Browsing: Musical Theatre

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical In the Wings Promotions reprises their hugely successful ‘mane’ event this fall, at Montreal’s MainLine Theatre. Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical turns 50 this year, yet the hippest Broadway smash still resonates. The iconic show that spawned an entire genre of rock musicals, Hair revisits the 1960s USA, the ubiquitous hippie movement, peace protests, anti-capitalism, Vietnam War’s conscientious objectors and America’s sexual revolution. Hair’s composer is Montreal-born Galt MacDermot; he attended Upper Canada College and Bishop’s University. Book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Happily, the grooviest play produced mega-hit…

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RETROSPECTIVE: of Opera Saratoga’s 2017 Summer Mainstage Season (July 1 through 16) – Verdi’s Falstaff; Grétry’s and Marmontel’s Zémire et Azor; Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock. The end-days of summer are high horse-racing season in Saratoga, with turfites and extravagant millinery abounding; but, while much of the city lives for the thrill of beating hooves, Saratoga’s culture caters broadly. For many, summer’s highlight was long before a single bay bolted its stall, and the city swayed to different beats entirely – the two-week July mainstage season at Opera Saratoga. This year’s performances ran from July 1 through 16. Save the…

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NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2017 – The August 3, 2017 performance of the Off-Broadway production The Crusade of Connor Stephens will be live-streamed, allowing theater-lovers to experience the critically-acclaimed production from anywhere in the world. The live stream, which begins at 8pm, can be accessed by visiting www.Crusade2017.com/livestream. Advance registration is on sale for $1.99 through August 2nd, and then $3.99 for day-of admission and subsequent viewings. Purchase once, view the recording multiple times. “We are so thrilled to utilize this new technology to allow people from across the globe to experience The Crusade of Connor Stephens in a groundbreaking way,” said Dewey Moss, author and director. “The live-streaming of a new Off-Broadway…

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Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival Montreal, until June 18 The most convivial and bilingual event of the season, the Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival takes place in the heart of the city on the Main. What makes it different? A program determined by lottery! Theatre, comedy, dance, music, and drag…no less than 153 talented companies from all over the world will be battling for your attention. The best way to pick is by reading the audience reviews posted in Parc des Amériques ­– an exercise that’s sure to make you a real fringier. My bets are on inVitro, by Pretium Doloris, the…

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The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts presents the premiere of the concert version of Theaturtle’s Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM following the creation-based residency of its producing company, Theaturtle.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (613) 533-2424 or online at www.theisabel.ca. The Theaturtle theatre troupe will be in residence at the Isabel developing this new work during the last week of May 2017 prior to the Kingston performance on June 1st.  Theaturtle will continue to develop the work and then present it at the Luminato festival in Toronto on June 16-18, 2017. Necessity is the mother of invention, and how necessary…

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A REVERIE: on Victor Herbert’s wonderful and terrifying children’s operatic dreamscape, Babes in Toyland, as presented and performed by MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale), the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, and a large cast of principals at Carnegie Hall on April 27; with one additional performance scheduled at the Tilles Center of LIU Post in Brookville, New York on April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. Dear Diary: On Thursday night, I visited Toyland! Or at least I woke up believing I did. It seemed so real, I’m going to talk to you about it like it really happened. But I guess…

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PREVIEW: of the new MasterVoices concert presentation of Babes in Toyland by Victor Herbert (Carnegie Hall, New York City, April 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.); and INTERVIEW: with MasterVoices’ musical director Ted Sperling. Long before Sondheim walked on the dark side with Into the Woods, or Disney began issuing its franchise line of tailored fairy-tale musicals, composer Victor Herbert and his Broadway posse had raided the nursery cradle, character-snatching a mother lode of Mother-Goose autochthons to populate the monumental 1903 operetta, Babes in Toyland. They’re all there – Mary Quite Contrary, Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, Little Bopeep, Jack, Jill,…

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CLYBOURNE PARK Centaur springs into action with a “black comedy” set in a suburban family home in the fictional middle-class, Chitown neighborhood of Clybourne, Illinois. American playwright Bruce Norris penned Clybourne Park as a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic oeuvre, A Raisin in the Sun. The bookend play’s first scene predates the action in Raisin, as caucasian protagonist Karl Lindner fails to dissuade an African-American couple from moving into the ‘hood. Act II transpires fifty years later, and this time it’s the black homeowners who are resisting a white couple’s attempt at gentrification. This wacky tale of race, real estate…

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Intercultural Conversations – Conversations interculturelles Encouraging theatrical dialogue between the various cultures in Montreal MONTREAL, March 2017 – The Cole Foundation is pleased to announce the latest grant winners for the Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) programme, initiated to encourage greater understanding of Montreal’s cultural mosaic by having audiences enjoy professional plays that present stories and issues of cultural minorities on stage. Focusing on intercultural and multicultural conversation for their community initiatives, over the past eight years the Cole Foundation has cultivated and strengthened a canon of theatrical work incorporating these themes. A number of companies, both established and independent, have…

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Centaur Theatre Unveils 49th Theatre Season  Montreal, March 15, 2017 – A new line-up of plays and much more were revealed at Centaur Theatre’s 49th season launch this afternoon. Outgoing Artistic and Executive Director, Roy Surette, introduced his successor Shaw Festival’s Associate Director, Eda Holmes, at the well-attended gathering of media and theatre practitioners in the Ted T. Katz Family Trust Gallery in the midst of this season biggest snow storm. “As I hand Centaur over to the wonderfully talented Eda Holmes,” said Roy Surette, “I’m reminded of how hands connect us, point us in new directions, welcome strangers and…

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