Friday, April 28, 2006

If you make it here...

Hey, The Drowsy Chaperone, the Canadian musical with book by Don McKellar and Bob Martin and music/lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, picked up 14 Drama Desk nominations yesterday. The DD nods, voted upon by New York's critics, are a good sign that when the show has its official opening on Broadway on Monday, the reviews will be good... And they may be a harbinger of Tony nominations to come.

If Drowsy Chaperone (which started at the Toronto Fringe in 1999) is a hit, it will be a nice change from Canada's previous musical attempts to woo the Great White North. Anne of Green Gables ran from December 21, 1971 to January 2, 1972 on Broadway. Rockabye Hamlet went lasted 7 performances in 1976.
Billy Bishop Goes to War lasted 12 performances in 1980.

Am I missing any?

This isn't, by the way, to slag any of those shows, all of which did very well elsewhere. Nor is it to say that we need to look to the States for validation of Canadian culture. It's just a fun bit o' trivia...

And speaking of Hamlet: The Musical, Alison from Torontoist sent me these awesome clips from a bootleg copy of (or perhaps archival footage from?) Carrie: The Musical. Yes, a for real musical! Never before has the incineration of high school students been so well choreographed! Check it:

"In"

"And Eve Was Weak"

"Out For Blood"

"Wotta Night"

"The Destruction"

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