Already a part of the tradition of the festive summer season, the Lyric Theatre Singers announced the presentation of its show “Too Darn Hot!” a “sizzling Broadway Review” in the words of the producers, to be staged on June 13, 14 and 15 at the D.B. Clarke Theatre of Concordia University.
According to their press release, this show “[c]reated by directors Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns,” [â€¦]” features forty-three performers and five musicians in an exciting mix of Broadway’s hottest hits!”
The Lyric Theatre Singers is, of course, an iconic company in Montreal, although offering a mostly English-language repertoire, it appeals to a wide variety of people from different communities. Its members are also from various Montreal communities. The summer presentation of a music show and the Christmas concert at yearend are a significant component of our city’s artistic traditions.
“We continue to discover and develop new talents and abilities within the cast. They keep getting better, and we keep raising the bar … it’s a win-win for our audiences”, said Cathy Burns. For his part, Bob Bachelor states: “The level of difficulty and the vast assortment of musical styles the Singers have mastered is impressive, as is the range of emotions they evoke. The growing diversity of our performers also encourages us to explore many new ideas, to deliver a thoroughly jubilant and entertaining audience experience.”
This new production by the Lyric Theatre Singers will feature a selection of themes by the composer and lyricist Cole Porter as well as from famous Broadway shows such as “The Band’s Visit,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Company,” “Next to Normal,” “Cinderella,” “Nine” and “Something’s Rotten.” According to their press release, the Singers will also tell the story of three families in pursuit of the American dream at the turn of the 20th Century in a medley from ‘Ragtime’ and recount the incredible true story of how residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 stranded air passengers from around the world in the wake of 9/11 in the opening number of ‘Come From Away.’ ”
Directors Bachelor and Burns are complemented by guest choreographer, Jonathan Patterson, and rehearsal/show pianist, Chad Linsley. Lighting designer James Kokol, sound designer, Joseph Browne and costume coordinator, Karen Pearce, comprise the professional design team.
The shows will take place on June 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m., on June 15 there will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. The D.B. Clarke Theatre is located at 1455 de Maisonneuve (corner of Bishop, metro Guy-Concordia). Cash donations and non-perishable goods will be gratefully accepted for The DepÃ´t, A Community Food Centre (formerly the NDG Food Depot).
For detailed information about the shows and ticket prices visit www.lyrictheatrecompany.com