Montreal, April 20, 2017 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today a stellar lineup of programming for its 2017-2018 Season. In this year of celebration across Canada, and here at home with Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Segal is also observing important milestones of its own.
As the Centre enters its 50th year in the community and its 10th season since becoming the Segal Centre, it has planned an exciting season of must-see theatre that will have audiences reflecting on the past, reveling in the present, and fired up about the future.
In pursuit of the Segal’s mission to bring the best new musical theatre to its stage, the season will feature an adaptation of a classic Quebec story about one of our city’s greatest passions, and the English language premiere of a tale drenched with classic songs that shines new light on two international icons. As well, the season will present thought-provoking, world class theatre to Montreal audiences with four plays, including a Tony Award-nominated hit that takes a look at one of history’s most fascinating leaders portrayed by the outstanding Tovah Feldshuh.
“It is an honour to mark this milestone by continuing to bring you first-class theatre that audiences have come to expect from us. We are especially proud of where we’ve come from and we salute all the audiences and artists who have come through our doors. My hope for the 2017-2018 season is that every theatre experience is meaningful, enjoyable, and shared with someone special,” says Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
2017-2018 THEATRE SEASON
THE HOCKEY SWEATER: A MUSICAL
October 19 – November 12, 2017 / World Premiere
A Segal Centre production presented as part of the official program of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebration
With the generous support from Molson Foundation
With additional support from MUSE
Book and Lyrics by Emil Sher | Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Monro | Based on the short story The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier | Translated into English by Sheila Fischman | Published by House of Anansi Press | Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore | Set and Costume by Michael Gianfrancesco | Costume Co-Design by Louise Bourret | Lighting Design by Luc Prairie | Projections by Normal
Starring Gabe Mattka & Alessandro Gabrielli, Claire Lautier, Richard Jutras, Scott Beaudin, Kate Blackburn, Andréane Bouladier, Geneviève Dufour, Jean-François Poulin, Brandon Howard Roy, and Ian Simpson, featuring Drew Davis, Annelise Forbes, Jesse Noah Gruman, Lucas Kalechstein, Jocelyn Mattka, and Berkley Silverman
The story you know and love!
In 1946, Roch Carrier lived for one thing only: hockey. When his favourite hockey sweater–the glorious “tricolore”–becomes tattered and too small, his mother insists he get a new one. But when a mail-order mix-up leaves him dressed in enemy colours, Roch must learn the importance of what’s in your heart, even when it’s not on your sleeve.
November 8 – November 26, 2017
A Segal Centre Production
By Joshua Harmon | Directed by Lisa Rubin | Set and Costumes Designer Brian Dudkiewicz | Lighting Designer Itai Erdal | Sound Designer Dmitri Marine | Assistant Director Caitlin Murphy | Stage Manager Birdie Gregor | Starring Jamie Elman, Victoria Diamond, Jake Goldsbie, and Sarah Segal-Lazar
2016’s sold out production returns with the original cast!
When three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to mourn the death of their beloved grandfather and fight over a precious family heirloom, they learn there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is an exciting exploration of faith, family and legacy that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny.
“MASTER HAROLD”… AND THE BOYS
January 21 – February 11, 2018
The Segal Centre, in association with Black Theatre Workshop, presents a Shaw Festival production in association with Obsidian Theatre
By Athol Fugard | Directed by Philip Akin | Starring James Daly, André Sills, and Allan Louis | Set and Costumes Designer Peter Hartwell | Lighting Designer Kevin Lamotte | Dance Sequences Valerie Moore
The acclaimed Shaw Festival production
Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 1950. 17-year-old Harold does his homework while two black men, who have long worked as servants for his family, clean the floors. As the day unfolds, the three reminisce fondly about times spent together, but when news comes that Harold’s alcoholic father is returning home, affections turn to anger, intimacies sour, and the personal becomes political.
February 25-March 18, 2018 / Canadian Premiere
By Jordan Harrison | Directed by Lisa Rubin
A Segal Centre Production
2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
85-year-old Marjorie, grappling with her fading memories, receives help from a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed only the best stories of her life back to her. But given the chance, what would we remember, and what would we forget? In this wondrous, touching, and clever new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity, collective family memory, and the limits – if any – of what technology can replace.
THE ANGEL AND THE SPARROW
April 15 – May 6, 2018 / English World Premiere
By Daniel Große Boymann and Thomas Kahry | English translation by Sam Madwar | Based on a concept by David Winterberg
A Segal Centre Production
A play with music, featuring 20 immortal hits by two international stars
Based on the true story of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, two indomitable women of incomparable talent. An intimate and entertaining portrait of a fascinating relationship between two show business giants that were so different yet so much alike. This new musical drama recounts how the amazing friendship of these unforgettable women began under the most unlikely of circumstances and lasted their entire lives.
Featuring 20 of their greatest hits including “La vie en rose”, “Milord”, and “Just a Gigolo”.
May 22 – June 10, 2018
By William Gibson | Starring Tovah Feldshuh
The longest running one-woman show in Broadway history!
A riveting portrait of one of the great trailblazing women in history, Golda Meir, and her journey from the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, as Israel’s first and only female Prime Minister. This award-winning play features four-time Tony® and two-time Emmy® Award-nominated Tovah Feldshuh. This one-woman tour de force promises to be a thrilling, deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre.
Beyond the Stage
Audience engagement plays a vital role in the Segal Centre’s mission. To complement the productions being presented on stage, the Segal will continue to offer the highly attended Sunday @ The Segal pre-show lecture series, an opportunity to explore the history, themes and ideas behind each production, and Monday Night Talkbacks, a post-show chat with the creators and actors of the plays.
Broadway Café, the Segal’s highly popular open mic night for musical theatre buffs, and Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess will also return for the season and will feature many exciting special guest hosts from the Montreal musical theatre community. Patrons under 30 can take advantage of getting half off the price of admission by becoming Class Act Cardholders.
The Segal’s Academy will continue to offer unique after-school courses for aspiring performers, running from October to May. “Ped Day” programs, performing arts camps, workshops and special events are back due to popular demand to entertain and educate students from grade 2 to 11 when school’s out.
The Segal will also be announcing a new concert series this fall.
2017-2018 Subscriptions are now on sale!
See all six 2017-2018 productions and save up to $28 per show*! Furthermore, Segal Subscribers enjoy world-class theatre and many outstanding benefits, including free indoor parking, priority seating, free ticket exchange and exclusive savings at the Segal and our cultural partners. Purchase a Segal Subscription before June 25th, 2017 for a chance to win your subscription for free. Individual tickets go on sale August 7, 2017.
The Class Act Card offers the under 30 crowd the ultimate flexibility to enjoy theatre at the Segal. For only $80, Class Act Cardholders get four credits that can be exchanged for tickets. On top of $20 tickets, cardholders also receive extra perks like discounts at the bar, savings on additional tickets, access to special contests, and much more!
Details on the full season available at www.segalcentre.org
*Comparison based on regular full priced tickets vs. senior preview 6 play subscription.
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org