Montreal, February 12, 2020 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is thrilled to be welcoming back Tony nominee and 4-time Dora winner Louise Pitre and W. Joseph Matheson (as seen in 2018’s hit The Angel and the Sparrow) for a concert celebration of Jewish musical artists of the 60s. Directed by Avery Saltzman, The Times They Are a Changin’ will be rocking the Sylvan Adams Theatre from March 1 to March 22, 2020.
A groovy trip down memory lane through the music of the 1960s!
The Times They Are a Changin’ is an uplifting song cycle created in 2017 for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company by Louise Pitre, W. Joseph Matheson, and Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors, Avery Saltzman and David Eisner. The Times They Are a Changin’ celebrates the Jewish voices of the 1960s who contributed to the music that spoke to a generation. Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Arlo Guthrie, Simon and Garfunkel, Laura Nyro, and many more.
“You know and love them from The Angel and the Sparrow (now titled Piaf/Dietrich), and now it is my deepest pleasure to bring you a concert celebration by the incomparable Louise Pitre and Joe Matheson! Louise and Joe are always such a joy to listen to and combined with so many hit songs from the 60s, this show is the cherry on top of an already fabulous theatre season at the Segal,” said Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
“Louise Pitre is sensational…she doesn’t just sell a song, she lives it.” – The Globe and Mail
Receiving a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! was one of many incredible accomplishments for Louise Pitre, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, in a career that spans theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe.
In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances in a number of productions including Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal, and Paris). Montreal audience and critics raved about her performance as Edith Piaf in the North American premiere of The Angel and the Sparrow at the Segal Centre in 2018. In 2019, the musical was brought to Toronto by Mirvish Productions as Piaf/Dietrich and Louise reprised her role as Piaf to enthusiastic reviews as the show extended its run three times. Also in 2019, Louise broke through gender boundaries in Toronto’s Musical Stage Company’s production of Next to Normal by playing the traditionally male role of Doctor Madden (Doctor Fine). She is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betty Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.
She has starred in countless musicals and performs in concert through North America. Her TV and film appearances include CBC’s Over The Rainbow, Merry Matrimony, Lifetime’s A Christmas Wedding, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, MVP, Flashpoint, and the CBC biopicCeline in which she played Celine Dion’s mother, Thérèse. She also has released 5 solo recordings.
“Matheson sings the truth from beginning to end. He captures the soul of the music.” – Victoria Playhouse
Joe has performed across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe. His many acting credits include the Grand Theatre’s smash hit production of Cabaret, the Canadian Premiere of The Jazz Singer at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for The Globe Theatre in Regina. His one-man show Hank Williams LIVE – 1952 has toured nationally, from Whitehorse to Winnipeg and from Vancouver to Halifax. In demand for TV and Film (Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black, Odd Squad) as well as theatre (Shaw and Stratford Festivals; Canadian premieres of Jersey Boys, The Who’s TOMMY, Miss Saigon, ASSASSINS; world premieres of The Little Prince, Luck Be A Lady, Paulo, and Daphne), he also does a little writing including the book for Could You Wait? (Grand Theatre, London); Sketching Sunshine (TOV/Leacock Museum); co-lyricist for On The Rocks (Theatre Passe Muraille); four seasons of Laughing Matters, a topical comic revue (Florida Studio Theatre). He charmed Montreal audiences alongside his wife, Louise, in The Angel and the Sparrow and in Toronto in the retitled Piaf/Dietrich.
Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org
W. Joseph Matheson
BAND LEADER/KEYBOARD Nick Burgess
GUITAR 1 Simon Legault
GUITAR 2 Jason Field
BASS Evan Stewart
DRUMS Peter Colantonio
DIRECTOR Avery Saltzman
ORCHESTRATOR & MUSICAL SUPERVISOR Mark Camilleri
MUSICAL DIRECTOR (MONTREAL) Nick Burgess
SET DESIGNER Sabrina Miller
STYLIST Louise Bourret
LIGHTING DESIGNER Emily Soussana
PROJECTION DESIGNER Dan Bowman
STAGE MANAGER Danielle Skene
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Orlando López
March 1 – March 22, 2020
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts – Sylvan Adams Theatre
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
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