Hudson Music Club opening Friday
Musical extravaganza promises toe-tapping entertainment
The Hudson Music Club, which has existed in its earliest form since 1952, will become the lullaby of Vaudreuil-soulanges Friday, when the curtain goes up on their newest annual musical production. This year’s offering, 42nd Street, which won a Tony Award and enjoyed a long run on Broadway and in London, is based on a novel by Brandford Ropes. It tells the tale of a famous director who tries to mount a Broadway musical at the height of the Great Depression.
The show features a full slate of well loved Broadway tunes including Lullaby of Broadway, I Only Have Eyes for You, and, of course, 42nd Street.
Gail Marchand, HMC president and chief costume designer, who has been at work since September on the show’s more than 372 costume scenarios, said 42nd Street is "a show about a show."
Set in the mid to late 1930’s, the story follows a theatre group as they try to mount a production whenmoneyis more than tight.
"The depression has hit and there’s no money... These shows cost $100,000 in those days, but the show gets a rich backer, but there’s a catch," explained Marchand, who didn’t want to give too muchaway.
"It’s a wonderful show with so many great songs," she said.
And for at least one member of the cast, an elderly gentleman, it’s a story that comes from his heyday.
"He grew up in that era and he knows all the songs," laughed Marchand.
Sheila Engel Katz, Hmcmusical Director, said it’s her job to handle all of the harmony, timing of songs, as well as to teach the music or anything to do with songs to the actors. Engel Katz also has to coordinate the show’s underscoring music.
She says the show is "very, very, very uptempo," and fast paced and features four
A group of 25 cast members and twice that number of behind-the-scenes volunteers are set to unveil a musical theatrical production that’s been more than six months in the making.
tap dancing numbers, which is ambitious for any show. Engle Katz credits a band that includes Chris Barillaro on the electric keyboard, Linda Laroche on piano and Emily Thompson on drums with setting the right tone for the show
The Hudson Music Club, a non-profit amateur group, has been producing toetapping extravaganzas that are anything but amateur for the past 60 years. The club counts members of all ages among its ranks and donates all proceeds from each year’s show to notable local organization. For the past several years that has been La Passerelle Women and Children’s Shelter in Vaudreuil-dorion. This year, the club has adopted Hudson’s Le Pont Bridging food bank as its primary cause. It will also donate proceeds from the show to the Hudson Youth Centre.
And unlike other performance-based groups, HMC is a club that keeps its members busy throughout the year.
"Yes, we put on a big show (each year), but we also do a lot of fun things throughout the year, including our Oscar Gala following our annual show," Marchand explained.
Other club events include a talent showcase for members, an AGM barbecue, the club’s annual Broadway in the Park show, and, newthis year, a summer show in July.
"We are a very close group and we just like to do things together," Marchand said of the club philosophy.
42nd Street will open March 16 at the Grand Theatre in Vaudreuil-dorion, located at 400, rue Saint-charles. The show will run until March 31, with evening and matinee performances taking place each weekend. For tickets go to: www.hudsonmusicclub.com, or call tollfree: 1-866-967-8167.
The Hudson Music Club will open its
annual show, 42nd Street, this Friday in Vaudreuil.