Next generation of performers hit the Savoy stage next month
Cape Breton Summertime Revue getting ready for return.
The summertime revue is back and it is featuring some of Cape Breton’s best up and coming talent from “the next generation.”
The “Cape Breton Summertime Revue - The Next Generation” opens Aug. 2 at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay at 8 p.m.
“I think people are going to be delighted because the show has the old time feel of the revue but with some fabulous new entertainers,” said Maynard Morrison, director of the 2015 show and a revue alumnus.
Morrison said they are hoping the fans from years ago as well as a new generation of people will come out.
The production continues at the Savoy on Aug. 3,4, 9, 12 and 13 and also goes on the road with shows in Pictou and Mabou.
“They’ll know some of these people such as Jordan Musycsyn, he’s a very popular musician, singer, songwriter in the area,” Morrison said.
However he said other cast members, such as Stephanie Hennessey, Richard Burke, Heather Rankin, Peter MacInnis and Margaret MacPherson, are all amazing.
“Of course we’re just tickled pink to have Heather Rankin. everyone knows what a fabulous singer she is. She’s one of the funniest women on the island.”
Morrison said the band, led by musical director Stephen Muise, features top musical talent including Fred Lavery, Brian Talbot, Allie Bennett and Boyd MacNeil.
The original and renowned “Cape Breton Summertime Revue” had a very successful run throughout the 1990s and toured nationally as a stage production that featured original music and comedy ranging from the anthemic to the bitingly satirical.
Its success wasn’t a surprise since it featured such talent as Bette MacDonald, Rita MacNeil, Allistair MacGillivray and The Rankin Family.
The original production team has passed on the torch to the Savoy to produce “Cape Breton Summertime Revue - The Next Generation.”
Pam Leader, executive director of the Savoy, began plans for the revue in September 2014.
“It’s a show that’s fun, full of music and laughter, Cape Breton humour,” Leader said. “The more you read the scripts, which are work in progress, the more you laugh. The cast and musicians are all top- notch, it’s going to be great.”
Peter MacInnis of Mabou said he is thrilled to be part of the show.
“It kind of feels surreal sometimes to be on the stage with Heather Rankin and Stephen Muise and Richard Burke and everyone else in the show and in the band, they’re so professional.”
MacInnis is well known through the popular “Cape Breton Chats” on YouTube.
“To put some of my characters on stage, I never thought I’d get to do this,” he said. “It’s just a lot of fun — having a lot of laughs with everyone else.”
Performers in “Cape Breton Summertime Revue - The Next Generation,” from left, Jordan Musycsyn, Stephanie Hennessey, Richard Burke, Heather Rankin, Peter MacInnis and Margaret MacPherson, rehearse on stage at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay. The show opens Aug. 2.
Fred Lavery, a member of the “Cape Breton Summertime Revue - The Next Generation” band takes part in a recent rehearsal at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.