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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Madame X @ Pygmalion Theatre (SLC: May 27 - 29)


Fran Pruyn

Pygmalion Theatre Company

Ph: 801-971-4362



“Madame X” – An Original Cabaret from Pygmalion Theatre Company


SALT LAKE CITY UTAH, May 16, 2011 - Pygmalion Productions announces the world premiere of “Madame X,” written and performed by Janice Hall, a 2011 Honoree at the 26th Annual Bistro Awards, honoring New York’s jazz and cabaret community last month in New York City. Ms. Hall was honored alongside Dionne Warwick, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly and Michael Feinstein.

The cabaret “Madame X” looks at both the legend and the reality of some of Hollywood's leading ladies of the 20s through the 60s. Through Ms. Hall’s lush, award-winning voice, along with music, costumes, and quotes and images of the people who lived it, the show takes us on a journey through the grit and glamour of historic Hollywood.

“Bringing ‘Madam X’ to Salt Lake City is the perfect way to wrap up a diverse and successful season for Pygmalion Productions,” said Artistic Director Fran Pruyn. “This promises to be a moving—and delicious--evening of music, song, and story.” Singers and musicians backing up “Madam X” include Jeffrey Price as the musical director and accompanist, Dee Dee Darby Duffin, who thrilled audiences as Billie Holliday in Pygmalion’s production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Jolene Rausch, and Tamara Johnson-Howell, whose sensuality and humor contributed to the success of Pygmalion’s “The Good Body.”

This production is a unique intersection for Janice Hall and Fran Pruyn, who grew up a few houses from each other in Colorado, and have been friends since the age of nine. Sharing a passion for theatre, their two lives followed a shared but geographically separated path; Janice in New York City receiving acclaim for her voice and performance, while Fran produced and directed thought-provoking theatre in Salt Lake City, highlighting the experience and lives of women.

“You know how when you really love different people, you want them to get to know one another? That’s what this collaboration is like for me, to be able to bring Janice’s talent here to share with Salt Lake audiences,” said Pruyn.

In covering Hall’s Bistro-winning original production "Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich," theatre reviewer Roy Sander wrote,
Despite her classical training, Hall can let loose like someone who's cut her professional teeth in nightclubs… Some of her interpretations achieve a status beyond merely wonderful; they are memorable, unique, standards against which other renditions should be compared."

“Madame X” will play for four performances only, May 27, 28, and 29th. All shows at the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre - 138 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS.

Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect issues, concerns, and shared experiences in the lives of women.


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