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Anne of Green Gables: The Musical

Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Adapted by: Donald Harron
Lyrics by: Donald Harron, Norman Campbell, Mavor Moore, and Elaine Campbell
Music by: Norman Campbell
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 92
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0573680027
ISBN-13: 9780573680021
Cast Size: 12 women, 17 men

About the Play:

Awarded the Guinness World Records title for Longest Running Annual Musical Theatre Production

Anne of Green Gables is a full-length musical comedy based on L.M. Montgomery's beloved Canadian novel about the orphan Anne who changes the lives of those around her. Donald Harron adapted the book for Norman Campbell's score, with lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore.

Anne of Green Gables: The Musical is the classic tale of an orphan girl, Anne Shirley who, by mistake, comes to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert on their farm on Prince Edward Island. Ageing Matthew Cuthbert suffers a heart attack during harvest, 1903, and his grim-visaged sister determines to adopt an orphanage boy to help with the farm work at Green Gables. By mistake, a girl arrives, red-haired, freckled and over-talkative. Her vivid imagination and entertaining flow of chatter endear her to Matthew, but sister Marilla is set on packing her back as soon as possible. (They Clearly Requested a Boy!) For once, Matthew wins, and this enchanting musical tells how young Anne Shirley finally overcomes the hostilities of her companions at the local school, charms the gossiping inhabitants of a close-knit Canadian community, and the way in which she eventually wins a rather reluctant Marilla over to her side, make a story which has warmed the hearts of countless people all over the world. The original Anne of Green Gables novel is the first in a prized series by writer Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical started life as a TV musical adaptation, originally broadcast on "CBC Folio" in 1956. A stage version was then written and premiered in 1965 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island as part of the inaugural Charlottetown Festival; and it has been performed to capacity audiences every year since, making it Canada's longest-running musical. The musical has also toured toured across Canada and to Tokyo, off-Broadway in New York, and London's West End, where it opened to acclaim and ran for 300 performances. This Canadian classic is ideal for school shows and community music societies.

Cast: 12 women, 17 men

What people say:

"A Piece of Canadian history that is absolutely beautiful." — Broadway World

"Anne of Green Gables is light-hearted and fiercely wholesome." — New York Times

"Harron and Campbell fashioned a show that has a heart as big as its red-pigtailed title character." — Toronto Star

"This is a show theatre lovers should not miss and one that newcomers, children and adults alike, will enjoy completely." — London Free Press

"... Anne of Green Gables ...comes laden with pig tails, a brilliant smile and astonishing leaps of imagination." — Calgary Herald

"The book Anne of Green Gables has been made into a neatly packaged family show, sentimental, tuneful and blending gentle bucolic humour with old world pathos... A pleasant atmosphere is created from the start; the songs are in neat harmony." — The Stage (London)

About the Playwright:

Donald Harron (1924-2015) was a Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author, playwright and composer. As an actor, he shared the stage with the likes of Lorne Greene, William Shatner, Maggie Smith, and Christopher Plummer. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1980 and the Order of Ontario in 2000. He was given the Gemini Award for Lifetime Achievement in Radio and Television in 2007 and inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Lucy Maud Montgomery, OBE (1874-1942), published as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. The central character, Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following.