Montreal’s award winning theatre group The Lyric Theatre Singers are returning to Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre June 15.16 and 17 with four performances of Hello Broadway, their new original musical theatre review. Created by directors and longtime Lyric collaborators, Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns, Hello Broadway features 40 performers and five musicians presenting a lively, eclectic assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments, past and present.
“A very strong cast of performers allowed the directors to set the bar even higher this year with music that showcases the Singers’ strengths both as an ensemble and as soloists,” said Burns.
“This year Lyric experienced one of its most exciting auditions, gaining 10 new female voices, nine of them in their 20s or 30s. We took full advantage of the marked versatility of the group to program a unique musical revue with a surprise around every corner!”added Bachelor. “I’m happy to see musical theatre enjoying a vibrant resurgence in Montreal”, said Bachelor, who added, “The material we’ve selected, coupled with the dynamic staging and choreography, is great fun and will keep audiences smiling and tapping their toes.
Hello Broadway has something for everyone. The mini-musical presentation of Once Upon A Mattress, complete with props, and dialogue, is a homage to composer extraordinaire Jule Styne of Funny Girl, Gypsy, Bells Are Ringing fame, and highlights from A Chorus Line, Chicago, Grease, Follies, The Music Man as well as more recent shows such as Steel Pier, Lion King, Avenue Q, the 2016 Tony Award-winning blockbuster, Hamilton, and much more.
The creative team of Bachelor and Burns is complemented by guest choreographer, Jonathan Patterson (The Producers, Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Segal Centre; Last Night at the Gayety, Centaur).
This year Westmount resident David Chiiv is part of the cast. Of Asian descent and originally from France, Chiv came to Montreal several years ago,to further his career in business. He discovered Lyric Theatre Singers three years ago while searching the internet for Montreal groups he could try out for to develop his interest in singing. They welcomed him with open arms, especially since it’s always a challenge to find male singers. Totally bilingual, he is a strong and talented singer and always auditions for solos, usually landing at least one in every show. He is also totally bilingual.
Hello Broadway performance are on Thursday June 15, Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 at 8 p.m. A matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 17.
The venue is the DB Clarke Theatre, 1455, boul. de Maisonneuve, (corner of Bishop St. Guy-Concordia Metro). Indoor parking at 1400, boul. de Maisonneuve
Reserved Seating and wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are available at the box office 514.743.3382 or On-line: www.lyrictheatrecompany.com
Donations of non-perishable goods will be gratefully accepted for the NDG Food Depot.
ABOUT LYRIC THEATRE
The Lyric Theatre, founded over 50 years ago, is a producer and promoter of musical theatre in the Montreal area. What began in 1965 with a vision of a community based group presenting an annual stage production on the West Island has, thanks to the creation of The Lyric Theatre Singers in 1990, grown into a company of performers from all areas of the city. The Singers rehearse and perform 10 months out of every year, presenting their popular Broadway revues and Christmas concerts annually.