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Celebrated composer & lyricist Adam Guettel makes rare appearance at The Shaw

—    Guettel speaks candidly with Shaw Festival Music Director August 9  —

Media Release #26

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 31, 2013) – The Shaw Festival hosts Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel in conversation with Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli on Friday, August 9 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Court House Theatre. This up-close and personal event is open to the public with tickets selling for $20.00. The event will include a Q&A with Mr. Guettel. To purchase tickets visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

“We are honoured to have Mr. Guettel here at The Shaw, as his work has made an extraordinary impact on the theatre community internationally, and certainly with our Festival,” says Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director, Shaw Festival. “With his first musical, Floyd Collins, produced at The Shaw nearly a decade ago, and now his award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza in this season’s line-up, we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with one of musical theatre’s most innovative artists.”

Mr. Guettel’s rare conversation will include current projects he’s developing with collaborators such as Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, playwright John Logan and his Piazza co-author Craig Lucas, as well as his past work.

Mr. Guettel is the recipient of numerous awards including a Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005) and six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards for The Light in the Piazza.

The Shaw Festival’s production of Mr. Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza is currently playing at the Court House Theatre until October 13. Directed by Jay Turvey, the musical features Patty Jamieson, Jacqueline Thair and Jeff Irving, with Juan Chioran, Kaylee Harwood, Julain Molnar and Kelly Wong.

The Shaw Festival’s 2013 season began April 3, runs until November 3 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on the 2013 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

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