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N The Queen of Paris: Broadway-bound

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The next hit musical on Broadway may be on its way - and it's from Quebec!

It's called N The Queen of Paris and a creative team from Montreal wrote the book, music and lyrics.
Over the next three nights, you can even see an advance performance.

The musical is set in late 19th-century Paris and it tells the story of a young single mother and aspiring actress who rises to stardom.

Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson are the creators and co-directors of  N The Queen of Paris. They're also the co-founders of the Montreal entertainment production company Monlove.

They join All in a Weekend host Sonali Karnick in studio this morning.

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Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

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Remember that classic film from the 60's with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft?  The Segal Centre will present the stage adaptation of The Graduate to open their new season. Our summer host Pierre Landry heads to the theatre to talk with director Andrew Shaver and the two musicians who've created the show's music, Justin Rutledge and Matthew Barber.

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(Photo, left to right: Matthew Barber, Andrew Shaver, and Justin Rutledge; by Pierre Landry.)
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Grove Hall in Huntingdon

Huntingdon and Grove Hall.jpgGrove Hall in Huntingdon in the Chateauguay Valley is a 19th-century church that became an arts centre just over a year ago. The place offers shows that are for - and by -  the local community. It relies a lot on local talent and volunteers - to act, sing, build sets, and sell tickets.

Mark Bye bought the place and brought it back to life.
He grew up in Huntingdon. Now he teaches at the National Theatre School, but he also offers local workshops at Grove Hall.

This weekend, Mark's welcoming in some friends from Repercussion Theatre who are bringing Shakespeare to the green lawn around the hall.

In the middle of all that (!), we've called him up to talk about what makes this new community arts centre tick. Here's his conversation with Pierre Landry.

(Huntingdon with Grove Hall, courtesy of Grove Hall)

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