The Charlottetown Festival

Anne Shirley and Frankie Valli kick off the 2024 season

Emma Rudy, Kelsey Verzotti, and Justin Eddy in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ (2022)

Two legendary musicals kick off The 2024 Charlottetown Festival this month. Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ and Jersey Boys begin performances in June at Sobey Family Theatre, the main stage at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ tells the story of a freckle-faced, red-haired orphan named Anne Shirley that will inspire the imagination, tickle your funny bone, and mesmerize the audience with its graceful and exhilarating singing and dancing. The Canadian classic is a humorous, touching, and dynamic musical that has been entertaining Islanders and visitors alike since 1965. 

“The story of Anne is an integral part of Prince Edward Island culture, and the Centre is thrilled to continue the musical’s legacy,” says Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts. 

Actors Kelsey Verzotti and Laurie Murdoch, who played Anne Shirley and Matthew Cuthbert in the 2022 Festival production, will reprise their roles. The 2024 presentation of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ coincides with 150th birthday celebrations for author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It runs from June 19 to August 31. 

Playing alongside Anne is the wildly popular jukebox musical Jersey Boys, which tells the rags-to-riches story of the 1960s rock and roll group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. As they rise to stardom, the lifelong friends celebrate the highs and endure the lows that come with fame. The musical features several hit songs from the group, including “Sherry,” “Beggin’,” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” 

Jersey Boys delighted audiences on Broadway and London’s West End, and has been honoured with four Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the Olivier Award for Best New Musical; and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. 

Jersey Boys is an international musical phenomenon that has played around the world, and we are excited to stage the first Atlantic Canadian production,” says Brazier, who will direct the show.  

Jersey Boys runs from June 25–September 21. 

The 2024 Charlottetown Festival will also feature shows at The Mack and Outdoor Amphitheatre starting in July. Productions include Becoming Dolly, an exhilarating cabaret show from Islander Jessica Gallant. The show takes a musical journey through the life of country music legend Dolly Parton with toe-tapping renditions of iconic songs like “9 to 5,” “Coat of Many Colours,” “Jolene,” and more.

Tickets are available at confederationcentre.com, 1-800-565-0278, and at the Centre’s box office.