Flesh Eating Froggies

Zombies have been big in the ΄00s. There have been zombie-zombies (Dawn of The Dead), thinking zombies (Land of The Dead), funny zombies (Shaun of The Dead), still-alive zombies (28 Whatevers Later), canine zombies (I Am Legend), and in the theater community of South Florida, an endless parade of singing zombies. We’re talking Sondheim On Sondheim, Backwards In High Heels, Tomfoolery, A Marvelous Party — all comprised of reprocessed bits of genuine (if aged) culture, milked for their nostalgia value while their content is all but ignored. But Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris might not be one of those. Brel, the Flemish/Belgian/French singer-songwriter, wasn’t famous enough for that kind of shticky posthumous exhumation, at least on this side of the Atlantic. You can’t go back to where you’ve never been. Which is why this review of his work (which, by the way, was once the longest-ever running show in South Africa) should be a little more honest than the rest. Even when you know one of the songs (something once covered by Bowie, maybe, or else Dusty Springfield), you probably didn’t know it was written by this guy, and you’ll have to figure out for yourself if the work’s undead or not. No telling how accurate the translations will be, though — Brel’s lyrics have been translated and re-translated more often than the Bible, and so far, the most famous translations have been handled by Rod McKuen. Always scary. The show runs through January 6 at Nova Southeastern (3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Tix run $15 to $40. Call 954-462-0222.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 28. Continues through Jan. 7, 2007
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Brandon K. Thorp