s opera coach: the promise of an unconventional cabaret presentation... Will you join us for the evening?
Floanne is the French Madonna —TimeOut NY The youthful twenties-something performed with abundant energy. Her enthusiasm and palpable bliss bes-
poke genuine enchantement with her subject. —Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes
A new «little sparrow» has landed. Ankah infuses her daringly dramatic evocation of Piaf’s art with a contemporary energy and rhythm. —Broadway World
Floanne is a New York actress working on stage, film and television (Then She Found Me, One Life to Live, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), her voice is featured on major feature films and numerous intenational com- mercials, she has performed at venues such as The Public Theater and the Guggenheim Museum. Her vocal repertoire includes French classics, and original compositions, she continunes to train her opera voice as a coloratura soprano with April Evans. Floanne worked with director Daniel Isengart, and has performed her critically acclaimed cabaret at monthly residencies around town and on NPR: www.floanne.com