Tuesday, Apr. 16th - Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Playhouse can always be counted on to attract the long-awaited Spring temperatures by turning up the heat and filling the theatre with sensational music and jam-packed audiences.
The theatre’s 2019 Season gets off to a sensational start April 23-28 with Glory Days!, a blockbuster live concert of hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s backed by a dynamite live band featuring some of the best artists in the country. The concert highlights the music of the legendary bands who got their start at California’s famous Troubadour Club-bands who began as unknowns but soon grew to become iconic contributors to decades of hit parades.
Still a nightclub in West Hollywood, the Troubadour opened in 1957, was a major centre for folk music in the 60’s and grew to be a thriving showcase for singer-songwriters and rock bands. The Playhouse will rock with fabulous renditions of music from many of the artists who hitched their stars on the Troubadour-such artists as Elton John, who played his first concert in the United States at the Troubadour, after being introduced by Neil Diamond, who had just recorded his first live album there.
Among other great careers launched at the Troubadour and whose music Playhouse audiences will once again enjoy were The Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Kelly Clarkson, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Bruce Springstein, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
Glory Days! has its premiere performance at The Playhouse, and show creator Chris McHarge has designed a show to appeal to the theatre’s audience. It’s obviously working. The first eight performances have virtually sold out with a few seats remaining and an additional show has been added to accommodate demand.
"Live concerts have an energy that simply can’t be duplicated any other way," says Artistic Director Donnie Bowes, "To experience that live music in our intimate space here at The Playhouse is a real treat."
Glory Days! features a company of talented and versatile musicians that will take audiences back to those heady Troubadour Club days. Willem Cowan, vocals and guitar, has opened for such acts as April Wine, Glass Tiger and David Wilcox. Stephen Ingram, vocals, keyboard and percussion, is a pianist, composer and musical director with extensive musical theatre credits. Julia Dmytryshyn, also vocals, keyboard and percussion, is an actress as well as a musician, was lead singer of The House Coats Band and has appeared in such musicals as Little Shop of Horrors and A Chorus Line.
Band leader, keyboards and vocals, Chris Dahmer’s career included a 3-year stint at Lulu’s Roadhouse where he backed Chuck Berry, Ben E. King and Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone. Kevin Dempsey, on drums and vocals, and has established himself in the Toronto Jazz scene. Dahmer was a founding member of the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra as well as featured performer with Guido Basso’s Jazz cruises. On electric and upright bass, as well as vocals, is Matthew Lima who has toured with such artists as Juno Award winners Susan Aglukark and Kellee Evans and played various musicals for Drayton Entertainment and Theatre Aquarius.
Director Chris McHarge has served as Artistic Director with Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover and the Grand Theatre in Fergus and was Artistic Associate at Theatre Aquarius. The show’s musical director is multi-instrumentalist Michael Ray, who started his career at the age of 6 on the Tommy Hunter Show and has gone on to open for such stars as Johnny Cash, John Cougar and The Roadhammers.
Glory Days! is followed by The Playhouse’s popular summer theatre season including Kristen da Silva’s new comedy Where You Are in June; the hilarious farce Don’t Dress For Dinner by Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon in July, Norm Foster’s comedy hit Lunenburg in August and Bernard Slade’s classic Broadway hit Same Time, Next Year in September. The Season continues with The Rise & Fall of Lucien and Leisa Way’s Rock ‘N’ Roll is Here To Stay both in October and Norm Foster’s comedy Ethan Claymore’s Christmas in December. Flex Passes are on sale till June 6th with regular tickets available all season.
Glory Days! plays April 23-28 - www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com / 613-543-3713/1-877-550-3650