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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 19, No. 1

Musical Theatre

by Naomi Gold / September 1, 2013

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Montreal’s Segal Centre Theatre swings into sultry gear this September with Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’s sassy show, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Set in New York City’s gilded jazz era of the 30s, this Broadway play celebrates the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ nurtured in places like the famous Savoy and Cotton Clubs. This humorous ode to the birth of swing music channels Waller’s sensuous, sybaritic view of life as reflected in his art. Directed by Roger Peace, this production features multiple Juno winner Kim Richardson as the soulful Nell Carter. For tickets and subscriptions, call 514-739-7944 or visit www.segal-centre.org.

Marking the 30th anniversary of that iconic dance movie cum pop-culture phenomenon, Flashdance – The Musical debuts in Ottawa this October. The Broadway show includes most of the film’s hit songs, and of course its Oscar-winning title tune, “Flashdance – What a Feeling". In addition, Robbie Roth and Robert Cary have composed sixteen new songs specifically for the Broadway show. Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original screenplay, is the musical’s author. For tickets, visit the National Arts Centre’s website: www.nac-cna.ca.

Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre serves up a marvelous musical menu, with Les Misérables as its main course. The legendary stage play, produced by Cameron Macintosh and based on Victor Hugo’s novel, incorporates all new staging and scenery. This production has garnered worldwide critical praise and continues to enthrall fans while cultivating new, and younger, audiences. Also at the Mirvish, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s purrrfectly seasoned Cats extends its run until late September. The newly penned I Love Lucy – Live on Stage premieres in Canada at the Royal Alexandra Theatre this October. Adapted from that hilarious 1950s American sitcom, this show’s musical content comprises the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” and harmonious jingles by The Crystaltone Singers. www.mirvish.com

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