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The magic of local theatre is the accessibility it has in bringing major Broadway hits right to your doorstep. One of Ottawa’s best and brightest theatre companies, Orpheus Musical Theatre, recently offered a sneak peek of its 2022–23 season in the streets of Wellington West—and get ready Ottawa, some big hits are coming our way!
First up in November 2022 is Newsies. Based on the 1992 film inspired by the real-life newsboys’ strike of 1899, it follows the story of a group of young newspaper sellers as Jack Kelly leads the group into a strike after the newspapers raised the cost of papers at the seller’s expense. Jack rallies the troops to stand up for better working conditions and be treated with equity. Filled with high-energy dancing and big theatre numbers, we don’t doubt you’ll be tapping your toes from beginning to end. Want to get prepped ahead of time? You can catch the 1992 film and a recording of the Broadway production streaming on Disney+.
Next up in March 2023, get ready for some soul as the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis hits the stage. Set in the 1950s, it tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ who wants to bring soul music to southern white audiences. As the music explodes through mainstream America, Huey meets up-and-coming black singer Felicia Farrell. Their love is put to the test as the world throws challenges their way at every turn.
Last but not least, in June 2023, Orpheus brings an imagined Shakespearian setting to its stages in Something Rotten! With the original cast including big Broadway names like Christian Borle (for which he won a Tony Award) and Bryan D’Arcy James, this show also has an original story, music, and lyrics. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but can’t seem to get out of the shadow of the rockstar of the Renaissance known as “The Bard”. When it’s predicted that the future of theatre will involve singing and dancing, the brothers set out to write the very first musical.
We are so excited for what this new season has in store. After a long intermission, we know the Orpheus team will knock it out of the park, as they always do, and that these productions will have been more than worth the wait!
Want a bit more of a taste of the upcoming season? Check out our playlist of some of our favourite songs from next season’s shows.
Season subscriptions are available now. Subscriptions start at $72 for students and anyone under 30 years old, $96 for balcony seats, and $120 for orchestra seats. Follow Orpheus Musical Theatre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or their website/newsletter for a heads-up when individual tickets for each show go on sale.