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Schwartz’s deli story to be Montreal musical

In Canada on September 24, 2010 at 08:54
An old-time lineup outside Schwartz's Deli in Montreal. Centaur Theatre will produce a musical about the Montreal landmark. An old-time lineup outside Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal. Centaur Theatre will produce a musical about the Montreal landmark. (Centaur Theatre)

Montreal’s Centaur Theatre plans a new musical about Schwartz’s deli, the local landmark known for its smoked meat.

Comedy duo Bowser and Blue (George Bowser and Rick Blue) created the show based on Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein’s book Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story.

The slice-of-Montreal production will feature an ensemble of larger-than-life characters who call Schwartz’s home. It debuts next March.

Centaur Theatre launches its 42nd season this fall with the reprise of a play about the incarceration of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War.

The staging of Paradise by the River, by Italian-Canadian writer Vittorio Rossi, comes just months after the House of Commons passed Bill C-302, which apologized and offered restitution to those affected by the internment.

Rossi will star in the work, which exposes duplicity within the Italian community as well as the struggles of a few people caught in the crisis.

Centaur artistic director Roy Surette also plans the world premiere of a new adaptation of Don Quixote by Peter Anderson and Colin Heath that incorporates mask work, flamenco, bawdy slapstick and music by Robert Buckley. Surette is to direct the co-production with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre and Axis Theatre.

Also part of the 2010-11 season:

  • Medea, in a new translation by Andreas Apergis and Joseph Shragge of Montreal’s Scapegoat Carnavale theatre company.
  • Urban Tales, a Christmas cabaret.
  • Stones in his Pockets, a comedy by Marie Jones.
  • Instructions to any Future Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas, by Michael Mackenzie.


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