Thursday 21 June 2012 at 9:30pm
The Metropolitan Room
New York City, NY, United States
Directed: by Alice Jankell
Musical Direction: Benjamin Ickies
Guitar: Marcel Van Dam
Percussion: Mario Monaco
Technical Director: Ted Stafford
Thursday Jun 21 at 9:30 (door opens 8:30)
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
Tickets $20.00, 2 drinks minimum
(212) 206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com
"Floanne is the French Madonna" 'TimeOut NY
"Undeniably effective renditions "-Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes
"A new «little sparrow» has landed. Ankah infuses her daringly dramatic evocation of Piaf's art with a contemporary energy and rhythm." 'Broadway World
French actress and singer Flo Ankah recounts the Piaf story. This authentic 'chanteuse' and farm girl opens the door to her culture, by taking a closer look at the legendary 'Little Sparrow' ' with that husky, mournful voice so popular in the 1940' and 50's. The performance is a culturally rich and moving presentation that will make you smile, with tunes transporting you to other times and places.
Yes, both Floanne and Edith Piaf will be attending the rendez-vous in a medley of vintage tunes from their native France' with a modern twist. She will embody the legend, interpreting the melodies from her point of view as a child, imagining Piaf's characters coming to life. Down to earth, sensual and bohemian as her beloved Edith, Floanne will make you discover her poignant music and share her unconventional life.
Floanne has been reviving the tradition of French Music Hall, performing Chanson, as well as original compositions. She is returning at the Metropolitan Room for a monthly residency where she has performed sold-out shows. She has been working with a rotating band of Jazz musicians, this month will be with musical director/accordion Benjamin Ickies, guitar Marcel Van Dam and percussion Mario Monaco. This marks Floanne's first time collaboration with theater director Alice Jankell, who is lending a cutting edge presentation to the cabaret form: the promise of an unconventional cabaret presentation.
Flo Ankah is a New York actress working on stage, film and television (Then She Found Me, One Life to Live, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), her voice is featured on major feature films and numerous international commercials, she has performed at venues such as The Public Theater and the Guggenheim Museum. Her vocal repertoire includes French classics, original compositions, and she continues to train as a coloratura soprano with April Evans. Floanne learned her craft as a nightclub singer with Daniel Isengart and Lina Koutrakos. She has performed her critically acclaimed cabarets at monthly residencies around town and on NPR.Floanne