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September 20, 2012

Segal Centre performances start big, end big

MONTREAL — A gripping political thriller, an edge-of-the-seat whodunit and a variety of musicals — of the classic, hand-clapping and klezmer kind — ring in a new season of stage works at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.

‘GUYS AND DOLLS’

For artistic director Paul Flicker, the specific goal of the season was a simple one: “Do something that the audiences will absolutely love.”

To fulfill that mission, Flicker said he opted for a more traditional theater nod for the first part of the season, with the second half offering new works and interpretations for the stage. The season begins with “Guys and Dolls.”

“‘Guys and Dolls’ is one of the greats, if not the greatest American musical,” Flicker said.

The Segal production features the return of director Diana Leblanc.

“She has always done work here at the Segal that the audience has really supported.”

Actor Scott Wentworth, who plays the role of Sky Masterson, recently played the part at the renowned Stratford Festival.

“He’s a Tony Award-nominated actor, one of the great musical theater actors in North America, and he’ll be on our stage,” Flicker said.

The cast of 24 also garners a nod from Flicker.

“These are seriously talented musical theater people,” he said. “Plus we have an eight-person band. It’s going to be fantastic.”

“Guys and Dolls” is presented Sunday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 28.

‘RED’

Next is the two-hander “Red.”

“When you start with a cast of 24 like you do in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ it’s nice to have a more intimate work follow,” Flicker said.

“Red,” the six-time Tony Award-winning drama, tells of two years in the life of New York abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko. The work is directed by Martha Henry.

“She’s our leading lady of Canadian theater,” Flicker said, adding that Henry is a Stratford alum and graduate of the first class of the National Theatre School of Canada.

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