Isabelle Georges – Amour Amor – Théâtre La Bruyère, Paris

amouramorIsabelle Georges performs Amour Amor at the Théâtre La Bruyère, Paris until 20 August.

Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Barely three weeks after her successful London debut at the St James Theatre, Isabelle Georges is back in Paris with her brand new show Amour Amor at the Théâtre La Bruyère for a summer season until 20 August.

Georges performs on the same stage as she gave us Broadway Enchanté two years ago and last season the original musical 24 heures de la vie d’une femme. The actress and singer, together with her stage and life partner Fréderik Steenbrink and two gifted musicians – Édouard Pennes (guitar, double bass and trumpet) and Adrien Sanchez (sax, flute, percussion and piano) – are treating us to a celebration of love as seen through the lens of some famous and lesser known French songs and text.

Though she is better known for bringing Broadway to the French public, Georges is this time trading Gershwin and Cole Porter for Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Georges Moustaki, with a visit to Henri Salvador with ‘Mademoiselle’.

Surprisingly, the romantic moments are far and few between as the general tone of the show is definitely leaning more towards humour and seduction (there’s even some pole dancing to ‘Il m’a vue nue’).

More on the romantic side is Steenbrink’s impressive rendition of Sacha Distel’s ‘La belle vie’ and his duet with Georges to ‘Les nuits d’une demoiselle’.

As part of an eclectic selection there is the unavoidable ‘My Man’ and a jazzy version of ‘Que reste-t-il de nos amours’. The quartet choose ‘Le tourbillon de la vie’ as an encore, the very song the musicians are joking about at the beginning of the show.

The jazzy and always inventive arrangements of Cyrille Lehn, Georges’ frequent collaborator, succeed in making any tired material seem fresh as paint. Axel Boursier’s sexy costumes, Nils Zachariasen’s staging and the lighting of Jacques Rouveyrollis all contribute to a high quality, albeit different, musical journey with Georges not to be missed during any visit to Paris this summer.

Patrick Honoré

www.theatrelabruyere.com

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