So it turns out that bigger isn't always better.
Last year, singer Melanie Gall performed her tribute to the life and lesser known songs of
At this year’s Fringe, Gall returns with another musical nod to an iconic musical figure. “The
This "Sparrow" takes wing in the cozier Blue venue, which works better as the intimate backdrop for Piaf's gentle melodies. The closeness between Gall and the audience is particularly effective in the scenes that portray the two women at work as street performers.
On songs such as "Under Paris Skies," Gall makes good use of her soprano, shifting smoothly from the delicate passages into powerful crescendos. The impact of the dynamic contrasts was heightened in the smaller venue.
She also elevated the songs with well-timed facial expressions, an array of arched eyebrows, smiles and knowing glances that helped to make her character's devotion to the famous singer more three-dimensional.
In the end, however, it was the intimacy of the songs – from the wistful "If You Go Away" to the stately "Non, je ne regrette rien" – that made this tribute soar.
60 minutes, Blue Venue, $11, Orlando Fringe Festival official page.