One of the country's best known theatre critics is praising Charlottetown for having four Canadian musicals playing.

The Charlottetown Festival is offering three Canadian Musicals this summer: Evangeline, Dear Johnny Deere and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. A fourth show, Anne and Gilbert, is on stage across the street from Confederation Centre of the Arts at The Guild.

Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian said the the Charlottetown Festival is getting back to what it should be doing.

"At its best, the Charlottetown Festival was the cradle of Canadian musical theatre," said Ouzounian.

"I'm kind of thrilled to see the three shows that are on at the Confederation Centre and the other one that's moved from Summerside downtown to the Guild all playing at once, and showing people that a season made up of Canadian musicals is a really viable and great thing."

Ouzounian said the assumption is that Canadian shows don't sell, but he hears ticket sales in Charlottetown this summer are debunking that notion.

Ouzounian is no stranger to the Charlottetown Festival. Three of his own works — Dracula, Emily and and The Great Adventure — have played there.

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