Back again

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.

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