The Lyric Theatre Singers to Return to Concordia University with 'RAISE YOUR VOICE!' Revue

The Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia University's DB Clarke Theatre June 16, 17 and 18 with 4 presentations of Raise Your Voice! A Glorious Broadway Revue. This original musical theatre revue features 46 performers and five musicians serving up a joyful, eclectic collection of Broadway's most memorable moments.

This year's energetic show is the creation of the musical theatre dream-team: Bob Bachelor, Chris Barillaro (Last Night at the Gayety, Centaur; Funny Girl and Belle Soeurs: The Musical, Segal Centre) and Cathy Burns. "The programming process never changes: each of us brings material to the table that will engage our audience, challenge the Singers, and really show off their formidable talents. This year's repertoire includes well-loved standards but we've also got lots of contemporary material too", confided Bachelor. "The song list spans ten decades of musical theatre from Rodgers and Hart's 1929 show, Spring is Here, to the newly-named Pulitzer Prize-winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his 2008 quadruple Tony-winning, In the Heights."

Raise Your Voice! is jam-packed with some of Broadway's most dynamic songs of hope and triumph. "We clearly have a positive, uplifting theme throughout the show this year; it's as inspirational as it is entertaining," said co-director, Cathy Burns. Highlights from The Music Man, Annie, South Pacific, Cinderella are deftly interwoven with selections from more recent shows such as The Lion King, Newsies, In The Heights, Sister Act and more, including a special nod to composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz, featuring selections from Wicked, Godspell, The Bakers Wife, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. "Not only is the musical program diverse but so is our ensemble", added co-musical Director Chris Barillaro. "We have singers from an array of cultures who live all over the city and surrounding areas. And so many young faces too, which is rare in a company this well established. Most of Lyric's performers now are in their 20s and 30s, like me," he winked.

The creative team of Bachelor, Burns and Barillaro is completed this year by guest choreographer Jonathan Patterson (The Producers, Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Segal Centre; Last Night at the Gayety, Centaur). The Lyric design team is comprised of lighting designer Paul Ludwig Teichgraber, sound designer Rob Burgess and costume coordinator Karen Pearce. The rehearsal and show pianist, the 2014 META nominee for Outstanding Emerging Artist and new to Lyric this year, is David Terriault (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Forever Plaid, Segal Centre; and Spring Awakening, Persephone Productions/Centaur; Godspell, Beautiful City Theatre). Joining David on stage in the band is Chris Barillaro on keyboards and percussion, Jennifer Bell on reeds, Evan Stewart playing bass and Alessandro Valiante keeping everyone in tempo on the drums.

IF YOU GO:

The Lyric Theatre Singers' RAISE YOUR VOICE!

Thursday June 16 8:00 PM

Friday June 17 8:00 PM

Saturday June 18 2:00 & 8:00 PM

At DB Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455, boul. de Maisonneuve, (corner of Bishop St.)

Indoor parking: Webster Library Bldg. (1400, boul. de Maisonneuve)

Reserved Seating - Wheelchair Accessible

Tickets: $36 Regular; $32 Students / Seniors; $17 Children 12 and under; $30 "Student Friday"; and $30 Groups of 15+. Box Office: 514-743-3382 or online at www.lyrictheatrecompany.com and lyrictheatreboxoffice@gmail.com.

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

The Lyric Theatre, founded over 50 years ago, is a producer and promoter of musical theatre in the Montreal area. What began in 1965 with a vision of a community based group presenting an annual stage production on the West Island has, thanks to the creation of The Lyric Theatre Singers in 1990, grown into a company of performers from all areas of the city. The Singers rehearse and perform 10 months out of every year, presenting their very popular Broadway revues and Christmas concerts.



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