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Cabaret, history, storytelling and timeless music come together in The Judgment of Paris

by on October 30, 2015

6. Judgment of Paris

Coming to the Fredericton Playhouse on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., Tom Allen’s The Judgment of Paris is a chamber musical about two great composers engaged in an epic battle.

Set during the rise of the First World War, audiences are invited to follow along as musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling Paris.

Written by radio host, symphony orchestra consultant, author and musician Tom Allen, this show combines cabaret, history and storytelling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. The Judgment of Paris is new and old, heroic and tragic, historical and fictional.

In addition to Tom Allen as the narrator, the cast features a number of performers familiar to Fredericton audiences, including Kevin Fox (voice, cello, guitar); Lori Gemmell (harp, trumpet, piano voice); Bryce Kulak (piano, voice, accordion); and Patricia O’Callaghan (voice, piano, percussion).

The Playhouse is pleased to present an Experience More! event in addition to this performance. On Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a free, non-ticketed lecture in room MMH 101 in McCain Hall, St. Thomas University, titled Debussy vs. Ravel with Dr. Willis Noble. During this passionate discussion of two of the most important French composers of the early 20th century, Dr. Noble will delve into their distinct compositional differences, while also exploring similarities in their background, style and influences.

Tickets for Tom Allen’s The Judgment of Paris are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

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