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News Release

April 2007

The Award Winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre
& BMO Bank of Montreal
By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Alexandre Marine
April 29 May 20, 2007

"I have heard God's voice through the mouth of an obscene child."
Salieri on Mozart

MONTREAL April 2007 The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre is elated to be closing the 2006-07 English theatre season in such style. We are excited not only by this gripping story, but also taken by the music and looking forward to the electricity created by director Alexandre Marine, Damien Atkins as Mozart and Jean Marchand as Salieri in the Tony award-winning play, Amadeus. This will be one of the highlights of the theatrical season.

Don't miss this opulent and wickedly funny epic production featuring Damien Atkins as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jean Marchand as Antonio Salieri. Set amidst the splendour of an 18th century Hapsburg court in Vienna, Peter Shaffer's thrilling play pits blistering human ambition against divine genius. Antonio Salieri, court composer for the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, is the most renowned musician of his age... until the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives. Amadeus literally means, 'the loved one'.

The currency of the piece is palpable on many layers. Alexandre elaborates, "In contemporary terms, Mozart would be somewhat of a rock star - conquering millions with his art, yet leading a life that is accompanied by constant scandal in the press, inadequate behaviour in society, financial loss and early death (such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Aaliyah etc.)" Added to this is the timeless theme of uncontrollable and all-consuming envy. Alexandre explains, "Here, envy speaks from the agency of a man who, being a good musician, understands perfectly well the place Mozart holds in the world of music. He also understands his own more modest and likely less-noticeable place in those dusty archives of omniscient musicians." He continues, "Salieri, like no other, understood and felt the music's true value. What he could not understand was how to compose the music."

"I see we are going to have fêtes and fireworks." Joseph II, Emperor of Austria

"My sentence: I must endure thirty years of being called distinguished by people incapable of distinguishing." Salieri

Innovative and respected Moscow director/actor/playwright Alexandre Marine (founder of Montreal's Théâtre Deuxième Réalité) is welcomed to The Segal stage for the first time. The connections are strong and highly anticipated- the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin wrote the short play Mozart and Salieri in 1830. This became the basis of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's 1898 opera and the inspiration for Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. Segal favourite Damien Atkins (The Glass Menagerie, Cabaret, The Importance of Being Earnest) returns in this plum role. Highly sought-after bilingual actor and accomplished musician, Jean Marchand is honoured to be part of this, his debut production at The Segal. Completing the cast are some of Montreal's most talented actors including: Chip Chuipka (last seen at The Segal in My Old Lady), Trevor Hayes, Greg Kramer, Ian Lake, Brigitte Pogonat, Andrew Shaver and Brett Watson. Rounding out the company is Adrien Blazevic, Nick Drossos, Adina Katz, Chris Masson, Rhiannon Moller-Trotter, Bradley Picken and Lauren Roy. Amadeus ran for over 1,000 Broadway performances. The film adaptation, directed by Milos Forman, won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The inspired team lushly recreating history includes set and props designer for ballet, opera and theatre, Yannik Larivée; busy costume designer James Lavoie; city-wide, busy lighting designer, Spike Lyne; and musician/composer sound designer, Dmitri Marine. The assistant director is Sophie Gee and the stage manager is Elaine Normandeau.

88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal with Kelly Rice
Sunday, April 29th, 11am. Admission is free.
Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures with CBC radio host/producer and McGill University music history lecturer, Kelly Rice.

Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada
As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal. Combined with lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances have become an outstanding package that true theatre buffs cannot resist.

Tickets and Media Information
Previews: April 29 1:30 pm
Apr. 30, May 1, 2, 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Segal: April 29, 11:00 am

Opening Night: Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm

Run: April 29 May 20

Monday-Thursday, 8:00pm
Saturday, 9:00pm
Sunday, 7:00 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1:00pm / Sundays, 2:00 pm

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