Montreal, May 10, 2017 – The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT), Canada’s longest running and most important Yiddish-language theatre, is proud to be producing the Canadian and Yiddish world premiere of It Shoulda Been You. Presented in Yiddish with English and French supertitles by the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, this hilarious musical filled with crazy twists and turns will take the stage from June 4 to June 25, 2017.
A Wild Musical Romp Down the Aisle!
Tempers flare and worlds collide in this uproarious ode to wedding day insanity. The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. When an unexpected ex-boyfriend crashes the ceremony, an event already on the edge gets tipped right over it! Can the bride’s sister and co-maid of honour turn a tangled mess into happily ever after?
Revamped and Enhanced by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.
This un-blissfully charming musical celebration has been translated by DWYT co-chairs Edit Kuper and Aron Gonshor. In addition to being translated into a new language, the production, under the guidance of Director and Choreographer Jim White, has increased the chorus bringing the cast total to twenty-four new and veteran DWYT community performers. White returns to the Segal for the eighth time, his past credits at the Centre include Lies My Father Told Me, On Second Avenue, and Guys and Dolls. The production also showcases the incredible Music Direction of Nick Burgess (Guys and Dolls, The Producers, and Soul Doctor).
The set design has been creatively crafted by Marjolaine Provençal (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Segal), and Costume Designer Louise Bourret (whose many Segal musical credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Producers, and Million Dollar Quartet) brings her signature fabulous flair to the production. They will be joined by the talented and experienced Luc Prairie (Lighting Designer), and Peter Balov (Head of Sound).
On the Decision to Present It Shoulda Been You in Yiddish, Segal Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin said:
“It Shoulda Been You is a charming romantic comedy with a contemporary sensibility, replete with family dynamics that stand the test of time! How perfect then to heighten this production with the nostalgia and richness of the Yiddish language. The result is a modern Jewish musical with a twist that is sure to leave a smile on your face!”
June 4 – June 25, 2017
Sunday, June 4 – 1:30 p.m.
Monday, June 5 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 – 8:00 p.m.
(by invitation only)
Thursday, June 8 – 8:00 p.m.
Mondays & Sundays – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday (closed Fridays) – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays June 11, 18, and 25 – 2:00 p.m.
Group, Senior, Student, Under 30 discounts available. Subject to availability
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 Montreal 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. The Segal is home to the celebrated Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (est. 1958), and a recognized artistic leader in Montreal’s Jewish community. The Segal believes in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities and is committed to offering relevant, engaging, and accessible programming. www.segalcentre.org
About the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) is a resident theatre company of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Canada’s oldest and most important Yiddish-language theatre. Since 1958, the DWYT has been dramatizing the Jewish experience and sustaining the Yiddish theatre legacy at home in Montreal and abroad. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented over 90 critically-acclaimed productions, ranging from classics and original works to dramas and musicals. Founded by Dora Wasserman, OC, OQ, the company was led to new heights by Dora’s daughter, Bryna Wasserman, who remains its Artistic Director.
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents
A Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Production
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
Presented with French and English supertitles
June 4 – June 25, 2017
At the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
(5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7)
Book and Lyrics by BRIAN HARGROVE
Music and Concept by BARBARA ANSELMI
DWYT Artistic Director BRYNA WASSERMAN
Director and Choreographer JIM WHITE
Music Director NICK BURGESS
Translation of Yiddish Book and Lyrics by ARON GONSHOR & EDIT KUPER
Set Designer MARJOLAINE PROVENÇAL
Costume Designer LOUISE BOURRET
Lighting Designer LUC PRAIRIE
Head of Sound PETER BALOV
Stage Manager ISABEL FAIA
Assistant Stage Managers STEPHEN ALARIE & ALLIE GREENLEAF
Assistant to the Director and Dance Captain NAOMI KRAJDEN
(in alphabetical order)
AMANDA BENN – Ensemble
ROSIE CALLAGHAN – Jenny Steinberg
MOISHE CAMPBELL – Walt
JOANNE CUTLER – Georgette Howard
CRAIG DALLEY – Ensemble
PAULA WOLFMAN FRANK – Ensemble
KAREN KARPMAN – Judy Steinberg
BETTY KIS MARER – Mimsy
NAOMI KRAJDEN – Rebecca Steinberg
JORDANA KUJAVSKY – Ensemble
HANNAH LECOUSY – Ensemble
SAMANTHA LEVY – Ensemble
CHERYL-ANN LILIETH – Annie Sheps
NICOLAS MANCUSO – Ensemble
MIKE MELINO – Greg Madison
SAM MELNICK – Ensemble
MERV MIDDLING – George Howard
JUSTIN MUNIZ – Brian Howard
KARYN PELLATT-CARON – Aunt Sheila
MARC-ANDRÉ POULIN – Albert
MIKEY SAMRA – Marty Kaufman
SAM STEIN – Murray Steinberg
MÉLANIE THOMPSON – Ensemble
STAN UNGER – Uncle Morty
NICK BURGESS – Band Leader / Piano
DANIEL FUCHS – Violin
BETH MCKENNA – Reed
CLAIRE DEVLIN – Reed
ZOU ZOU ROBIDOUX – Cello
MIKE DE MASI – Bass
PARKER BERT – Drums / Percussion