May’s usually a busy month for musicals, and this year is right on course, with no less than seven shows opening this month. On top of that, there’s Calgary Opera’s The Barber of Cowtown, Central Memorial High’s Gala of the Arts,the extravaganza Odysseo by Cavalia and several big year-end shows by the Youth Singers of Calgary, including some free outdoor concerts. The Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group is going to all of these and more. Check out that link for more information or to come with us.
Opening in May
May 2 to Sept 7 Big Boom Theory 2: Time Travelling Geeks, Jubilations Dinner Theatre
A sequel to last years’ Jubilations’ Big Boom Theatre (1) – a spoof of the well-loved TV show.
From the website: It’s been one year since Sheldon Cooper visited The Canadian International Science Awards Centre… and he’s coming back. Why? Fantastic question. He’s perfected time travel. That’s right. Join Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, Penny, Howard and Bernadette as they travel through space and time to prove once and for all that nerds really do have more fun. But messing with the space/time continuum has consequences, and every decision they make could potentially affect the characters we’ve all grown to love. No amount of ‘Soft Kitty’ lullabies are going to save them now. They’ll have to rely on all their wits (which is a lot) in order to get out of this time travelling quandary. Will Sheldon propose to Amy? Will Leonard finally find luck in love? Will Howard’s mother battle a prehistoric dinosaur? Anything could happen, when you get your geek on… again. Set to the best music of the past FIVE decades this sequel is anything but ordinary. I feel like I’m forgetting something…oh…right… Bazinga!
May 6 to June 22 Mary Poppins, Theatre Calgary
Yes, she’s back. Everyone’s favourite nanny. If you missed Broadway Across Canada’s production last year, here’s another chance.
From the website: Things haven’t been going well for the Banks family. The children are out of control and a new nanny is required to put things in order. When a mysterious young woman appears on their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. A Broadway musical spectacular for the whole family. This brand new production of the much-loved classic will burst onto our stage. Rediscover the gorgeous songs, loveable children and that magical woman. As Mary would say: It’s practically perfect!
May 20 to May 25 The Sound of Music, Central Memorial High School
Here’s another show that needs no introduction, although if you’ve never seen the stage version (I haven’t) you’ll find some interesting differences from the movie, including a bunch of songs you’ve probably never heard before and some slightly different character developments. I wrote an article about this when St. Peters Players put on the show last year. Click here to check that out. The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial is well known for its quality theatrical productions. Since their musicals are big productions with lots of families attached, they usually sell well. Best to get your tickets in advance.
May 20 to June 14 Shrek the Musical, Storybook Theatre
A musical based on the movie of the same name – one that’s sure to be popular with young and old alike. Already selling well, so this is another one where you may want to get your tickets in advance, especially for weekends.
From the website: In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.
May 21 to May 31 Spring Awakening, Artists Collective Theatre
I have been dying to see this since my nephew raved about it after seeing it on Broadway when it first came out.
From Wikipedia: Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the controversial German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind which was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, abuse and suicide. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.
May 31 to June 14 Into the Woods, Cappuccino Musical Theatre
A very grown-up fairy tale – a little bit dark for kids – but then it is Stephen Sondheim, so what would you expect? This one’s also been on my bucket list for some time. I have the score, the script and a storybook, but have never seen the stage production.
From Wikipedia: Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood“, “Jack and the Beanstalk“, “Rapunzel“, and “Cinderella“, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.
May 31 to Sept 7 Chickens, Rosebud Theatre
The whole concept of Rosebud Theatre amazes me – a tiny town of 100 or so people got together and created a theatre school which morphed into one the biggest summer theatre festivals in Alberta. Just over an hour north of Calgary, it’s a nice summer outing.
From the website: A Rollicking Favourite Told in a Whole New Way
It’s time to Rock-a-doodle-doo!
Pal’s a bankrupt farmer with one last chance to save the farm. Investing his hopes and livelihood in raising exotic chickens, his wife is certain he’s flown the coop. With rowdy roosters running amok and aging hens looking for love, is it possible for these dreamers to finally soar? Or is someone about to get the ax? From home-grown playwright Lucia Frangione comes a musical romantic comedy about birds of a feather who flock together. And singing, dancing chickens. What more can we say?
Still Playing (see April Musicals in Calgary for details):
Bingo Ladies, Lunchbox Theatre – until May 17
Fiddler on the Roof, Stage West – until June 22