This Fall may be unusually light on the Calgary musical theatre front, but September is starting off with a bang with four very different musicals. I am currently on holiday and still waiting to hear from a couple of the companies about interviews, but in case they don’t come through, here’s what I’ve got posted on my Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group site. If you’re looking for people to go to shows with, check us out.
September 5 to November
A modern-day twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. Because it’s easy to say, “I love you anyway”, but hard and all the more rewarding to say, “I love you because”.
For more information, go to Stage West
As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and New York. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
For more information go to http://calgary.broadway.com
“Jealousy flirting with fire
Avarice making a fortune
Everything coming up green
Everything coming up corpses!”
Award-winning Calgary composer David Rhymer and musician & Calgary Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor are collaborating to create a musical and theatrical exploration of the glorification of crime, proliferation of violence in the media, the nature of censorship and the responsibility of artistic creation.
This new concert musical is inspired by the 1940s comic book Crime Does Not Pay that depicted an astonishing array of offenses in lurid detail under the guise of morality tales about supposedly true crime exploits – with the bizarre twist of cartoonist Bob Wood committing a murder much like the characters of his nightmarish creation.
The artists will share some of the songs, stories and design ideas that are currently being developed, and speak about the creative process to this point.
For more information go to http://www.downstage.ca
JOHNNY BE GOODE, Jubilations Dinner Theatre
September 13 – November 10
Back in high school, Johnny spent more time with his guitar then he did studying or socializing with other students. He was considered to be a “music nerd” and was teased by most of the other kids. In 1956, Johnny went on a school band trip to Ottawa, where he met another music student by the name of… Paul Anka. The two boys became friends and when Anka’s career took off, he took Johnny with him! It is now 10 years later and Johnny has been invited to his high school reunion. Most folks at home have forgotten all about Johnny, but when he brings along a few of his famous friends, this reunion becomes one of the best Rock n Roll concerts people ever heard! Friends like: Bill Halley, the Everly Brothers, Connie Francis, Ricky Nelson, Doris Day, The Righteous Brothers, Patti Page and Frankie Avalon just to name a few! Join us for Johnny B. Goode, a rock and roll good time!
For more information go to Jubilations Dinner Theatre.
After these shows open there’s a lull until October. Check out the rest of the Fall schedule on the Schedule tab and watch this space for more information on those shows and other news on the Calgary Musical Theatre scene.