Montreal’s beloved flagship English-language theatre company The Segal Centre for Performing Arts has just announced the programming for its 49th season and we’re elated with the selection of plays and musicals that will be coming to town from 2016-2017! Here’s a quick peek at the lineup of mainstage productions to hit the spotlight in the months to follow:
To kick off the season, Aaron Posner’s My Name is Asher Lev brings to life the beloved book by Chaim Potok. This co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre explores the choices Asher Lev, a gifted artist from a religious family, must make to be true to himself and follow his passion. Is he willing to give up his faith to fulfill his destiny? A Montreal Premiere! Directed by Steven Schipper.
September 11 – October 2, 2016
A World Premiere, the outrageously fun Prom Queen: The Musical is based on the true story of Marc Hall, the Ontario teen who took his Catholic District School Board to court for the right to bring his boyfriend to prom. His fight for equality rallied a town, made international headlines, and inspired a nation. An original new musical comedy created by an all-Canadian team! Directed by Marcia Kash.
October 27 – November 20, 2016
Award-winning Montreal filmmaker Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, Good Neighbours, Travesties) returns to the Segal Stage to direct Michael Frayn’s insanely popular comedy Noises Off, a classic play-within-a-play that follows the on and off stage shenanigans of a hapless director and his ragtag group of actors who must pull their act together to put on a show. Directed by Jacob Tierney.
January 29 – February 19, 2017
The Tony Award®-winning Broadway classic Million Dollar Quartet finally makes its Montreal Premiere! Inspired by the true story of the night four music legends — Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins — came together for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions ever, this toe-tapping jukebox musical features some of the most beloved hits of the 1950s. Directed by Lisa Rubin.
April 13 – May 14, 2017
Having received critical acclaim internationally, How to Disappear Completely is written and performed by award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal. Combining powerful storytelling, humour, and the magic of stage lighting, Erdal recounts coming to terms with his fatally ill mother’s request to help her die on her own terms, a timely theme for Montrealers as Canada continues the debate on right-to-die legislation.
April 30 – May 14, 2017
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre presents the Canadian Premiere of the Broadway hit show It Shoulda Been You in Yiddish with English and French supertitles. In this musical comedy, two families from vastly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wild romp down the aisle. Tempers flare and worlds collide in this uproarious ode to wedding day insanity! Directed by Jim White.
June 4 – June 25, 2017
To round out the season, the Segal has teamed up with the Just For Laughs International Festival to produce the Canadian English Premier of What’s in a Name?, an adaptation of Le Prénom. In this shocking comedy, a scandalous baby name turns a casual dinner party into an outrageous verbal slugfest where juicy secrets are served and long-standing friendships might get cooked. Adapted by Jeremy Sams.
July 9 – July 30, 2017
To download the 2016-17 Segal season brochure and for more details on all of the other exciting announcements that were made at today’s launch event, visit the official Segal website at: http://www.segalcentre.org/subscribe/2016-2017-theatre-season/
And here’s a tip: to experience all of these shows at reduced ticket prices and to enjoy great benefits like free parking, priority seating, free exchanges, and exclusive savings, we highly recommend becoming a Segal subscriber! Find out more at www.segalcentre.org/subscribe