Posted in May 2013

MY FUR LADY

MY FUR LADY

My Fur Lady. The McGill University ‘Red and White Revue’ for 1957. It proved so popular that it toured Canada 1957-8; a total of 402 performances were given in 82 centres. Its book was written by Timothy Porteous and Donald MacSween, and its lyrics by Porteous to music by James de B. Domville, Galt MacDermot, … Continue reading

ANNE AND GILBERT

ANNE AND GILBERT

Anne & Gilbert begins in the beautiful countryside of Prince Edward Island. Anne is now an independent-minded young woman about to begin her first job teaching at a one-room schoolhouse. Romantic complications unfold when childhood sweetheart Gilbert Blythe proposes marriage– and he’s not her only suitor. Troubled by her orphan past, Anne doubts if she … Continue reading

THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE

THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE

The House of Martin Guerre is a musical written by Leslie Arden (music, lyrics & co-book) and Anna Theresa Cascio (co-book). It is inspired by the 16th century French peasant Martin Guerre. It was first produced by Theatre Plus under the direction of Duncan McIntosh in Toronto (1993) at the Jane Mallett Theatre.  It won … Continue reading

PELAGIE

PELAGIE

Pélagie is a Canadian epic musical written by Allen Cole and Vincent de Tourdonnet, based on the 1979 novel Pélagie-la-Charette by Acadian writer Antonine Maillet, about the Acadian widow Pélagie LeBlanc. In the late 1770s, LeBlanc led her Acadian people back to Grand Pré from the American South, where they had been deported in 1755. … Continue reading

ROB ROY THE MUSICAL

ROB ROY THE MUSICAL

Rob Roy The Musical celebrates the adventures of one of the best known heroes in Scottish  history.  Set in Scotland  and England  during the first half of the 18th Century, Rob Roy The Musical tells the tale of the famous  Highlander from his days as a peaceful clan leader through his difficulties  with the abrasive … Continue reading

THE STORY OF MY LIFE

THE STORY OF MY LIFE

The Story of My Life is a musical with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, and a book by Brian Hill. The show follows two childhood friends from age six to 35 and has only two characters. The musical debuted in Toronto in 2006 and premiered on Broadway in February 2009, closing after five regular … Continue reading

CAGNEY

CAGNEY

Cagney! is a high-stepping, explosive new musical about legendary star and the screen’s greatest tough-guy, James Cagney.  Cagney! follows the actor from his humble beginnings in New York City’s Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man to his superstardom in Hollywood. Filled with show-stopping song and dance numbers from Yankee Doodle … Continue reading

NAPOLEON

NAPOLEON

The plot of Napoleon centers mostly on two aspects – Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise from a common man to a leading war general (and leader) of France. Secondly, it focuses on the romantic relationship of Napoleon and his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. In the musical, Josephine sings most of the memorable numbers including “The Friend … Continue reading

THE DONNELLYS

THE DONNELLYS

The Donnellys is based on Canada’s most infamous true story.  A story that has grown in the telling with each generation since the events that shook the little village of Lucan in 1880 and caused a sensation      around the world.   Why did the god-fearing residents of a small pioneer town rise up one night and … Continue reading

YOU’LL GET USED TO IT: THE WAR SHOW

YOU’LL GET USED TO IT: THE WAR SHOW

“YOU’LL GET USED TO IT” traces a squad of Canadian soldiers and the women in their lives, from the beginning of their enlistment, to the final victory of World War II.  From the rambunctious comedy of their boot camp days, to chasing girls in England, to  the terrors of D-Day, this play captures the essence … Continue reading