Feb. 17 - Mar. 6, 2010
Book by SHERMAN YELLEN

royalty, romance and intrigue of the court of
King Henry VIII is brought vividly and melodically to life in
this dramatically fascinating, musically stirring and
visually captivating musical.
Don’t miss the Canadian premiere of the penultimate
Broadway musical by the legendary composer of
THE SOUND OF MUSIC paired with the lyricist of
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
MICHAEL CAPON
LESLEY ANSELL
SHEILA LACASSE
GARETH CREW
MALCOLM BYRNE
JOE CASCONE
Anne Boleyn / Elizabeth I
Will Somers
Catherine of Aragon
Princess Mary
Comus
Mark Smeaton
Jane Seymour
Cardinal Wolsey
Katherine Parr
Francis, King of France
Claude, Queen of France
Prince Edward
Music Director
Costumes by
Lighting by
Production Stage Manager
Directed by
DAVID HAINES
CAROL KUGLER
ELIZABETH ROSE MORRISS
ERIC BOTOSAN
DAMIEN GULDE
ANDREA STRAYER
LLOYD DEAN
SUSAN SANDERS
LARRY GIBBS
STEPHANIE DOUGLAS
MAX LEE
Production Team
David Haines, Sheldon Harnick,
Joe Cascone.
Joe Cascone as King Henry VIII
version of this troubled show.

Troubled only begins to hint at what went on with this musical in 1976. The juicy details are fully recounted in
Joe Cascone’s excellent
program notes.

This is a fascinating musical with a book so strong that it could be a play.  At the age of 74, Richard Rodgers was still writing pleasing
melodies, and Sheldon Harnick matched them with insightful lyrics.

Joe Cascone gives a commanding performance as the self-indulgent King.  Henry VIII is not a terribly sympathetic character, but
Cascone softens the rough edges just enough to show us a king who is flawed, but creditable.

As Catherine, the King’s first wife,
Carol Kugler is given a fine opportunity to display both her acting and singing talents with one of the
score’s most touching songs, “As Once I Loved You.”  In the role of Anne Boleyn,
Ashley Gibson provides a well developed portrait of
the strong-willed queen.
Gibson returns in the second half as the adult Princess Elizabeth, shining in a fiery confrontation with Henry.

There is terrific support from Damien Gulde as court musician Smeaton,
Eric Botosan as court astrologer Comus, and David Haines
doing what he does best offering up some comic relief as Will, the court jester.

The chamber-sized orchestra under the direction of
Michael Capon provides a proper period feel, always in balance with the singers.
Sheila Lacasse has outdone herself with the stunning costumes. The evocative set by David Haines and Blain Berdan conjures up a
properly austere 16th century look, enhanced by
Gareth Crew’s precise lighting.

Among those attending the opening night performance was lyricist and Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick who told the cast that this
production was the show he had always envisioned. With an endorsement like that, all I can add is get your tickets fast. The show runs
to March 6.