Blue Bridge Theatre replaces Pal Joey with Private Lives and adds Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Giants of Country – Blue Bridge Country Classics concert as fund raiser.
Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre today announced that it will be replacing its previously announced production of the 1930’s Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Pal Joey with another 1930’s classic – the comedy Private Lives by Noel Coward. In addition, the seven year old theatre also announced that it will be adding 5 performances of a benefit music concert Giants of Country – Blue Bridge Country Classics with Zachary Stevenson singing the songs of Hank Williams and Buddy Holly, Jonas Shandel singing the songs of Johnny Cash and Samantha Currie singing the songs of June Carter and Patsy Cline.
“Both these events are aimed at generating greater economies with the proceeds going towards helping the society achieve a more sustainable financial model as it completes its seventh season” said BBRT General Manager Rebekah Johnson. “We will soon be announcing our plans for a re-structured and exciting eighth season of plays and these moves are the first steps in a re-vitalized business plan which will see Blue Bridge gain financial and administrative stability over the next few years” added board and company member Shauna Baird.
“Really, although I love the music of Rodgers and Hart,” said Artistic Director Brian Richmond, “I am equally as excited to be tackling perhaps one of the greatest and most enduringly popular classic comedies of the 20th century. Coward was a true trail-blazer in terms of his championing alternative approaches to sexuality and marriage and, in Private Lives, he created a classic portrait of the joys and trials of modern day marriage which is just as hilarious as it was when it premiered 85 years ago.”
Giants of Country – Blue Bridge Country Classics will serve as a fund raiser for Blue Bridge. “I am delighted to welcome back not only Zachary Stevenson and Samantha Currie who have wowed audiences with their enormous talents in previous Blue Bridge offerings but am delighted that Jonas Shandel will be joining us fresh from his sold out portrayal of Johnny Cash in Chemainus Theatre Festival’s recent hit Ring of Fire.” Richmond added.
Private Lives runs from July 7 to 26 while Giants of Country- Blue Bridge Country Classics runs from June 11 to 14.
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