Montreal, September 25, 2019 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to continue its mission of developing and premiering new musical theatre works with top Canadian talent with a new pop/rock musical about the Greek goddess Persephone. Directed by Brian Hill and featuring a high-energy score filled with epic anthems by Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor, the North American premiere of Mythic will be in the Sylvan Adams Theatre from October 27 to November 17, 2019.
The Myth of Persephone like You’ve Never Heard It Before
The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer hell – especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld! Mythic turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its side, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional socialites.
In this re-imagining, a teenaged Persephone (Julia McLellan – Kinky Boots on Broadway) has been brought up by her boho-chic single mother Demeter (Heather McGuigan – previously in Mirvish’s Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Production) away from the flashy lifestyle of the other gods. As Persephone struggles to find her identity, Demeter struggles to accept her daughter is growing up. On her journey of self-discovery, Persephone falls for bad-boy God of the Underworld Hades (James Daly – last seen at the Segal Centre in Master Harold…and the Boys), becomes frenemies with Goddess of Love Aphrodite (Jessica Gallant – previously as Anne of Green Gables’ titular character in Charlottetown), and gets to know her megalomaniacal father Zeus (Aadin Church – seen in Drayton Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid as Sebastian). A multi-talented ensemble featuring Patrick Park (Prom Queen at the Segal Centre), Jacob Sheffield (Anne & Gilbert at The Guild), Matt Raffy (Anne & Gilbert at The Guild), Kathline Greco (Juste pour rire’s Mary Poppins), Megan Brydon (Juste pour rire’s Mamma Mia), Alexia Gourd (Prom Queen at the Segal Centre), and Eva Petris (the DWYT’s On Second Avenue and Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Captain Aurora) round out the cast of colourful characters.
“When I first saw Mythic, I knew within the first few moments that I was witnessing something truly special. This show is, without a doubt, Broadway bound and it’s a real treat that Montrealers will get the opportunity to see it in its early life. This is your chance to see it before it becomes the next big, impossible-to-get-tickets-to Broadway smash,” said Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
A NAMT 2017 Finalist
In 2017, Mythic (fka Persephone) wowed audiences alongside The Louder We Get (fka Prom Queen) at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s prestigious Annual Festival of New Musicals. With a compelling book and snappy lyrics by Marcus Stevens (also writer the Book and Lyrics for the Richard Rodgers Award-winning Red) and catchy music by Oran Eldor (also responsible for orchestrations and arrangements on the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Anastasia on Broadway, and the Segal Centre’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical and The Hockey Sweater: A Musical), this exhilarating new musical caught the eye of several Broadway producers and received its world premiere at Charing Cross Theatre in London in the fall of 2018. A cast recording of the London production was released with Broadway Records in February 2019. As the authors continue to develop the script and score, the Segal Centre has been licensed to produce the North American premiere, by producers Jane Bergère, whose Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, War Horse, the recent Hello Dolly! revival, and Beetlejuice, and Van Kaplan of US regional theatre Pittsburgh CLO, who brought such hits to Broadway as Matilda the Musical, Kinky Boots, and An American in Paris.
“The committee was taken with the freshness and youthful spirit of this fun, smart take on the well-known myth, and with its catchy pop score; but most of all with its reimagining of its central mother-daughter relationship which places the two at the center of their own destinies,” said the Festival Committee on why it selected Mythic as a finalist.
An A-List Creative Team
The Segal Centre is proud to have assembled a creative team filled with heavy hitters for this brand new production. Brian Hill’s expert direction (his many credits include writing the English adaptation of the book for the Segal Centre and Copa de Oro’s Belles Soeurs: The Musical and as resident director of The Lion King on Broadway among other Disney collaborations) will be supported by Choreographer Avihai Haham (his work can be seen on Eurovision, The X Factor Israel, and Broadway Encores!), and Musical Director Nick Burgess (his credits at the Segal Centre include A Century Songbook, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, and Guys and Dolls). Bringing this divine world to life are Set Designer Olivier Landreville (Segal Centre’s What’s in a Name?), Costume Designer Louise Bourret (Segal Centre’s The Angel and the Sparrow), Lighting Designer Martin Sirois (Segal Centre’s Once), and a rocking sound team including Patrice d’Aragon, Sylvin Sevigny, and Steve Marsh.
ZEUS Aadin Church
HADES James Daly
APHRODITE Jessica Gallant
DEMETER Heather McGuigan
PERSEPHONE Julia McLellan
ENSEMBLE Megan Brydon
ENSEMBLE Alexia Gourd
ENSEMBLE Kathline Greco
ENSEMBLE Patrick Park
ENSEMBLE Eva Petris
ENSEMBLE Matt Raffy
ENSEMBLE Jacob Sheffield
MUSICAL DIRECTOR/KEYBOARDS 1 Nick Burgess
ASSOCIATE MUSICAL DIRECTOR/KEYS 2 Lucie Cauchon
BASS Mike de Masi
GUITAR 1 Simon Legault
GUITAR 2 Jason Field
DRUMS Parker Bert
BOOK AND LYRICS Marcus Stevens
MUSIC AND ORCHESTRATIONS Oran Eldor
DIRECTOR Brian Hill
CHOREOGRAPHER Avihai Haham
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Nick Burgess
ASSOCIATE MUSICAL DIRECTOR Lucie Cauchon
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER Kelly Fletcher
SET DESIGNER Olivier Landreville
COSTUME DESIGNER Louise Bourret
LIGHTING DESIGNER Martin Sirois
SOUND BY Patrice d’Aragon, Sylvin Sévigny, and Steve Marsh
STAGE MANAGER Luciana Burcheri
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Isabel Faia
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Trevor Barrette
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR Yael Silver
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Sylvan Adams Theatre
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
October 27 to November 17, 2019
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture on the ideas and themes of Mythic.
Sunday, October 27 – 11:00 a.m.
Entrance is free.
MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS
A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down.
Mondays, November 4 and 11
TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE
The ideal night out for theatre-lovers in their 30s, 40s, and 50s! Price includes dinner, a drink, and a discounted ticket to see Mythic.
Tuesday, October 29
TICKETS: $53 – $67
Group, Senior, Student, Under 30 discounts available. Subject to availability.
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, developing, 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