It’s been nearly a year since we lost the great Leonard Cohen. Fans around the world remember where they were when they heard the news. For members of local theatre company Bear & Co., they were in the middle of their 2016 production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living in Paris.
The company had already started thinking about what to produce in 2017. After a rousing curtain-call rendition of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” they decided on producing a tribute to him. That tribute opens at The Gladstone Theatre on October 25th in the form of No Way to Say Goodbye: Songs of Leonard Cohen.
In this week’s podcast, host Josh Lemoine is joined by NWSG cast members Rachel Eugster, Robin Guy and Scott Richardson as they discuss what it’s been like working on the show, their appreciation of Cohen’s work, and what it is about his music that resonates so deeply with fans in Canada and around the world.
“His father was a tailor,” says Rachel. “Dressing beautifully was important to him from when he was a tiny child. That was his chosen way to present himself to the world: beautifully tailored. Which sort of fits with the way he presented his language, his works, as well.”
Performed by Rachel, Robin and Scott:
- Leonard Cohen – “Gypsy Wife”
- Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne”
No Way to Say Goodbye: Songs of Leonard Cohen runs at The Gladstone (910 Gladstone Ave) from October 25 to November 4. Tickets are available online and at the box office.