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Wicked Opens This Week With A New $25 Ticket Lottery

Back in 2007, my in-laws,  Norma and Al Pinard, paid my way for a deluxe trip to New York City to join an annual holiday tour they ran from Ottawa. Wicked wasn’t on the itinerary, having been sold out for some time, but I went on our unscheduled night and waited in line to get standby tickets. I was behind a German couple  who were going to the show because they’d heard how popular it was, but they spoke very little English and had never seen the original Wizard of Oz. I thought, “Oh, this could be interesting for them” (but then, lots of people enjoy opera even though they can’t make out the words – I don’t happen to be one of them :() So I spent the next 15 minutes explaining the original story, so they could at least have some context. In the end we all got in (and I scored a deal from someone who was selling one of his spare tickets because one of his party couldn’t come).

Many of the big Broadway Theatres run lotteries for unsold tickets on the day of the performance (I scored an amazing box seat for Next To Normal for only $25 once), and I’m pleased to see Broadway Across Canada is now having a lottery for upcoming performances of Wicked. If you’ve got more time than money (or were on the fence about going and don’t mind going to the Jubilee to take a chance), it’s a great way to get a great seat for cheap.

I am grateful to the Pinards for making my first Wicked viewing possible, and to Broadway Across Canada for doing the same with my second (I skipped it when it was here last time, because I’d just seen it in NYC, and though I loved it, I decided to give it a pass – something I always regretted. Glad I’m getting another chance.  Everything you need to know about the show is below).

WICKED ANNOUNCES LOTTERY FOR $25 SEATS

 

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PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

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A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with performances from July 23 – August 17.  Two hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only.  This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.  Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. 

 

     WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award®  winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire.  The musical is directed by two-time Tony®  Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony®  Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).  WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. 

 

       WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  WICKED currently has nine productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan, Australasian Tour, South Korea, Latin America, a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours.  Since its New York premiere a decade ago, WICKED has grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 40 million across the globe.  WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean. 

 

Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

 

WICKED begins performances on Wednesday, July 23 and runs through to Sunday, August 17. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, or call toll-free 1-855-985-5000. Groups of 15 or more can access discounts at 1-800-889-8457. Tickets for WICKED vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $35.00 plus applicable service fees. Good seats are still available.

 

     WICKED, in Calgary is presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a five city tour in Canada.  Remaining engagements include Winnipeg and Toronto. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.

 

 

2014 Critter Winners

Lynn Marie Calder:

And the envelope please…

Originally posted on Applause! Meter:

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This year’s Calgary Critics’ Awards were a huge success with almost 200 theatre-loving Calgarians in attendance to hear us announce our winners for the 2013/14 theatre season.  Truthfully though, all our nominees were winners as each and every one of them impressed us in one way or another gave us those wow moments in the theatre that we live for. So as difficult as it was to pick just one award-recipient in each category – that was our task. Therefore, without further ado, I give you the winners of the 2014 Critter Awards…….

Featured Actor in a Play:
Graham Percy – Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Company)

Featured Actress in a Play:
Katey Hoffman – You Will Remember Me (Alberta Theatre Projects)

Featured Actress in a Musical:
Susan Gilmour – Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary)

Featured Actor in a Musical:
Jack Forestier – Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary)

Best Solo Performance:
Kyall Rakoz…

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2014 Critter Award Nominees Announced

Lynn Marie Calder:

Several musical theatre categories here. A few of these shows are still playing, so if you haven’t seen them yet, you might want to check them out.

Originally posted on Applause! Meter:

It took our four critic-judges almost 5 hours to decide on 104 nominees in 18 categories, but in the end we are all very pleased with the contendenders this year. Every category is full of strong artists that delighted and surprised us over the season and we feel lucky to have witnessed all thier talent and hard work.

So, without further ado – here are the nominees for the 2014 Critter Awards along with information on how to RSVP for the June 18th Awards Event. Remember, space is limited so get in touch early to secure your spot.
2014 Critter Nominations Announced
Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards honour 103 nominees in 18 categories

Calgary Theatre Critics, Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of the Calgary Sun, Jenna Shummoogum of Downtown Calgary and Jessica Goldman of CBC’s The Eyeopener and applause-meter.com are pleased to announce the nominees for the third…

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May Musicals in YYC

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

JubsCal_BBII_ShowPoster[1]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!

event_144480782[1]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!

Sound_of_Music_4.1[1]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.

600_279043332[1]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.

600_343118312[1]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 abortionhomosexualityrape, 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.

600_320899582[1]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 ScoreBest Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera.

600_320897392[1]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

 

 

Movie – Musical Quiz Answers

Sound_of_Music_4.1[1]Apologies to Central Memorial High School, for forgetting they are doing The Sound of Music this month, and thus excluding them from my Movie Musical Quiz back in April. Shame on me! Just added it to the schedule.

The winner of the quiz is Kaaren Finlay. Congratulations to Kaaren for getting 8/11 and extra points for being brave enough to answer the questions off the top of her head rather than looking up the answers. She did better than I would have done.  She gets bragging rights and a chance to join me as my guest at one of the remaining musicals in the 2013/2014 season.

calgarymusicals.com April 2014 Movie Musical Quiz  – ANSWERS

  1. What musical features a hero who is green?  SHREK
  2. How many Prince Charmings are there in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods? TWO
  3. What musical is written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick? FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
  4. Who played Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the original Young Frankenstein movie? GENE WILDER
  5. What musical is scheduled to be released as a movie in December 2014? INTO THE WOODS
  6. What musical is set in Germany? SPRING AWAKENING
  7. How many of Calgary’s remaining musicals in the 2013-2014 season were movies before they were stage productions? THREE (SHREK, MARY POPPINS AND YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN)
  8. What musical features the song “Feed The Birds”? MARY POPPINS
  9. What musical, recently released as a movie, is going to be done in Calgary as a children’s version this summer (hint: it’s not on the schedule yet, but it is scheduled in the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group events) LES MISERABLES
  10. What movie musical stars Kevin Kline? (PIRATES OF PENZANCE – I didn’t even know it had been made into a film)
  11. BONUS QUESTION: Which of Sophie’s potential fathers is the worst singer in the movie version of Mamma Mia! (this is a gimme – all answers are correct :)) PIERCE BROSNAN GETS MY VOTE

So how’d YOU do?

 

A WICKED Pre-Sale offer (closed)

Wicked Calgary Priority Ticket OfferTo my intrepid followers -

Still need to post the winner (and answers) to the Movie-Musical quiz as well as do a post on the many musicals coming up in May, but will do so tomorrow. So far behind on so many fronts this month. On the positive side I did manage the arduous task of removing 18 square feet of well-stuck linoleum from my kitchen floor (4.5 square feet per hour) today, thus tripling my previous best of 6 square feet (2 square feet per hour) – we must find satisfaction where we can. Hoping to have job complete and get a new floor laid in my kitchen and dining room (if not the adjacent laundry room and bathroom) sometime in 2014. But I digress…

 Broadway Across Canada has offered me a pre-sale code for this summer’s production of Wicked (certainly one of my favourite musicals – I had the good fortune to see it on Broadway a few years back) at the Jubilee Auditorium. By using this before 10PM tonight you can book your own ticket(s) before they go on sale to the general public tomorrow (Monday May 5) at 10 AM.  

The show runs July 23 to August 17 at the Jubliee. If you want to join the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group we’re going to the opening night performance on Wednesday.

The presale ends tonight, Sunday May 4, at 10PM

CALGARYMUSICALS Presale Code: WIZARD

Presale link: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139345/864373?brand=bac

Lynn

A YYC Movie – Musical Quiz

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In honour of the four musicals opening this week that have been made into musicals (Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on The Roof, Young Frankenstein and Pirates of Penzance)   just for a change of pace, here’s a quiz to test/increase your knowledge of the many musicals playing in Calgary between now and the end of the season which have a movie connection. Just match the Calgary musical (an almost complete list of remaining shows is found in the Schedule tab) with the question below. All answers can be found on this blog (the schedule includes a link to the theatre companies producing these shows), or through an easy web search/Wikipedia.

Send me your answers by email to calderlm@yahoo.ca by midnight Sunday April 20. I will announce the winner on April 21. The winner will be the person with the most correct answers. If there’s a tie, I will put all those names in a hat and draw one at random. The winner will get bragging rights and a chance to join me as my guest (1 ticket) at one of the remaining musicals in the 2013/2014 season – not sure which one, but will try to accommodate your preference – and mine. Good luck and have fun!

calgarymusicals.com April 2014 Movie Musical Quiz 

  1. What musical features a hero who is green?
  2. How many Prince Charmings are there in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods?
  3. What musical is written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick?
  4. Who played Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the original Young Frankenstein movie?
  5. What musical is scheduled to be released as a movie in December 2014?
  6. What musical is set in Germany?
  7. How many of Calgary’s remaining musicals in the 2013-2014 season were movies before they were stage productions?
  8. What musical features the song “Feed The Birds”?
  9. What musical, recently released as a movie, is going to be done in Calgary as a children’s version this summer (hint: it’s not on the schedule yet, but it is scheduled in the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group events)
  10. What movie musical stars Kevin Kline?
  11. BONUS QUESTION: Which of Sophie’s potential fathers is the worst singer in the movie version of Mamma Mia! (this is a gimme – all answers are correct :))

A Glimpse Into Bollywood in YYC

Anita Majumdar and Nicco Lorenzo Garcia in Same Same But Different

Anita Majumdar and Nicco Lorenzo Garcia in Same Same But Different. Photo Credit Michael Cooper.

 

It’s the final Blitz Weekend of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Festival of New Canadian Plays, which means there are four plays to take in before ATP turns the lights out on the playRites Festival for good, and instead include new Canadian plays in their regular programming.

There are no less than three chances (to take in Anita’s Majumdar’s Same Same But Different, the only musical on the roster (2 shows today  - including one right now as I write this – and 1 tomorrow afternoon). It’s a take on the Bollywood musical, and in particular its influence on shadism (racism based on skin-tone), due to its promotion of fairer-skinned actors. Anita has been an outspoken opponent of the practice, enough that she’s even referenced in the wiki article on the subject. I was surprised to learn in researching this article, that India is one of the world’s largest markets for skin-lightening creams (particularly targeted at women to improve their romantic/marriage prospects) and that sales of such creams surpass those for tea and Coke.

In honour of Anita’s show, I had every intention of writing a semi-intelligent article about Bollywood musicals. I knew Bollywood is the term used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), and that the films are often family-friendly romances and melodramas with extended song-and-dance sequences, but never having seen more than clips of them, that’s about all I knew. Once I started reading up on them, I realized that there’s an awful lot of information available, and that I really have nothing to add to what’s already out there on-line if you care to look. I did pick up a few tidbits along the way, however, that may be interesting to you as well:

  • Unlike Hollywood, from which it gets its name, “Bollywood” does not exist as a physical place. The term came into being in the 1970’s when India overtook the US as the world’s largest film producer. The naming scheme for “Bollywood” was inspired by “Tollywood”, the name that was used as early as 1932 to refer to the cinema of West Bengal, based in Tollygunge, Calcutta.
  • Credit for the revival of the modern western movie musical (e.g. Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia!) can be attributed to Bollywood’s influence on 2001’s Moulin Rouge! which included traditional Bollywood elements.
  • Bollywood film music (called filmi music) is generally pre-recorded by professional singers, with the actors lip-synching the words, often while dancing. Unlike early American movie musicals, these singers are prominently featured in the opening credits and even have their own fan-bases (if that had been the case here, Marnie Nixon would be a household name today – see my article entitled “Movies to Musicals – CSI or What Do These Movie-Musical Stars Have in Common? ” for some reason my internal links aren’t working).
  • There is a big market for Bollywood films in South Asian communities around the world, and Americans see more films from India than from any other non-English speaking country
  • Indian audiences are increasingly interested in seeing films depicting foreign places. Many Bollywood films since the 1990’s have been largely or entirely shot in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto.

I suppose my one big take-away is how big Bollywood really is. Like most westerners, I forget that a large part of the world does not speak English as a first language and that there’s a whole world of culture out there, including musical theatre culture, that we never – or rarely – get a glimpse of.

Go to ATP PlayRites Festival for more information on what’s playing this weekend.

April Musicals in Calgary

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April and May are usually the busiest months for musicals in Calgary (and probably most cities) and this year is no exception, which a bunch of new shows opening this month. As a result, I’m keeping the descriptions short. For more information and tickets for any of the following shows, go to the links for each company. There are a couple of additional “musicalish” performances in April as well: Elvis, Elvis, Elvis: An American Trilogy at the Jubilee on Monday April 21, and a concert performance of Onalea Gilbertson’s Mata Hari in 8 Bullets, at the National Music Centre on Friday, April 25.

If you’re looking for people with whom to go to shows, check out the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group, that I also run. We go to most musicals as well as a number of other events that interest our members.

Opening in April                                                                                                                                                                            

The Music of Kurt Weill, ”L’Orchestre D’Hommes-Orchestres (Quebec) Presented by Theatre Junction 
April 9-12

Like most shows at Theatre Junction, this one definitely falls into the camp of “And now for something completely different…”

From the website: Having previously performed their enigmatic take on the music of Tom Waits to sold out crowds at Theatre Junction GRAND, L’Orchestre D’Hommes Orchestres are back to take on the music of another outsider genius – Kurt Weill, the great composer who collaborated with Bertolt Brecht on The Threepenny Opera, and fled Germany in 1933 to France then eventually New York. In a Franco-German-English mix, the eight musicians-singers-actors revive the horrors of war, the lights of Broadway and the cozy atmosphere of music halls.

Mamma Mia!, Broadway Across Canada, April 16-20.

A Musical for the ABBA fan in everyone. I have to admit that although I was a huge fan of ABBA in high school, I have avoided this show to date, as I’m generally not a fan of “jukebox” musicals that are just an excuse to string a bunch of songs together with a pretty weak plot. Finally going to take the plunge this year, though. For me the major saving grace of this show is that, unlike in the movie version, you can be pretty sure all the leads can actually sing :)

From the website: MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Fiddler on the Roof, Stage West (Dinner Theatre), April 17 to late June.

This show probably needs no introduction, but I only saw it on stage for the first time last year at Stratford in Ontario. A classic, with lots of familiar tunes (“If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” “Do You Love Me?” etc). Stage West doesn’t do a lot of conventional musicals, so this is a nice treat, and sure to be popular.

From the website: In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Young Frankenstein, Front Row Centre, April 18th – May 3rd, 2014

If you love Mel Brooks’ zany sense of humour, you’ll enjoy the stage version based on the popular movie.

From the website; IT’S ALIVE! With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania”, “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made!

The Pirates of Penzance, Morpheus Theatre, April 18 to May 3, 2013

Every spring, Morpheus Theatre does a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Pirates of Penzance is one of their best known and loved shows. Aside from the fact that it includes my favourite G&S song (“A Modern Major General”) I have a soft spot for the show, because I got $50 for playing French Horn in the pit orchestra for community theatre production in Mississauga in the ‘80’s – my first professional gig as a musician :)

From the website: In The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of ternderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29th in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age, Forte Musical Theatre, April 15-26

Calgary’s only professional musical theatre company is usually a good bet for quality productions – this one being less of a musical and more of a concert. They’re also one of the few theatre companies that still have a pay-what-you-can Tuesday show. 

Technology has the power to bring people together like never before. Is social media a force for good or are our online lives making us more isolated than ever? Touch Me is a one-act musical theatre revue featuring all-new songs composed by writers from across Canada (and a couple of honorary Canadians too!) Funny, tuneful and sometimes poignant, “Touch Me” is bound to get you thinking about the connections in your life.

Bingo Ladies, Lunchbox Theatre

If you’re looking for a bite-sized show during your lunch hour, or on Friday or Saturday evening, consider Canada’s longest running lunchtime theatre.

From the website: Bingo is serious business. Rituals, good luck charms, superstitions. Friday night at the bingo hall is sacred. But are our three intrepid bingo ladies addicts, or just enthusiastic? How far are they willing to go to win? Bingo Ladies explores their lives with rousing musical numbers and shows us the humanity of the bingo hall

Still Playing  (See March Musicals for detailed listing – See February Musicals for Elvis, who’s STILL hanging in there:)

Same Same but Different – ATP (until April 6)

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Storybook Theatre (until April 12)

Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover, Jubilations Dinner Theatre

 

March Musicals in Calgary

March is sure coming in like a lion with some bitter cold temperatures in yyc. You COULD hunker down in front of the tube, but why not get off the couch and out to the theatre instead? We’ve got a few new musicals opening, along with Elvis, who’s still hanging in there, of course :). For information and tickets for any of the following shows, go to the links for each company.

If you’re looking for people with whom to go to shows, check out the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group, that I also run. We go to most musicals as well as a number of other events that interest our members.

Opening in March

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