Piaf & Dietrich

Jayne Lewis and Louise Pitre as Dietrich and Piaf. Photo by Cyllla von Tiedemann

OMFG these two are a massive delight. And both are mezzos. And both are charismatic actresses in their fifties. Properly done casting.

Jayne Lewis and Lousie Pitre as Marlene Dietrich and Louise Pitre as Edith Piaf in Mirvish-produced Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair at the CAA Theatre until mid-December. According to this play – Erin Shields adapted the original, German-Austrian cabaret revue – they did have an affair which formed the basis of a life-long friendship. There is a bed scene, and it’s mAHvelous.

That’s my one musical theatre visit per year, done. I may return for another go, though. You just want to stay in the company of these two.

EDITED TO ADD:

Two different styles, can’t be more apart. And yet.

Almost 60% of professional musicians have suffered from mental health problems

Almost 60% of professional musicians have suffered from mental health problems

…and almost half have experienced problems with alcohol, according to a survey by Help Musicians UK. “Money problems and work insecurity cause almost as much concern as anti-social hours”:

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The report states that many have found the available NHS help inadequate and have sought private health care. I have no idea what freelancers in Canada (or the US) do since our medicare does not include psychological care and preventive medicine and only the workers in jobs with medical benefits have access to those through the employer’s benefits plan.