Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet John Loughney

In Part 4 of a series of interviews with the Co-Directors and the cast of Creative Cauldron’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, we meet cast member John Loughney.

John Loughney.
John Loughney.

Joel: Where have local theatregoers seen you before on the stage?

John: Most recently I played The Baker in NextStop Theatre’s production of Into the Woods. I’ve done a bunch of shows around town including productions at Keegan Theatre, NextStop, Savoyards, First Stage, and others.

Why did you want to be part of the cast of Jacques Brel… at Creative Cauldron?

I honestly didn’t know anything about the show, but heard great things from many people about it. I started doing some research online when I heard about the auditions and became fascinated with the music. Jacques Brel is a fascinating artist, to say the least.

Who is Jacques Brel and what do you admire most about his work? How would you describe a Jacques Brel song?

I don’t know how you can really describe him other than watch clips of him perform on YouTube. Seriously, look him up on YouTube. He was one of a kind, for sure.

How would you describe a Jacques Brel song?

Well, no song of his is like the other. Some are patter songs, some are ballads, some are social commentary. I think the one common element is that Brel has something different to say in each song, whether it’s regarding love or war, his unique point of view comes across.

What have been some of the challenges you have faced learning your songs and your roles?

Words, words, words. Brel was never short on things to say. Memorizing all of these lyrics has been one of the toughest theater endeavors I’ve had in recent memory. I don’t go to bed until I run through the lyrics each night. I think both myself and Alan have some major tongue tying songs.

What are your solos in the show? 

“Alone,” “Mathilde,” “Statue,” “The Bulls,” and “Funeral Tango.” I won’t describe each of them, but “Funeral Tango” is one of my favorites as it’s told from the perspective of someone imagining how his friends, family will act when he dies. It’s a rather cryptic thing to think about, but it’s very much Brel’s type of humor.

What is your favorite solo that you are not singing?

“Sons of.” It’s one of his more beautiful ballads and it’s always in my head. Katie does an incredible job with it. “Marieke” would be another I admire.

Cast members Katie McManus, John Loughney, Alan Naylor, and Shaina Kuhn. Photo by Gary Mester.
Cast members Katie McManus, John Loughney, Alan Naylor, and Shaina Kuhn. Photo by Gary Mester.

What do you admire most about your fellow cast members? 

What don’t I admire, honestly? They are all badasses in their own right. I’ll leave it at that.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris plays through October 26, 2014 at Creative Cauldron- 410 South Maple Avenue, in Falls Church, VA. For tickets, call (703) 436-9948, or purchase them online.


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet Laura Connors Hull and Matt Conner.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet Katie McManus

Read Kim Moeller’s review on DCMetroTheaterArts.


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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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