Gay Marshall brings “Gay’s Paree” to Pangea this Fall

Photo by Jean Louis Blondeau

Actress and singer, Gay Marshall, brings her original show, Gay’s Paree, to downtown’s alternative supper-club, Pangea, this fall. Marshall’s real-life experiences of singing all over Paris, to varying degrees of adventure, delight and misery, unfold through songs by Charles Aznavour, Boris Vian, Francis Lemarque, Dave Frishberg Jacques Brel, and Edith Piaf in both French and English, featuring Marshall’s own English adaptations. From the streets, to dives and chic cabarets and nightclubs, boats on the Seine, private concerts and splendid theaters, Gay’s Paree includes stories of some of Marshall’s most interesting encounters in the City of Light. Musical Director Ian Herman on piano. Shows are at 7 PM on October 18th and 25th (Tuesdays), and November 2nd and 9th (Wednesdays). Pangea is in the East Village at 178 Second Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets. Tickets are $20.00 (plus online fee) in advance, and $25.00 at the door. Advance purchase is highly recommended.

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“An enchanting performer who could be said to represent, well, France. To hear her sing with heart-stirring transparency is to experience Brel’s art in its purest and most persuasive form.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“A celebrated and gifted interpreter of Edith Piaf.”  – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Gay Marshall starred as Diana Morales in A Chorus Line on Broadway, a role she left to move to Paris where she married photographer and Man on Wire accomplice, Jean Louis Blondeau. She originated the role of Grizabella in the French production of Cats. Her one woman show, If I Were Me…, was voted #2 On The Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Marshall’s first show about Édith Piaf (of whom she is considered a foremost interpreter), La Vie l’Amour, played successful engagements at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Dayton’s Victory Theater and The Missouri Rep. Marshall’s Fringe show, and runs in The Baker’s Wife at Goodspeed, The Papermill Playhouse and The York Theatre led her back to New York, where she re-captured the attention of New York audiences with her performance in the Zipper Theater’s revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris.  Her 2008 recording, Gay Marshall sings Piaf La Vie L’Amour, was named to the Billboard Top World Album chart as a #12 Hot Shot debut.

Marshall recently starred in Night of A Thousand Judys at Merkin Hall, produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, Piaf: A Centennial Celebration at Town Hall, produced by Daniel Narducci, It Was a Very Good Year at Carnegie Hall, produced by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and Scott Siegel’s Edith Piaf: An All Star Celebration at 54 Below.

“Piaf’s image, of course, is that of her sobriquet: the beleaguered little sparrow… Marshall seems a hardier species of bird—a fit and healthy falcon, maybe – swooping and gliding through her performance with confidence and quick-witted ease.”  – Mark Dundas Wood,

East Village hideaway Pangea fuses uptown sophistication with downtown experimentation to create an artistic environment all its own.  The one-of-a-kind restaurant-bar and cabaret features a deliciously priced Italian-Mediterranean menu.

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