Melanie Gall is an internationally acclaimed vocalist. She has travelled to Africa, South America, and the Caribbean to perform solo classical recitals and to sing at events for the Semaine de la Francophonie, and she is a regular performer at the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic. Melanie’s opera roles have included Gilda, La Fée, The Queen of the Night and Lima Energelly in the North American premiere of the Hebrew Opera ‘And the Rat Laughs’. She is based in New York City and has sung at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Melanie’s other children’s show, “Opera Mouse”, has been performed in both English and French all over the world, in countries including Canada, France, Morocco, Algeria, and even in Sudan.
Red Hot Mama: A Sophie Tucker Cabaret
She’s a comedienne and singer, cabaret star and headliner at the Ziegfeld Follies. It’s the heyday of vaudeville, and appearing—for one special night—is ‘Red Hot Mama’ Sophie Tucker. Sophie’s lengthy career spanned the heyday of Vaudeville and the infancy of American popular music, all the way through radio, ‘talkies’, and the Jazz era, to the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. George Gershwin and Irving Berlin wrote her signature songs. Sophie Tucker’s name is synonymous with Vaudeville, with double-entendre humour. With the image of a strong, fiercely independent woman who did whatever was necessary to succeed. ***** - CBC
Piaf and Brel: the Impossible Concert
A musical tribute to the lives and talents of French musical icons Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope, and love. They lived lives of drama and passion. This "impossible" concert relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music. Featuring "Amsterdam", "La Vie en Rose", "Hymne à l'Amour"; and other classics in English and French. ***** - Winnipeg Free Press
(This show can be performed entirely in French, or in English with songs in French and English. It is available as a solo show, or with two performers.)
The Sparrow and the Mouse
Edith Piaf is an icon, France's greatest popular singer. However, few people know about her best friend and half-sister Simone, who grew up in Paris alongside Piaf. The enduring friendship of these two women is an incredible (and true!) story, spanning more than 25 years. The music is immortal and delivered here with style and skill by a master performer. Melanie Gall's narrative and Piaf's songs meld seamlessly together, conjuring up the streets of Paris. **** - CBC **** - Edmonton Sun
(This show is performed in English, with songs in French and English, and is family-friendly.)
A Stitch in Time
A cabaret featuring the historic 'lost' knitting songs of North America. From the WWI novelty tune 'More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!' to the WWII-era Glenn Miller ballad 'Knit One, Pearl Two', this unique cabaret melds historic stories, poetry and photographs, as well as letters from soldiers and the girls who worked at home to help the war effort, to give a funny, poignant and inspiring look at the music that 'knit' together women (and men) on the home front.
More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!
Knit one, pearl 1942! More Power to Your Knitting, Nell! tells the story of aspiring singer Sadie Goldstein - Sadie has always wanted to be a star, and she can't believe her luck when she's hired as a radio host, to galvanize the 'soldier girls at home' who knit for the troops overseas. The only problem is…Sadie hates knitting! Featuring the WWII classics We'll Meet Again and Autumn Leaves. as well as several historic knitting (yes, knitting!) songs. **** - CBC, ***** - Ignite107
Summertime: A Gershwin Concert
From the Yiddish Theatre to Tin Pan Alley, from Broadway to Hollywood. Gershwin's immensely popular songs both tell his story and capture fascinating moments in our history. Featuring several Gershwin hits, including: 'Summertime', 'Someone to Watch Over Me', 'Our Love is Here to Stay'. **** - Edmonton Sun
Tillie Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! But whenever anyone sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination and help from her friends, Tillie proves that even a mouse can be a star. (This show can be performed in English or French) **** - Winnipeg Free Press
Most cats hiss and meow and purr like that, but Ella Puss…can only scat! Poor Ella! She doesn’t want to be different. But soon she learns that sometimes, the thing that makes you different is the best of all. Come and sing along, and help Ella find her voice. 45 Minutes * For Ages 4-10
Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert
A musical tribute to the lives and talents of French musical icons Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope, and love. They lived lives of drama and passion. This "impossible" concert relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music. Featuring "Amsterdam", "La Vie en Rose", "Hymne l'Amour" and other classics in English and French.
(This show can be performed entirely in French, or in English with songs in French and English)