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Friday, June 20, 2014

Belles soeurs: The musical english language musical premiere of michel tremblay’s iconic work comes to montreal this fall

Montreal, June 10, 2014 – After taking Quebec by storm, the smash-hit musical adaptation of Michel
Tremblay’s landmark work BELLES SOEURS: THE MUSICAL explodes onto the Montreal stage in its premiere English Language incarnation at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from October 19 to November 9, 2014.

A Quebec Story Re-Imagined for the World Stage
Pairing Michel Tremblay’s iconic 1960s story of working class strife with book, lyrics and direction by René Richard Cyr and the music of Juno Award-winning recording artist Daniel Bélanger, Belles-soeurs théâtre musical premiered at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2010, touring throughout the province and to Paris in 2012.
Montreal producer Allan Sandler, CEO of Copa de Oro Productions, will produce the world premiere English adaptation of this Quebec musical sensation. Sandler has been at the helm of successful theatrical productions in both the English and French languages, including Chicago: The Musical, Grease, and the
Mirvish production of War Horse.

Belles Soeurs: The Musical combines the talents of its original creative team, René Richard Cyr and Daniel Bélanger, with the musical vision of award-winning Canadian writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.

Retaining the Essence of Tremblay’s iconic women
“Our challenge in adapting the French musical to English has been to combine the essence of our original production with the structure of the Broadway-style musical while ensuring that the story and the characters remain quintessentially Quebecois,” stated director René Richard Cyr. The preeminent Quebec theatre, film and opera director makes his English theatre directorial debut at the Segal Centre with this exciting new production.
“Our task has been to retain the essence of these iconic women and tap into their universality for an Englishspeaking audience. It’s been a fascinating and joyful challenge getting inside their heads and finding a
counterpart for their unique voices,” said composer and lyricist Neil Bartram and book-writer Brian Hill.
The New-York based Canadian duo has created multiple musical theatre hits including Broadway’s The
Story of My Life (nominated for four Drama Desk Awards).

“I WANT IT ALL, I WANT IT ALL FOR FREE!”

When a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife wins one million trading stamps from a department store, her
life is turned upside down. She invites her closest friends and relatives over for a stamp-sticking
party, but celebration quickly turns to resentment as thwarted aspirations float to the surface.

Tremblay’s 1968 tragicomedy takes on a whole new dimension in this outrageously fun and poignant musical celebration performed in English by a stellar all-female cast hailing from across the country.
Val Boyle, Lili Connor, Élise Cormier, Lisa Horner, Geneviève Leclerc, Anik Matern, Geneviève St Louis, Stephanie McNamara, Marcia Tratt, Astrid Van Wieren, Paula Wolfson and Jocelyne Zucco have been cast as the heartbreaking and hilarious women of Belles Soeurs: The Musical.

The original design team of Jean Bard (Set Design), Mérédith Caron (Costumes) and Martin Labrecque (Lighting Design) will continue to bring their talents to the new production.

Michel Tremblay: Crossing the language barrier
Playwright Michel Tremblay’s impressive body of work continues to transcend all cultural and language barriers. His plays have been published and translated in a number of languages and have garnered critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and all over Europe.

“Forty six years ago, Les Belles-soeurs began speaking in joual in Montreal. A few years later they spoke English in Toronto and, after that, over twenty-five languages around the world. And yes even in Yiddish... Four years ago they began singing in joual in Montreal and soon they will sing in English for you. These fifteen women will never cease to amaze me!” stated the award-winning playwright.

Segal Centre – Building bridges
Belles Soeurs: The Musical is born out of the Segal Centre’s longstanding association with Copa de Oro Productions (Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Mahalia Jackson Musical) and the Segal’s continuing efforts to adapt Francophone productions for its audiences. The Segal partnered with Théâtre du Rideau Vert in 2010 to produce Old Wicked Songs/Une musique inquiétante by Jon Marans, whose English version won the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre award, and again in 2012 with Morris Panych’s Vigil.
“We have the exciting opportunity to take this beloved local tale and make it resonate through the medium of the Broadway-style musical. Audiences will delight in this new adaptation featuring the same characters, stories and even the set they fell in love with in the original production,” said Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. Belles Soeurs: The Musical is presented by arrangement with B-14 Productions and Agence Goodwin.

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre is a meeting place for all of the performing arts, showcasing the best professional artists from here and abroad and playing a leading role in the artistic development of Montreal’s youth and the creation of its cultural legacy. Through theatre, music, dance, cinema and the Academy, the Segal Centre is setting a broad vision by recognizing the importance of building bridges through the arts and supporting multicultural projects in Montreal. The Centre’s commitment is to ensure that creativity resonates within our community and that it remains accessible and inspiring each and every day. segalcentre.org
Dream Big!
Belles Soeurs: The Musical is part of the Segal Centre’s 2014-2015 Subscription Theatre Season. Discover the full season programming at: www.segalcentre.org

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