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The Bricklin Backstage Part 6: Playing the Premier

by on July 27, 2011

The Bricklin Backstage

Today we  sat down with Shawn Wright, a New Brunswick native who is playing the part of Premier Richard Hatfield in this year’s run of  The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy which opened last Friday and continues until Sunday August 7.  The podcast is part of The Bricklin Backstage – a series of podcasts produced by Jeremy VanSlyke that will bring audiences deeper into the Bricklin story. VanSlyke will talk to those who were part of the Bricklin saga in the 1970s, as well as those who are involved in the musical today.

In this week’s podcast, Mr. Wright shares his experience growing up in New Brunswick during the Hatfield years… seeing him at theatre openings at the Playhouse and on television.  He also tells us what it’s like to be playing the Premier in a funk-musical some thirty-five years later.  Mr. Wright was careful to research Hatfield’s demeanour and emotions and acknowledges he has developed a great deal of empathy for Mr. Hatfield who he describes as “an artist” and a “complex character.”  As one of Canada’s top names in musical theatre, Shawn Wright’s performances have delighted Playhouse audiences including our next podcast guest who was in attendance for opening night, Malcolm Bricklin.

Now you can subscribe to the entire “Bricklin Backstage” podcast series, including future episodes, at no charge on the iTunes Music Store.  Gotta have that funk?  You can also find the original cast recording featuring a full soundtrack of the musical on sale for just $9.99 and get into the tunes before the show!

Next week, we’ll hear from Mr. Malcolm Bricklin himself with his take on the musical in “The Bricklin Backstage Part 7: Malcolm Bricklin.”

 The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy runs until Sunday, August 7. Show times will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are now on sale through the Fredericton Playhouse box office and the official Bricklin website www.bricklinmusical.ca.
Take a look at our Bricklin TV spot on the official Fredericton Playhouse YouTube channel and get your tickets before they’re gone!
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