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September 26, 2013

Segal Centre presents stage classics

MONTREAL — A magical musical revue, a newly adapted Shakespearean tale and a Chekov classic take to the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts stage this season.

‘AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’’

The season begins on a musical high note with “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a revue featuring five actors and five musicians that pays homage to New York City’s Cotton Club-era and the music of Fats Waller.

“It’s a Harlem Renaissance,” Segal Centre artistic director Paul Flicker said. “There are some incredible voices on that stage.”

The work won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. An added coup to the Segal production: show creator Murray Horwitz will be on hand for an informal talk at the season’s first Sunday at the Segal.

“That’s really exciting,” Flicker said.

Horwitz is also well-known as the creator of the NPR radio program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”

“I’ve had the chance to speak with him on the phone a few times,” Flicker said. “He’s a real riot. He enjoys this crossover between comedy and jazz and even had his early beginnings in the circus.”

The Sunday at the Segal event will be hosted by Patrick Hansen, the director of opera studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

“Patrick is such a character himself that him interviewing Murray should be a great day at the theater,” Flicker said.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” is presented Sept. 29 to Oct. 20. The Sunday at the Segal is at 11 a.m. Sept. 29.

‘OTHELLO’

Next is “Othello,” a co-production with Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre.

“They’re the next up-and-coming English theater company in town,” Flicker said. “We’ve got a really solid cast for this one.” 

The work is directed by Alison Darcy, who enjoys her own Segal ties. Her father, Maurice Podbrey from South Africa, produced last year’s Segal production “Waiting for the Barbarians.” 

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