CULTURE

‘La Mome’ revived on stage

A stage version of the tumultuous life of Edith Piaf comes to Athens this month. «Piaf, une vie en rose et noir,» a musical theater performance starring Natha-lie Lhermitte is going on stage at the Athens Concert Hall. Initially scheduled for January 31, a second performance has now been added on January 30. The production is based on a concept by writer and music historian Jacques Pessis, while Lhermitte is accompanied on stage by accordionist Aurelien Noel. The play traces the life of Piaf from her early days in the neighborhood of Pigalle, re-enacting how Edith Giovanna Gassion turned into «La Mome» (the little sparrow) before becoming a legend. On stage, gifted Lhermitte will interpret Piaf classics, including «La Vie en rose,» «L’Hymne a l’amour,» «Milord» and «Non, je ne regrette rien,» exploring the origins of the songs that led to Piaf’s repertory attracting an international following. In 2007, Piaf’s story made global headlines thanks to the Oscar-winning interpretation of Marion Cotillard in Olivier Dahan’s «La Mome.» In the film, Cotillard starred alongside Sylvie Testud, Gerard Depardieu, Pascal Greggory and Jean-Pierre Martin. Performances take place at the Athens Concert Hall (1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333) on January 30 and 31 at 8.30 p.m. For more information, visit www.megaron.gr.