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CD of Louise Pitre’s Hit One-Woman Show Now Available!

If you missed Louise Pitre’s autobiographical one-woman show at Theatre Passe Muraille last week, you can still hear the music with the production’s cast album titled, as the show is, “On the Rocks: Stirred Not Shaken.”

Known for her Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway company of the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” and as Fantine in the original Canadian company of “Les Misérables,”,

Pitre is a powerhouse, a characteristic she again unleashed in this show to the delight of her sold-out audiences.

The deeply personal songs accompany her story, beginning with her childhood in Montréal, the difficulty she had fitting in with her schoolmates when her family moved to Welland, her musical conservatory studies as a piano major at Western University in London and how she ultimately decided to take the chance on a career in the theatre.

Her many entertaining, and moving anecdotes, include her recollection of 9/11 and how that terrorist attack emotionally shook the company of “Mamma Mia,” then in rehearsal. She described how New Yorkers and tourists at the stage door, after the show opened, would hug members of the cast, thanking them for allowing them to be happy and have a good time again.

Among two especially touching songs are those she wrote about her parents – her father who suffered from the dementia of Alzheimers (“Please Say My Name Out Loud”) and her mother who later suffered from the same ailment (“Please, Please, Please”).

Songs are written by Louise Pitre, some with music and lyrics by her husband, Joe Matheson.

The wonderfully, and ubiquitous, Diane Leah provides marvelous piano accompaniment.

“On the Rocks: Stirred Not Shaken” is available from Song & Script.

Track List:

  1. If I Can See It
  2. When I Was Seven
  3. The Power of Dreams
  4. Say Goodbye
  5. I Just Wanted To Say
  6. Please Say My Name Out Loud
  7. Please, Please, Please
  8. If I Can See It
  9. On the Rocks

Tracks 1 and 8 – Music written with Joe Matheson, who also wrote the lyrics.
Tracks 2-4 and 9 – Music by Louise Pitre with lyrics by Joe Matheson.
Tracks 5-7 – Music and lyrics by Louise Pitre

Also available at Song & Script: Louise Pitre's "La Vie en Rouge: The Piaf Sessions"

Dennis Kucherawy

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