Artist of the day: Judy London
You don't see many French cabaret artists on Soundcheck, and for good reason: There just aren't that many of them in Tampa Bay.
But Judy London has been performing French cabaret for two decades at Tampa's Le Bordeaux and St. Petersburg's Chateau France. She even portrayed French icon Edith Piaf in Gorilla Theatre's Flight of the Little Sparrow in 2003. In other words, she beat Marion Cotillard to the Edith Piaf punch.
About that performance, a St. Petersburg Times reviewer wrote: "Her portrayal avoids mere imitation, summoning Piaf's spirit and trademark vibrato as she recreates virtually all of the French singer's best-known songs, from dark and smoky ballads (La Vie en Rose) to a rousing sing-along (Milord)."
On Aug. 22-23, London will again portray Piaf in Vive La Piaf, an English-language celebration of the songbird's life, as part of the Susan R. Hough series at American Stage in St. Petersburg. Both shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and pay-what-you-can at the door. Click here for details.