Charles, written and directed by Taleen Babayan, traces key points in the musician's life while incorporating 15 of his most cherished songs. The production charts the personal and professional struggles the singer faced on his climb to becoming an iconic award-winning entertainer throughout the course of his eight decade career in his beloved France and across the globe. From his humble beginnings, to his perseverance as a working musician in occupied France during World War II, to overcoming crippling criticism, to his creative spark with Edith Piaf, the 90-minute show serves as an homage to his legacy as an integral member of France's Golden Age of Music, while capturing the charismatic and shining spirit he embodied as a singer, lyricist, actor, diplomat and humanitarian.
Featuring singer Maurice Soudjian, pianist and actor Bernard C. Bayer, guest appearance by Mariette Soudjian and under the musical supervision of Harout Soghomonian (accordion/guitar) and Levon Ghanimian (bass). This performance marks the third for the bio-musical production that debuted in Hollywood, California at The Hotel Cafe last Fall, followed by a repeat performance at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
"Aznavour not only achieved success in his own right, but he surpassed musical genres while never forgetting his roots, thus leaving a lasting imprint on the world music scene," said Babayan. "Despite his passing, he is still very much revered and his lifelong artistic quest marks every touchpoint that wholly fulfills a stage story."
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Expected Run Time is 105 minutes