New play blends hockey and musical theatre

The Hockey Sweater: A Musical will debut at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts this fall

Hockey and musical theatre will come together this fall at Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts. The Hockey Sweater: A Musical will bring Canadian author Roch Carrier’s popular story to life with a modern twist.

The opening night will be on Oct. 19. The musical will pay homage to the story’s original Quebec roots while introducing new elements like music and choreography.

“[The original story] has been made into a beloved film; it’s a classic Canadian and Québécois story and we wanted to bring it to the stage,” says Lisa Rubin, the Segal Centre’s Artistic & Executive Director.

Based on Carrier’s life and set amidst the tension between francophones and anglophones in Quebec in 1946, the story follows a young boy obsessed with hockey and the Montreal Canadiens. The boy sports legendary player Maurice “The Rocket” Richard’s jersey everyday, so much so that his mother is forced to throw it out and order a new one. By some mishap, the boy is sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, the Canadiens’ biggest rival and is ridiculed on the ice by his teammates.

The play will incorporate original music and lyrics by Canadian theatre artist Jonathan Munro and is being directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, best known for her work at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Feore has directed productions of Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music and more. The Hockey Sweater: A Musical will run until Nov. 12. Tickets are now on sale for $52.

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