Musicals Well Represented at 2013 Calgary Fringe Festival
The Calgary Fringe Festival opens on Friday (yay!) and I’m pleased to see there are several musicals and plays/performances with music this year. I always have a soft spot for the Fringe, since I produced my first-and-only musical, Eve: The True Story, there in 2008.
Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, which means people get in by lottery – as a result it’s kind of a “hit-and-miss” thing – you may see the best show you’ve ever seen, or it could be a complete dud. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. The second-largest Fringe Festival is in Edmonton, Alberta, and draws nearly 800,000 attendees a year! The festival includes short (generally 1 hour) plays for $15 or less (plus your $5 Fringe button) and seating is general admission. For more information and tickets, see Calgary Fringe Festival.
The musical shows I’ve managed to pick out from the programme and attend with the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group are:
- 6 Guitars (a repeat one-night-only performance of a sell-out show at the last two Fringe Festivals)
- Beethoven Rolls Over
- La Cravate Bleu (French)
- Melody Moore
- More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!
- Nashville Hurricane (by Chase Padgett of 6 Guitars fame)
- The Apple Kingdom (super local cast here)
I plan to post previews/summaries here of all these shows in the next week, including interviews with as many of the troupes as I can track down – so keep watching this space. While I’m not doing reviews this year, if I catch any “must-see” musicals, I’ll be sure to let you know.
See you at the Fringe!