Montreal’s English Theaters Illuminate the Stage with 2023-24 Season Premieres !

As the curtains rise on the 2023-24 theater season in Montreal, the city’s cultural aficionados are in for a double delight, with both the Segal Center and the Centaur Theatre unveiling captivating premieres that promise an exceptional year of live entertainment.

“alterNatives”: Exploring Contemporary Social Dynamics and uncomfortable truths through Comedy and Cross-Cultural Encounters

Written by renowned Indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor and directed by Xavier Huard, “alterNatives” is set to captivate audiences from October 17 to November 5, 2023.

In this groundbreaking production, Drew Hayden Taylor brings his trademark wit and profound cultural insight to create a wry, humorous exploration of contemporary social dynamics, offering an unfiltered perspective on the complex relationships between Indigenous and settler communities.

The play revolves around the life of Angel, a young Anishinaabe science-fiction writer, who finds himself in a May-December relationship with Colleen, a “non-practicing” Jewish academic devoted to the study of Indigenous literatures.

However, unbeknownst to Angel, Colleen takes the bold step of inviting Angel’s estranged “alterNative warrior” activist friends to share a meal with her own comrades – a pair of white, liberal vegan veterinarians.

What ensues is an uproarious evening filled with cross-cultural communication, and inevitably, miscommunication, shedding light on the uncomfortable truths that continue to influence the relationship between these two contrasting worlds.

The stellar cast includes Charles Bender, Natalie Tannous, Étienne Thibeault, Lesly Velázquez, Nadia Verrucci, and Xavier Watso. These talented actors bring the characters to life, delivering a powerful and thought-provoking performance.

Drew Hayden Taylor’s “alterNatives” promises to be a must-see theatrical experience, serving as a testament to the power of comedy and drama in addressing the pressing issues of our time.

Centaur Theatre’s commitment to bringing this production to its audience underscores the importance of supporting diverse voices and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

alterNatives” runs from October 17 to November 5, 2023, at Centaur Theatre.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Centaur Theatre box office and their official website.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of contemporary society.

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Takes Center Stage at Sylvan Adams Theatre

October 15, 2023 – November 12, 2023

A Musical Journey from Songwriting Teen to Rock & Roll Royalty

The Sylvan Adams Theatre in Montreal is buzzing with excitement as the critically acclaimed “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” takes the stage from October 15 to November 12, 2023, and now with an extended run featuring six additional performances due to overwhelming demand.

This Tony® and Grammy®-winning sensation is a must-see for music lovers and theatergoers alike, chronicling the extraordinary life and career of the iconic Carole King.

Written by Douglas McGrath, the production weaves together the words and music of Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, thanks to an arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

The musical arrangements, orchestrations, and vocal harmonies are skillfully crafted by Steve Sidwell. Directed by Kelly Thornton, with musical direction by Floydd Ricketts and choreography by Jaz Sealey, “Beautiful” is a remarkable collaboration of talent both on and off the stage.

Tess Benger as Carole King. Promotional art from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

The heart and soul of the show, the role of Carole King, is brilliantly brought to life by Tess Benger, capturing the essence of the legendary singer-songwriter in a way that will leave audiences in awe. This production is also a co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, ensuring a seamless and captivating performance.

“Beautiful” transports audiences back in time to witness the incredible journey of Carole King. It’s a story of determination, love, and the pursuit of dreams that resonates with audiences of all ages. From her teenage years as a budding songwriter to her eventual induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Carole King’s life is nothing short of remarkable. This musical takes us on a nostalgic trip, offering a front-row seat to her struggles, her victories, and her musical evolution.

Photo by Emelia Hellman, featuring Darren Martens, Tess Benger, Mike Melino, and Laura Olafson. Set Designer: Gillian Gallow. Costume Designer: Louise Bourret. Lighting Designer: Hugh Conacher

One of the highlights of “Beautiful” is the musical score, which features over two dozen timeless pop classics. From “You’ve Got a Friend” to “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” the production seamlessly weaves these classics into the narrative. Audiences can expect to sing along to their favorite tunes, transported back to the golden era of American music.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” has received international acclaim and has become a true phenomenon, leaving audiences with a heartwarming experience they’ll cherish forever. Carole King’s story is brought to life through her music, and it’s a tale that can evoke fond memories of an era gone by as well as spur motivation for young aspiring songwriters.

With an extended run and additional performances added, there’s no better time to secure your tickets to this unforgettable production.

“Beautiful” is a celebration of music, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of Carole King. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible journey into the life of a true music legend.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, 2023 opening photo with cast and crew
With: Tess Benger, Darren Martens, Laura Olafson, Mike Melino, Cory Wojcik, Ellen David, Rhea Rodych Rasidescu, Ruth Acheampong, Alana Randall, Lisa Bell, Louise Camilleri, Andre Anthony, Davis Okey-Azunnah, Dakota Jamal Wellman, Jeremy Carver-James, Chase Winnicky, Matthew Fletcher, Jonathan Patterson, Quinn Dooley
Directed by Kelly Thornton, musical Direction by Floydd Ricketts, Choreography by Jaz Sealey, Set Design by Gillian Gallow, Costume Design by Louise Bourret, Lighting Design by Hugh Connacher
A Segal Centre co-production with @mtcwinnipeg
Photos by Emelia Hellman

For ticket information and showtimes, visit the Sylvan Adams Theatre website. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is the feel-good, heartwarming experience you won’t want to miss this fall in Montreal.