By Deb J
Joelle Rabu brings her extraordinary song interpretations of famed French singer, Edith Piaf, to The Red Room, Act II Entertainment, in early February. Edith Piaf (1915-1963), was a famous French cabaret singer who became widely regarded as one of France’s greatest international stars. Her music was often autobiographical with her singing reflecting her life with ballads of love, loss and sorrow.
For over 30 years, Joelle Rabu has been writing and performing musicals about the life and music of Edith Piaf. Joëlle believes there was only one Piaf and considers it a privilege to perform her songs and to be accepted by the public who knew Edith.
Joëlle Rabu, herself, reflects Canada. Her childhood in Winnipeg and Vancouver Island, her Breton parents and her travels around the world have made her feel the cultural diversity of Canada. Joëlle was brought up ‘à la française’ (in the French way), with a lust for life and ‘joie de vivre'(with an enjoyment of life) that can only be understood by living it. She has traveled throughout five continents and speaks several languages. The songs of Piaf were engraved in her heart at a very early age and the stories from Joëlle’s gypsy-like parents only enhanced her curiosity of that very special era.
Joelle began her singing career in 1983 with a musical about the life of Edith Piaf. Having performed her first show over 500 times, she met national success, winning the Jessie Award twice.
In 1985, Joelle toured with a bilingual show ‘Joelle Rabu in Concert’. She toured China, England, Eastern Europe, Canada, Africa and the United States with the show. Beginning in 1989, she performed, ‘Tonight…Piaf,’ a bilingual musical drama written by Ted Galay and herself that recreates Edith Piaf’s final New York concert at the Waldorf Astoria in 1961.
In 1994, with the composer and musician J. Douglas Dodd, she presented ‘Symphony in Sound and Light: Reflections of Canada,’ which told stories in the form of letters, diaries and conversations about fictitious Canadians. For over 5 years, viewers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa heard the voice of Joelle Rabu, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a choir of 120 voices.
It’s been a few years, but many will remember Joelle and her son Nico, who accompanies her on piano, performing in Puerto Vallarta. Joelle’s award winning portrayal of the legendary French songbird will captivate, delight and entertain you.
The critics have hailed her as being Piaf in voice and style. With only a few shows scheduled in Puerto Vallarta, buy your tickets now. Tickets are available at vallartatickets.com or at the Act II Entertainment box office.
Whatever your age or musical preferences, you’ll find that the songs of Edith Piaf will remain engraved in your soul . Piaf’s story is one that yearns to be told time and time again, for it is a story of embracing life without fear. Joelle Rabu tells the story superbly.