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Original cast recording of Maria Severa now available


CD’s release coincides with the annual Canada-Portugal day celebrations on June 10

Media Release #18

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 9, 2011 . . .The original cast recording of the new musical Maria Severa is now available at Bernard’s, the Shaw Festival’s gift shop, and online at www.shawfest.com. Maria Severa will have its world premiere on August 5 at the Shaw Festival.

The original cast recording of Maria Severa – A Musical features Julie Martell as Maria Severa and Mark Uhre as Armando, with Neil Barclay, Saccha Dennis, Sharry Flett, Jonathan Gould, Jeff Irving, Jacqueline Thair, Jenny L. Wright, Paul Sportelli (keyboards), Andy Beston (drums, percussion), Larry Lewis (guitar) and Louis Simao (Portuguese guitar).

Infused with passionate and sensual melodies, the Maria Severa score brings to life the working-class streets of Lisbon’s Mouraria district and its smoky taverns and brothels. It tells the tempestuous story of Maria Severa, known as the Mother of fado, and of a new musical style that caused a sensation with its soulful expression of love and longing — a music and a singer the people of Portugal took to their hearts immediately. The CD’s release coincides with the annual Canada-Portugal day celebrations on June 10, which recognizes not only the friendship between Portugal and Canada, but the history of the Luso-Canadian community and its contribution to Canadian society.

Produced by Freddy Gabrsek, Maria Severa – A Musical was recorded live off the floor in October 2010 with actors and musicians in the same room recreating the immediacy of live theatre. The 18-track album retails for $22.54 (tax included) and contains a twelve page booklet of lyrics. The CD can also be purchased by phone 1-800-657-1106, extension 2276.

Written by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli, Maria Severa is part of the Shaw Festival’s 50th season playbill and is directed by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, with set design by Judith Bowden, costume design by Sue LePage, lighting design by Kevin Lamotte and choreography by Eda Holmes.   

Maria Severa begins previews July 19; opens August 5 and runs until September 23 at the Court House Theatre. For tickets and information, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

Maria Severa – A Musical: Original Cast Recording

TRACK LISTING                     

Act I

1. Opening: There is a Song
2. Bread and Butter 
3. Between a Man and a Woman
4. Never Had None
5. Not a Care in the World Have I
6. The Bullfighting Song
7. I Can’t Touch You with Words
8. A Prayer is a Boat
9. But I Do
10. Finale Act 1

Act II
11. Wandering Moon/Starlight
12. It’s in the Blood
13. The Fountain in the Square/Someday
14. Better Than This
15. The Money Tree
16. Between a Man and a Woman (reprise)
17. Carlos’ Confession
18. Who Am I?

The Shaw Festival’s milestone season began April 7, 2011, runs until October 30, 2011 and also includes productions of My Fair Lady, Candida, The Admirable Crichton, Drama at Inish – A Comedy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, On the Rocks, Heartbreak House,The President, Topdog/Underdog, When the Rain Stops Falling on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. A special 50th season two-day event, The Speed of Ideas: A Theatrical Forum, featuring award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington is scheduled for July 23 and 24. For more information on our 50th season celebrations, please visit www.shawfest.com/Home/Our-50th-Season.

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In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222                   
odette@shawfest.com                                                      

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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