MONTREAL, August 28th, 2018 – The Segal Centre’s incredibly popular series of musical theatre live karaoke nights and sing-alongs is back for an exciting ninth season. “Broadway Café” and “Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess” welcome musical theatre lovers from across North America for ten wild nights of belting Broadway hits.
As these events have evolved greatly in the last nine years and there are always new faces in the crowd, the Segal Centre has put together a helpful guide for first-time Broadway Café-goers and those wanting to know more about this coming season.
“Broadway Café” vs. “Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess”
The Broadway Café season is comprised of two different events: the traditional “Broadway Café” and the “Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess”. While both are wildly fun and entertaining, there a few key differences between the two. Broadway Café is a night of showtune karaoke with live piano accompaniment where guests can sing alone or in groups in front of a crowd. The hosts change every event to highlight various artists from the Montreal theatre community. Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess is reminiscent of famous New York City piano bars like Marie’s Crisis and The Duplex. Broadway expert Nick Burgess is your master of ceremony for the evening and leads the crowd in a raucous sing-along spanning Broadway hits from across the ages. And yes, the lyrics are displayed so that everyone can join in on the fun!
What to expect at Broadway Café
Here’s everything you need to know before coming to your first Broadway Café:
- It is highly recommended to purchase in advance as this event fills up very quickly.
- As of this season, these events are 16+.
- There will be a sign-up sheet available throughout the evening for those wishing to sing. Spots will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a spot to sing in advance and depending on how many people are in attendance we cannot guarantee that everyone will get a chance to sing.
- There is a variety of sheet music available at the Segal Centre for your perusal. You can also bring your own if you have a specific song you would like to sing but please make sure it is double sided and three-hole punched out of courtesy for our pianists. Our accompanists are all extremely talented and sight-read so you do not have to worry about them “knowing your song”. You will also be given some time to chat and prep with the pianist before your turn at the mic.
- There is a “one-song” rule to ensure that as many people get to sing as possible. This means that everyone will be given a chance to sing once before getting to sing again. Solos, duets, trios, groups, etc. will all count as your first song of the night. There will be a separate sign-up sheet put out for those wanting to sing again time permitting.
- The only except to the “one-song rule” are theatre groups wanting to perform a preview excerpt to promote their upcoming production. These promotional spots must be reserved in advance through the Segal Centre’s Broadway Cafe Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Class Act Cardholders get a 50% discount on Broadway Café, and discounts on snack and drinks at the bar!
Your hosts for the 2018-2019 Broadway Café Season
See below for full list of events and to learn more about your Broadway Café hosts:
Broadway Café Curtains Up Edition
September 8, 2018 at 8 p.m.
The first Broadway Café of the season will be hosted by two of Montreal favourite comedians (seriously, they were voted by Montrealers as the #2 and #10 Best Comedian in Cult Montreal’s annual “Best of Montreal” reader poll): Tranna Wintour and Ellie MacDonald. Tranna is Montreal’s “it” entertainer at the moment, best known for hosting sold out event after sold out event including her “Sainte-Céline” and “Dirty Sexy 90’s” cabarets, “Trannavision” screenings, and as the co-host of the podcast “Chosen Family”, which cracked the iTunes comedy top 10. Ellie is a comedian, writer, actor, and singer who grew up doing musical theatre. She has appeared at Just For Laughs’ Off-JFL/Zoofest, Toronto’s SheDot Festival, Montreal Sketchfest, Ladyfest, Festival Phenomena, Pouzzafest, and Montreal ComicCon. She and Tranna co-host the Crazy Bitches cabaret at The Wiggle Room.
Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess
September 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.
The first Big Broadway Sing-Along also happens to be Nick Burgess’ big 40th birthday bash. The evening promises to be full of surprises and fun to celebrate the occasion!
October 6, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Justin Johnson and Mikey Samra host this “bring your own instrument”-themed Broadway Café in honour of the Segal Centre’s production of Once. Guests are encouraged, but not obliged, to show off all their musical talents by accompanying themselves if they want. Segal Centre audiences are sure to recognize both of these charismatic hosts. Justin’s friendly smile has welcomed many patrons on his shifts as a Segal Centre usher, and he has performed throughout Montreal with theatre companies including Black Theatre Workshop, Beautiful City Theatre, and In the Wings Productions. Mikey is a medical student by day and performer by night, and has graced the stage too many times to mention in Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre productions. Both have also performed with the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society.
November 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
The Segal Centre wants to celebrate the iconic women from musical theatre history by inviting guests to bust out their best Barbra, Patti, or Bernadette for this night hosted by the fabulous divas Katee Julien and David Noel! This pair was scheduled to host together last season but Katee was recruited at the last minute to understudy for the role of Edith Piaf in the Segal production of The Angel in the Sparrow with only 24 hours notice and David valiantly hosted on his own. Katee is a fabulous performer with an extensive résumé of successful productions including Les Misérables, Roméo et Juliette, Sweeney Todd, and Mary Poppins. She brought Segal Centre audiences to their feet as Emily Hall in the world premiere of Prom Queen: The Musical. In 2016, she became the first French Canadian singer to take the stage at the illustrious Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York during the Broadway Sessions. This will be David’s third go at hosting Broadway Café. He was last seen on stage as Max in City Boy at MainLine Theatre and as Choir Boy in Plaisirs interdits at Place des Arts’ Salle Claude-Léveillée. However, he is mostly recognized for his recurring roles in 30 vies, Toi et moi, and O’.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story Edition
December 8, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.
Sarah Segal-Lazar and Gabe Maharjan host this Broadway Café that celebrates the Fringe Festival hit Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Guests are encouraged to sing songs from Fringe and independent musicals big and small. Sarah is an actor, director, playwright, and composer. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she starred in the Segal Centre production of Bad Jews for which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance by an Actress at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. Sarah’s latest creation, Don’t Read the Comments won the Segal Centre’s award for Montreal’s Most Promising English Company. She is the Founding Director of PEI’s Fringe Festival. Gabe is a Montreal-based actor and theatre creator. They recently completed The Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in the actor’s stream and participated in Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit. They made their directorial debut when they produced Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries with Playground Productions. Gabe performed in […]Morph for Acherontia and Don’t Read the Comments for Sermo Scomber at the Montreal Fringe in June.
Any Age Goes Edition
February 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
In this special family-friendly edition of Broadway Café hosted by mother-daughter duo Cathy Burns and Kyla Smith, the Segal invites theatre lovers of all ages the chance to perform their favourite musical theatre hits. Cathy has been active in many aspects of musical theatre as actress, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer for professional and community companies in Montreal including the Lyrics Theatre Singers. A graduate of Concordia’s Theatre Department with a specialization in Drama in Education and a Master’s in Education, she teaches full time at Vanier College in Early Childhood Education. Kyla is a music educator and voice instructor. Trained in both classical singing (Vanier College and Concordia University) and jazz voice (McGill), she’s taught at Broadway Academy Westmount for the past five years as a private vocal instructor and currently acts as the musical director for the Segal Academy’s Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA) program. Kyla received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in composition from Concordia in 2015, where she won the Orchestre symphonique de l’Isle (OSI) composition competition. She is also a long-time member of WISTA both as a performer on stage and as a music director.
Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess Nuit blanche Edition
March 2, 2019 at 10 p.m.
Nuit blanche, Montreal’s annual, cultural all-nighter, will feature a very special FREE edition of Nick Burgess’ Big Broadway Sing-Along in the Segal Centre Lobby.
April 6, 2019 at 8 p.m.
In this fun-filled Broadway Café: Miscast Edition hosted by Adam Capriolo and Anton May, guests are invited to embrace the roles in which they would never be cast. Adam is a Montreal actor and director. He appeared in Repercussion’s Romeo and Juliet, the Segal Centre’s Guys and Dolls, and was nominated for a META for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Sir Andrew in Repercussion’s 2015 production of Twelfth Night. He most recently played opposite Ben Stiller in Mike White’s film Brad’s Status. You can catch him on the hit Freeform series The Bold Type. Anton is a British born, Montreal-based actor, singer, and dancer, and an alumni of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. Since graduating with honours from Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program, he has had the privilege to perform across Eastern Canada with Geordie Productions and across the border in The PiTCH at The Finger Lakes Musical Festival as well as Feinstein’s 54 Below. He is very active in Montreal’s theatre scene having performed in WISTA’s Shrek: The Musical, Repercussion’s Romeo and Juliet, and In the Wings Promotions’ The Last Five Years.
May 11, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Hosted by Daniel Wilkenfeld and Mel Thompson, this final edition celebrates the end of another fabulous Broadway Café season. Daniel has been performing in musicals for 12 years. He has appeared in numerous WISTA productions including The Addams Family, Shrek, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Bye Bye Birdie, and Beauty and the Beast. He has also spent a season as a performer with the Lyric Theatre Singers and was featured in the Blame Canada! concert at the beginning of the Segal’s last Broadway Café season. Mel is the communications manager at the Segal Centre and helps manage the Broadway Café events. She has been performing in musical theatre for 10 years with WISTA, Coracole Productions, the Lakeshore Light Opera, and with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.
Big Broadway Sing-Along with Nick Burgess
June 22, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Wrapping up the Broadway Café series, this final Big Broadway Sing-Along is the perfect way to stay cool on a hot summer night. Come celebrate with fellow theatre fans and finish the season with a bang!
All tickets ($10.00) available at 514.739.7944 | www.segalcentre.org
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, 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 Centre 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