Artistic Director Adam Brazier has revealed the playbill for The 2020 Charlottetown Festival at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown.
“For many years, I’ve been itching to do a large scale musical comedy—a show that not only has great music but also some brilliant tap dancing and hilarious comedic characters,” says Brazier. “The Drowsy Chaperone is exactly that show. I believe this is the funniest musical written in the past 25 years, and it just so happens to be Canadian.”
Hailed as “the perfect Broadway musical,” the five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows the tale of a glamourous celebrity bride and her impending wedding. The Drowsy Chaperone plays the Homburg Theatre June 30 to September 26, 2020.
Making its world premiere at The Mack in 2020 is a new production celebrating the life and songs of Cape Breton singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. Developed with the family of the late singer, Dear Rita is a musical love-letter to a soft-spoken and passionate performer whose songs were international hits, inspiring people around the world.
From a script from the PEI’s Mike Ross and Lindsay Kyte, this cabaret musical will feature a cast of five and play June 25 through September 25.
Also playing at The Mack from July 11 through September 26 is a new Canadian comedy, Bed & Breakfast, dubbed “a doozy worth of Fawlty Towers” by the Toronto Star.
Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will return for its 56th consecutive season next summer, a testament to enduring story of an orphan girl who came from away and changed the Island forever. Anne™ returns to Confederation Centre a bit earlier than usual next year, beginning previews on June 3, and showing through September 26. New set and costume designs will be added in 2020, completing a three-year reimagining of the production led by designer Cory Sincennes.
Further announcements will be made in the months to come.