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Billy Joel and Elton John tribute turns spotlight on greatest hits

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Jeff Scott is Elton John. Jeff Brewer is Billy Joel. The two bring their tribute The Piano Men to the Hudson Village Theatre, beginning May 24.

The tribute-band industry is a booming one. People flock to the experience for any number of reasons. Perhaps your favourite artist has died —  think David Bowie or Michael Jackson. Maybe the tickets to hear the real artist are too expensive. Or perhaps your absolute favourite never tours your neck of the woods…. Read the full Article from KATHRYN GREENAWAY, MONTREAL GAZETTE

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Peter Pan – Holiday Pantomime

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As the cold of winter begins to set in, and the nights turn longer, there is an unmistakable joy that brings life to Hudson. That’s right, the annual Christmas Pantomime is back once again! This year’s show, Peter Pan, is the story of a mischievous boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, The Mermaids, and the pirate Captain Hook. This year, the whimsical magic of Peter Pan will be brought to life by Director Glen Robinson, Set Designer Lea Durocher, Costume Designer Tina Struthers, and Musical Direction by Andrew McCafferty!

The Wizard of Oz – Holiday Pantomime

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This is the story that started it all. It begins when a little farm girl, Dorothy Gale, her Aunt Em and her dog Toto are blown away in a tornado and land in a fairyland named Oz. Here she meets a very unusual cast of characters – the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, and together they go on a quest to see the Wizard of Oz, each of them seeking what they want most in life. Making their way along the Yellow Brick Road through a series of hair-raising encounters, they arrive at the City of Oz only to be told by the Wizard that they first must complete certain tasks before he will grant their wishes.

They eventually overcome many dangerous challenges and complete their tasks, only to find that the Wizard is really just a humbug. They realize that the things they were seeking, they had all the time. Filled with music, dance, song and the usual Panto twists, The Wizard of Oz promises to be an unforgettable journey. Somewhere over the rainbow.

The Double

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The Double

Adapted from Dostoyevsky’s novella, The Double.

A Bad New Days Production

A thrilling production, this adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece is part Charlie Chaplin, part mystery, part psychological thriller – and pure entertainment.  This exciting work of physical theatre evokes the great slapstick comedies of yesteryear, but is fresh, mysterious and immediate.

An anxious government clerk meets a strange lookalike who is daring, romantic, and brash – a success at everything the clerk fumbles.  Is it really his double, or could he just be paranoid?  An ingenious Molotov comedy cocktail filled with laughter, obsession, and original live music, this Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning satire features the dazzling prose of Dostoyevsky, over-the-top physical comedy, and outrageously entertaining performances by a brilliant cast of three.

An outlandish riff on the eternal search for personal identity and social status, The Double will make you cringe with compassion… as you double over with laughter.

“Hysterical[…] It’s pure theatre, with none of the preciousness that term sometimes signifies and all of the exhilaration.”  – Robert Cushman, The National Post

“Clever and engaging […] If Dostoyevsky foreshadowed Freud, this post-Freudian gang can mock him with élan. 3/4 *s” – Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail

“If you want to experience the joy of pure theatre then head down to see the Double. […]With the success of Spent last year and now with this stylish and madcap production of The Double, TheatreRUN has established itself as company whose productions you miss at peril to your artistic wellbeing.”  – Christopher Hoile, The Stage-Door

“thrilling…ingenious…fast-moving, funny and psychologically complex. NNNN’s” – Glenn Sumi , Now Magazine

“That was me laughing out loud…I love to laugh at the theatre.” – Former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson

Photos : Lacey Creighton

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The Double discovers Dostoyevsky’s funny side

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“Hey, let’s put on a show right here! How about something by Dostoyevsky!”

To the best of my knowledge, that’s a line never spoken in any of those cheerful old movies, usually starring Mickey Rooney, about fresh-faced youngsters meeting the challenge of summer stock theatre.

Yet here’s Hudson Village Theatre, that summertime company housed in a delightfully picturesque railway station, inviting the great Russian malcontent to come darken their doorstep with this touring adaptation.

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The Double …nothing short of delightful!

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A physical but dark and deeply introspective comedy, “The Double” tells the tale of the tragic but humorous mental disintegration of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, the downtrodden assistant to the chief clerk in a government office in 19th Century Russia. Albeit polite, proper, and well-established, Golyadkin is a highly distressed man: lonely, distrustful, disturbed, and rather unsure of himself.

In a visit to his German doctor, his internal conflict and anxiety are further revealed and he is told that he needs to get out and enjoy himself. Simple orders, but rather difficult ones to follow when you feel as if the world is constantly conspiring against you.

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Private Lives

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Private Lives

by Noël Coward

A 20th Century Comedic Masterpiece

Love, lust, passion, romance, hatred, hilarity, betrayal and genius wit set the stage for a champagne-fuelled battle of the sexes!

Razor-sharp wit and sparkling dialogue fly in Private Lives – Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.

Glamorous aristocratic divorcees, Amanda and Elyot, haven’t seen each other in years.  So when they find themselves honeymooning with their new spouses at the same time and in the same French hotel in adjacent suites – they get the shock of their lives!  Ditching their jilted spouses, the divorcees run off together – and thus begins one of the 20th century’s most beloved comedies.

Noel Coward’s best loved and internationally-acclaimed, legendary comedy, Private Lives.

This explosive production proves Noël Coward has the power to thrill, provoke, delight and hold the audience in stitches.

The timeless battle-of-the-sexes comedic romp!

The incomparable Noel Coward’s genius play, Private Lives is sophisticated, urbane, and as hilariously catty as they come.

Noël Coward wrote his sophisticated comedy of manners in just four days.

Witty, fast-paced, full of razor sharp dialogue, the play marked the peak of his comic prowess.

one of the world’ most most popular comedies

a comedic masterpiece

a comic masterpiece from the most popular comedic genius of the 20th century


*Presented by special arrangement with
The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

The Ladies Foursome

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The Ladies Foursome

By Norm Foster

Quebec Premiere

A follow-up to his massive hit, The Foursome, the comedy king has penned another gem, starring four brilliantly funny women.

Catherine’s funeral has ended.  The next day, her friends, Tate, Connie and Margot gather for a round of golf in her honour.  But another woman joins them on the green – an old friend of Catherine’s they’ve never met.  The mysteries and surprises begin, and over the course of eighteen holes, secrets unravel, confessions are made and shocking details emerge as the women discuss love, life, sex, children – and everything in between!

60’s Spotlight Show

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This high energy kick-off to HVT’s Games We Play season is an exciting musical production that salutes the most influential decade of our time.  The show features eight veteran musicians and is a feast for the ears, taking you back to the days of peace, love, war, protest, hippies, flower power, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.  Relive the music, the culture, the fashion, and the good vibrations.  The 60s Spotlight Show takes you on a journey to the Psychedelic Era through the British Invasion, from Motown through to Woodstock, sharing background and history about the original songs and artists.

Audience will relive the peace and love of the sixties with all those powerful, nostalgic hits from The Who, The Beatles, Diana Ross, The Dave Clarke Five, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Santana and more.

Matthew Tiffin, HVT’s Artistic Director says, “This show rocks.  Audiences have been telling me they want more music in our seasons and I’ve heard many requests for music from the 1960s.  This fabulous show, produced by an Ontario/Las Vegas outfit rocks all the major hits of the era, taking you back on a nostalgic, trippy, peace and love voyage through the most vibrant, complex, and powerful decade of the 20th century.  If you’ve never been to Hudson Village Theatre, the 60’s Spotlight Show is a perfect introduction to our theatre.  And this groovy music crosses all boundaries and doesn’t depend on speaking English or French.  A perfect, inclusive show to kick off our fabulous 2016 Season!”

Produced by Jim and Brenda Eagle, with Musical Direction by Peter de Sousa.

Musicians include: Peter de Sousa, Tim Louis, Adam Bowman, David Rodenberg, Matt Segriff, and Brandon Sanders.

Vocals are fronted by powerhouse singer, Cheryl Lescom, who has been part of the Canadian music scene for over 35 years.  She started off in 1975 with several of her own bands before becoming backup singer for Ronnie Hawkins and touring with Long John Baldry, Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood and Dutch Mason, to name a few.  As the late, great Long John Baldry once said, “Cheryl Lascom has one of the best and biggest voices in Canada.  I’ve had many great singers with me over the years and Cheryl is by far one of my favourites!”

Bring your bell bottoms!  60’s Spotlight Show runs May 25th through June 5th.