Broadway Café: Unsung Heroes

Feb 04, 2023 - Feb 04, 2023 | Studio | 8 p.m.

It takes a village to put on a musical. This very special edition of Broadway Café hosted by Studio Head Tech Natalie Demmon and multi-disciplinary theatre artist Debbie Friedmann celebrates the dedication of unsung heroes like technicians, designers, musicians, dressers, communications departments*, and countless others. This is the perfect time to break out your favourite hidden gem song from a musical or songs about theatre making!

*For legal reasons this is a joke written by the communications department. All theatre departments are invaluable to theatre creation. 

Registration here: https://forms.gle/CfCrNrdgUrRKHcwv9

Debbie Friedmann
Debbie Friedmann is a director-choreographer from Vancouver, celebrating her 6th year as an avid Broadway Café superfan! She is an alumnus of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program and the Segal Centre’s Jewish Arts Mentorship Program. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Contact Theatre, a local independent musical theatre company alongside her partner in everything Ally Brumer. Contact’s next musical Reefer Madness runs April 20th - 29th at the Mainline Theatre! Her most recent projects include Director-Choreographer for Next to Normal, Bonnie and Clyde (Contact), Chicago (AUTS), and The Addams Family (WISTA). She has also had the pleasure of assisting Amy Blackmore on Rocky Horror Picture Show (MainLine Theatre) and Trevor Barrette on The Sages of Chelm and Hughesical (Segal Centre for Performing Arts). She is so excited to be hosting Broadway Café alongside her brilliant friend and collaborator Natalie!



Natalie Demmon

Natalie Demmon is a Broadway Café regular; it helps that she is also Head Tech of the Studio space and makes that theatre magic happen. She holds a BA Double Honours in Music and Drama from Bishop's University which is where she fell in love with all aspects of theatre. Natalie can be found on and off stage as a performer, designer, and technician. She will be making her Montreal directorial debut with The McGill Savoy Society's upcoming production of The Sorcerer!

Performance credits include The Sages of Chelm (DWYT); Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers (McGill Savoy Society), and Blue Stockings (Persephone Productions).



HOW IT WORKS:

  • VIRTUAL SIGN-UP: you must sign-up to sing at the link above before 4 p.m. the day of the event.
  • The order of performances will be drawn at random live the night of the event. We’ll do our best to get to as many singers as possible, you can help us by picking a song that is under 3 – 4 minutes. 
  • When the hosts call your name, you will have a chance to consult with the pianist before singing. All our pianists are experts at sight-reading and will be able to accompany you and make you feel comfortable. 
  • Our “one song rule” remains in effect. We will let everyone sing once before anyone can sing a second time. Solos, duets, trios, group songs all count as your one song, so choose wisely.
  • The only exception to this rule is preview numbers of upcoming musicals. These must be booked in advance and will not count towards your “one song”. We will even promote your production on our Broadway Café Facebook page. For more info or to reserve a preview spot, message us on social media or send an email to mthompson@segalcentre.org 
  • The themes are just for fun! Use the prompt as inspo or sing whatever your heart desires.
  • Click here for a list of the songbooks available onsite. If you have a specific song you’d like to sing we’d recommend bringing your own sheet music to be sure. 
  • Please bring your sheet music on double-sided and three-hole punched paper. 
  • Seating is general admission. This is not a show so you can feel free to get up and move around as needed. The bar will be open throughout and concessions are allowed in the theatre.
  • Broadway Café is a warm, supportive, and welcoming environment open to singers of all skill levels. We will cheer you on and be your back-up singers no matter what!
  • Amongst its many perks, Class Act offers members -50% off on tickets to Broadway Café as well as a -10% at the bar. Find out more about this amazing subscription package for students and under 30. 
  • This event is 16+ only



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