2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday and to honour that, Bard To Broadway has chosen two Canadian productions. The Drowsy Chaperone, a successful Broadway musical, and Looking by Norm Foster, Canada’s comic genius playwright and rounding out their three main stage productions is Moon Over Buffalo.
The Drowsy Chaperone is a Tony award-winning musical and is one of Canada’s greatest theatrical success stories. On the eve of their wedding, Robert and Janet encounter unexpected obstacles until all is resolved in the best madcap, musical comedy tradition. B2B performed The Drowsy Chaperone in 2013, but chose to bring it back because of “tremendous audience support and requests to bring it back.”
Looking follows Val, Nina, Andy and Matt, who are all four single people living average lives and not “looking” for something more. Foster begins the play with the first blind date and takes the audience on a funny excursion through the highs and lows and the joys and dilemmas of middle-aged dating.
Fading stars of the 1950s, George and Charlotte Hay find themselves on the brink of disaster with their steadily diminishing theatrical troupe in Buffalo, New York in Moon Over Buffalo. They might have one last shot at stardom – Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his upcoming movie. Multiple complications result in a hilarious, frenetic and fast-paced farce.
Readings for Moon Over Buffalo are scheduled for Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. and for Looking, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at 186 Shelly Road in Parksville. Auditions will be in January.
Bard to Broadway’s 18th season runs from July 4 to Aug. 19, 2017.
— Submitted by B2B