Canadian Musicals

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The Canadian Musical Theatre

Canadian Musicals
Leslie Arden Anne Of Green Gables Album Cover John Gray
My Fur Lady Jim Betts When We Were Singing
[Leslie Arden, Anne Of Green Gables, John Gray
My Fur Lady, Jim Betts, Pélagie]


The Writers

The Shows

The History
(Coming Eventually)

Upcoming Canadian Musicals


Ross Stuart's
Article on Musical Theatre in The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

The Musical Theatre Entry in The Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Canadian Musicals Page compiled by writer/composer Mel Atkey

The Association Of Canadian Librettists, Composers and Lyricists

The Charlottetown Festival Since 1965 a producer of Canadian Musicals



This page provides links to a variety of information on The Canadian Musical Theatre:
The Writers
The Shows
Upcoming Productions
The History (coming someday)

Who/What Are The Pictures At The Top Of The Page?
Leslie Arden
is the Canadian Composer/Lyricist for THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE, THE LAST RESORT, THE GREATEST GIFT, THE HAPPY PRINCE and the upcoming MOLL. 
is the most successful Canadian Musical ever written.  Written by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore, it has played around the world, and for 35 consecutive seasons at The Charlottetown Festival. 
John Gray
is the writer of some of Canada's most successful and acclaimed musicals - including BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR, ROCK AND ROLL, 18 WHEELS and DON MESSER'S JUBILEE. 
was a Canadian phenomena in 1957.  Written by a group of McGill University students (including director/choreographer Brian MacDonald and HAIR's Galt MacDermott), it toured Canada and became a national sensation. 
Jim Betts
is the writer/composer of COLOURS IN THE STORM, LITTLE WOMEN, THIN ICE and THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW.  He is also the keeper of this Web-Site. 
PELAGIE, An Acadian Odyssey
is a new Canadian musical by Vincent deTourdonnet and Allen Cole which will be playing across Canada in 2004.
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This is a page in progress dedicated to listing, and linking to, the people and shows that have played an important part in the history and development of the Musical Theatre in Canada. 
The lists and choices are being compiled by Jim Betts, a Canadian Musical Theatre writer and producer, and are based on his own personal choices, attitudes and experience.
This is not meant to be a definitive collection, but I hope the page will continue to add writers and shows as time and information permits.
I would welcome any suggestions, additions or corrections you may have.
Jim Betts
February 10, 2002
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by Canadian artist 
Tom Thomson. 

Tom Thomson (1877-1917)
Northern River, 1914-15
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