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Piaf, Edith Piaf, Edith Giovanna Gassion, Little Sparrow(noun)
French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
Piaf is a play by Pam Gems that focuses on the life and career of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The biographical drama with music portrays the singer in a most unflattering light. She is presented as a self-destructive, promiscuous alcoholic and junkie who, in one controversial scene, urinates in public. It premiered in 1978 at RSC. The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, after which it moved to The Donmar theatre London and then Aldwych Theatre, then The Piccadilly then Wyndham's theatres, before going to the USA, first Philadelphia, then opened on Broadway at the Plymouth theater 1980. Jane Lapotaire won the TONY award 1981 The production starred Jane Lapotaire in the title role, and included Ian Charleson as Pierre. The play was performed in Argentina from 1983-86 with Virginia Lago in the role of Piaf. Lago won the Premio Estrella de Mar award in 1984 for Best Actress and in 1984 the Prensario Award for Best Actress. A London revival occurred in 1993/94 with Elaine Paige in the role of Piaf. In 1994 the play won the Gold Badge of Merit Award from BASCA. In 1994 Paige gained a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The play was performed in Uruguay from 1994 to 1995 with Laura Canoura in the role of Piaf. In 1995 she won the Iris de Plata Award.
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