Thursday 12 June 2014

Lyric Theatre's Forever Broadway is a real winner

After operating out of the Oscar Peterson Hall at the NDG Loyola Campus of Concordia University for many years,  the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers have relocated downtown to the DB Clarke Theatre. I attended opening night of the 2014 production Forever Broadway! and there is no question that the group has another winner on its hands.
The show features a great set and costumes.

While I love the Peterson Hall, DB Clarke definitely seems like a better fit. Most noteworthy is the large screen with a rolling set of scenery to go with the different themes. Every seat  in this theatre is also a good one.

There are three more shows on June 13 and 14. They feature  a cast of 40 vocalists, backed by five musicians in a   high-energy musical revue!  Forever Broadway! is a tribute to the composers and creators of the musical theatre stage. It combines well known classics with favourite songs from today’s hottest shows.  The local Broadway dream-team of Bob Bachelor and Chris Barillaro, have compiled a crowd-pleasing,  eclectic mix of music that will captivate audience members of all ages. Long time collaborator,  choreographer Mary Sarli, rounds out the artistic team to put the Singers through their dancing paces! 
Numbers like this one are real crowd pleasers.
The audience thorougly enjoyed selections from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella and Thoroughly Modern Millie,  along with ever popular songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Avenue Q and Mary  Poppins.

Bachelor added some selections from the popular, but now cancelled, tv series Smash. He even came on stage and spoke about the show. Those three numbers were definite highlights of the evening.  “These songs are very special, wonderfully written and
are a perfect fit with the other material we have chosen for this show," Bachelor said.

Lyric Theatre is a well oiled machine, offering the type of quality musical entertainment Montrealers are not often exposed to.

Big numbers like this show what efforts go into putting this type of show on.
If you want to buy tickets here is what you need to know:

Remaining Show Dates and Times
Fri. June 13 8PM
Sat. June 14 2PM & 8PM

DB Clarke Theatre
Concordia University
1455, boul. de Maisonneuve, (corner Bishop St.)
Guy-Concordia Metro – Parking
Reserved Seating - Wheelchair Accessible

$34 Regular
$30 Students / Seniors
$17 Children 12 and under
$28 “Student Friday”
$26 Groups of 15+

Box Office

Donations of non-perishable goods will be gratefully accepted for the NDG Food Depot.


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