Montreal musical theatre lovers! With the spring season just around the corner, we’ve done some dirty digging and heavy shovelling to discover just which shows are soon to sprout on the scene. From high quality college productions to big Broadway spectacles, there’s something for all budgets and tastes on the agenda. Here’s our “at-a-glance” list of the hottest book musicals soon to hit stages across town!
Broadway Touring Production
April 18th to 23rd at Place des Arts’ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (175 Ste-Catherine St. West, H2X 1Z8)
After playing 8 sold out performances in 2014, the National Tour of the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon finally returns to Montreal! In this outrageously hilarious comedy, a pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries, one serious and dedicated and the other socially awkward yet well meaning, are sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. When they arrive in Africa, the missionaries find a community grappling with poverty, AIDS and violence. Presented by evenko and Broadway Across Canada.
Regional Professional Theatre
April 23rd to May 14th at the Segal Centre (5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine, H3W 1M7)
May 17th to May 21st at Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle (175 Ste-Catherine St. West, H2X 1Z8)
The Segal Centre presents the Montreal Premiere of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that tells the true story of how Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, brought together four music giants – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley – for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions ever. A jukebox musical featuring some of the 50’s greatest hits, it’s a surefire night of fun and upbeat entertainment.
March 17th to 25th at the Hudson Village Theatre (28 Rue Wharf, Hudson, J0P 1H0)
The Hudson Music Club celebrates 65 years with the Sondheim and Lapine adult fairy tale classic! The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
Tickets ($22 – 25) at www.villagetheatre.ca | (450) 458-5361
March 23rd to April 1st at John Abbott College’s Casgrain Theatre (21275 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, H9X 3L9)
John Abbott College’s Department of Theatre and Music (Workshop Production) presents the hilarious 1980’s shipboard romp where nightclub singers, evangelists, stock market tycoons and gangsters mingle and voyage into the tumultuous ocean of love. Cole Porter’s magical score features hit songs such as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You. It’s Delightful, it’s Delicious, it’s De-Lovely.
Tickets ($7 – 13) at www.brownpapertickets.com
LATER THIS SPRING/EARLY SUMMER
Other upcoming musical theatre productions to keep an eye on include:
- It Shoulda Been You presented by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre in association with the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from June 4th to 25th
- Shrek the Musical presented by the West Island Theatre Association (WISTA) from June 9th to 17th
- Little Shop of Horrors presented by the Côte St-Luc Dramatic Society (CSLDS) from June 15th to July 2nd