Re-imagining a Legend: Josephine A Musical Cabaret, Hits a High Note at the Segal Centre
The Segal Centre is proud to conclude its 2022-2023 season on a triumphant note with the highly anticipated production of Josephine: A Musical Cabaret, which runs from May 28th to June 18th2023.
This international award-winning and off-Broadway one-woman show, is a delightful fusion of cabaret, theater, burlesque, and dance, bringing to life the captivating story of Josephine Baker, an iconic figure of the 20th Century and the first African American international superstar.
Joséphine Baker, a multifaceted force of nature, embodied a myriad of roles throughout her remarkable life. From her humble beginnings in Saint-Louis, Missouri, in 1906, she embarked on a courageous journey away from a United States marred by racial segregation, towards the enchanting embrace of France, where her star would ascend to unprecedented heights. Her legendary repertoire, epitomized by the resounding words of “J’ai deux amours mon pays et Paris” (I have two loves, my country and Paris), reverberates with the profound affection she held for both her roots and the effervescent City of Lights.
Within the confines of France, her audacious performances were hailed with adoration, and she fearlessly shared the silver screen with white counterparts, defying societal norms. However, each return to the United States thrust her into the harsh grip of discrimination.
It was within these experiences that her unwavering commitment to the fight against racial oppression took shape, transforming her into an unwavering champion of equality and justice.
Renowned for its commitment to developing and producing new works, musicals, and cabarets, the Segal Centre showcased its expertise once again with Josephine: A Musical Cabaret.
Created by Tymisha Harris,Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro, Josephine: A Musical Cabaret reached new heights, thanks to the brilliant collaboration with Choreographer-to-the-Stars and So You Think You Can Dance’s own Sean Cheesman, along with the above mentioned exceptional creative team.
Following in the footsteps of previous successful productions like AprilFools, Piaf/Dietrich (formerly known as The Angel and the Sparrow), The Hockey Sweater, A Musical, The Louder We Get (formerly known as Prom Queen), and Belles Sœurs, the Segal Centre transformed Josephine: A Musical Cabaret into a true gem.
This revitalized production featured a host of enhancements, including stunning new costumes by Louise Bourret that brought an added layer of glamour and authenticity to the show.
The redesigned set by Bruno – Pierre Houle provided a visually captivating backdrop that perfectly complemented the story being told on stage.
Furthermore, the addition of a live band trio onstage headed by Musical Director and Montreal based pianist Taurey Butler, expanded the repertoire of songs and material, infusing the performance with even more energy and excitement.
With the Segal Centre’s unwavering commitment to artistic excellence and their exceptional attention to detail, this production transported spectators into the heart of Josephine’s world, immersing them in a truly unforgettable theatrical experience.
Josephine A Musical runs at the Segal Centre until June 18th
*** Content Advisory The Segal Centre acknowledges that some of the play’s content may be difficult for some people.
Recommended for 14+
Features one burlesque number with partial and tasteful nudity ( tassels )
Content includes historical footage of lynching, racial violence, WWII, and swastikas