“Les rêves qui les hantent...
the dreams that haunt them…”

Jacques Brel, Lyricist
"Expansive and yearning production... surprises in its scope and potency"
Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune
"Deconstructed, then rebuilt from the ground up... showcases Brel's talents for a whole new generation"
John Coulbourn
Toronto Sun
"Given fresh life... elegantly staged"
J. Kelly Nestruck
The Globe and Mail
"Note perfect - nothing rings false, flat or hollow"
Robert Reid
The Record

Director's Note

Aside from directing at Canada’s renowned Stratford Festival, I was blessed to have collaborated with a stellar group of artists on this gem of a musical revue celebrating the songs of Jacques Brel. A highlight of the experience was working with the incomparable Brent Carver. He seemed to me to be a performer born somewhat not of this world (in the best sense). Brent was a sensitive and powerful artist whose creative instincts never ceased to amaze me.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Production Conception, English Lyrics & Additional Material: Eric Blau & Mort Shuman

Music: Jacques Brel

Original Lyrics: Jacques Brel

Musical Direction: Laura Burton

Musical Supervisor/Musical Arrangements: Rick Fox

Musical Staging: Todd L. Underwood

Set & Costume Designer: Katherine Lubienski

Lighting: Steven Hawkins

Sound: Peter McBoyle

Producer: Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Theatre: Tom Patterson Theatre