Hud­son Mu­sic Club ope­ning Fri­day

Mu­si­cal ex­tra­va­gan­za pro­mises toe-tap­ping en­ter­tain­ment

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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

Club his­to­ry

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.

PHO­TO COUR­TE­SY OF THE HUD­SON MU­SIC CLUB

The Hud­son Mu­sic Club will open its

an­nual show, 42nd Street, this Fri­day in Vau­dreuil.

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