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Sold-out Bricklin ends on high note

by on August 18, 2010

The world premiere production of The Bricklin ended a sold-out run in Fredericton on Sunday to rave reviews. Audiences clamored to snap up the highly sought-after tickets, and the run was extended twice to keep up with the overwhelming demand.

The “sleek” show was lauded as “beautifully performed and produced” by the Telegraph Journal, and has been featured in regional and national media. Telling the story of Malcolm Bricklin’s dreams to build a sexy sports car and the ambition of a Premier to take New Brunswick onto the world stage, this new Canadian musical has generated a lot of buzz.

Audiences laughed and grooved along to this light-hearted look at the failed automotive venture. “I knew this would be something special,” says Fredericton Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa, “but people’s response to the show has been beyond our wildest expectations. They love it, and we’re proud to have such a huge hit on our hands.”

The project was commissioned by the Fredericton Playhouse and co-produced with Theatre New Brunswick. Yerxa secured noted playwrights Allen Cole and Paul Ledoux to write the script and compose the score, and brought in leading Canadian director and Fredericton native, Alisa Palmer.

“This was a dream team to work with, and the cast was amazing,” says Caleb Marshall, Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick. “This was absolutely one of the best teams working in theatre in Canada this summer. People who’ve seen The Bricklin have been so impressed with every aspect of the show.”

As Malcolm Bricklin himself recently told the Globe and Mail “That car was a fabulous car that got a lot of great attention.” The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy may just give its namesake some stiff competition for that attention, as audiences rave about the 70’s infused musical.

 

The stellar cast included the incomparable George Masswohl whose astonishing portrayal of  Premier Richard Hatfield left audiences wanting more; and Shaw Festival veteran Jason Chesworth who won over the crowd with his heartfelt performance as the slick, passionate entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin. They shared the stage with musical theatre veterans Cameron MacDuffee and Troy Adams. MacDuffee gave an outstanding performance as Gerrard, a love-addled Bricklin mechanic. Adams was dazzling in multiple roles, with a compelling stage presence and perfect comedic timing. Local performer Tania Breen wowed audiences with her vocals, and received rave reviews from the Telegraph Journal, who wrote, “Smoky-voiced and smokin’ hot Tania Breen is simply stellar.”

The resounding success of the show has led to speculation that a remount may be in the works for next summer. Co-producers Yerxa and Marshall say this is definitely a possibility, and will be considering their options in the coming weeks.

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