I’m in Ottawa this month, but if I weren’t, there are a three unique musicals playing this month that I would have wanted to take in:
Sept 14 to Oct 3 What Gives? opened at Lunchbox Theatre this week. This is one of only a half-dozen or so musicals written early in his career by well-known Edmonton playwright Stewart Lemoine. After going to the Edmonton Fringe Festival in August and seeing a number of his plays (including Hey Contessa!), I came away a big fan. This homage to movie musicals of the 1930’s (think Singing in The Rain etc.) is a romantic comedy about a couple of songwriters struggling to write a Broadway musical when they are interrupted by a couple of scantily clad ladies who take them on a New York adventure. As a side note, Lunchbox’s Artistic Producer, Mark Bellamy performed in the original production many years ago and is directing this production for Lunchbox, with Calgary’s Joe Slabe doing musical direction. Website: http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com
Sept 17-18 only. Rock ‘N Roll History of Space Exploration. Too late for this if you missed it – sorry about that. This was the international premiere of a new music and science show by CBC’s Quirks and Quarks host Jay Ingram -part of Calgary’s annual Beakerhead science festival. It was part science, part rock and roll, featuring Jay’s own band The Cosmonauts. As a scientist and musician myself, I’m really sorry I missed this, so I’ll keep my eyes open if it should return. Go to the website to see a video trailer. Website:http://beakerhead.com/event/rock-n-roll-history-of-space-exploration/
Sept 23-25 only. Making Treaty 7, Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, Mount Royal University. This is the show that One Yellow Rabbit’s Michael Green was working on when he and others involved died in a traffic accident. I don’t know if they’d call it a musical, but it includes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal dancing, singing and drumming to tell the story of how 1877’s Treaty 7 came to be and what the impacts have been and continue to be for subsequent generations. For those who are ignorant of this part of our history (that includes pretty much everyone), you may want to take this in. Website: http://www.makingtreaty7.com
I will list the complete Fall musical theatre line-up shortly so stay tuned or go to the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group link to see what’s coming up.
Other musicals playing in Calgary now:
The Wedding Singer at Stage West
Once Upon a Time with Elvis at Jubilations Dinner Theatre