Critically acclaimed ‘Piaf! The Show’ coming to Scottsdale stage

A view of Pilaf! The Show that is scheduled to appear in Scottsdale later this month. (Special to the Independent)

A view of Piaf! The Show that is scheduled to appear in Scottsdale later this month. (Special to the Independent)

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the internationally acclaimed Piaf! The Show Saturday, Oct. 22, as part of its 2016-17 Discovery Series exploring the arts and culture of France.

Starring vocalist Anne Carrere, “Piaf! The Show” celebrates the life and music of legendary French actress and singer Edith Piaff (1915–1963).

In two 45-minute acts, the multimedia show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her classic songs and never-before-seen photographs.

Ms. Carrere and a quartet of musicians on piano, percussion, accordion and double bass take the audience on an unforgettable journey through the streets of Paris during the time of “La Vie en rose.”

Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla, Piaf! The Show premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Little Sparrow of Montmartre” on the centennial of Ms. Piaf’s birthday. It has become a worldwide success, packing theaters and earning rave reviews, with Carrere hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress.” Piaf!

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