June is not only the month that officially declares it is summer, but it is also the start of non-stop amazing shows all around Montreal. Never spend a night wondering what there is to do because we have something for everybody!
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical
A musical inspired by Mordecai Richler’s 1959 novel and 1974 film version by the same name, an all-Canadian musical cast brings to the Segal Center the story, which takes place in our very own city, of an ambitious Duddy Kravitz (played by Ken James Stewart). Widely considered an autobiographical memoire of Mordecai Richler’s teenage years in Montreal’s old Jewish neighborhood, the story is a coming of age tale of the young Duddy Kravitz who wishes to climb the social ladder. He is determined to make a name for himself based on his grandfather’s (played by Howard Jerome) saying “A man without land is nobody.” The brand new musical Duddy Kravitz comes together with director Austin Pendleton, an original musical score by Alan Menken (composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin), and script and lyrics by acclaimed lyricist-librettist David Spencer.
Sugar Sammy: You’re Gonna Rire!
Sugar Sammy is known for his hilarious stand up comedy. This June, he brings back to Montreal his You’re Gonna Rire: Le Show Franglais, which was launched in 2011. Expect to laugh your pants off and relate to his jokes. You’re Gonna Rire is a bilingual show where Sugar Sammy jumps from one language to the next. This comedy routine captures the true essence of what it is like being a Montrealer, and it is also his only show that is being played in one city!
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Lo Esencial
Flamenco Vivo, a dance company led by Luis de la Carrasca, comes to Montreal’s very own Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to launch its new creation: Lo Esencial. A musical dance show, Lo Esencial is pure authentic flamenco, representing this dance form as an experience in genuine spiritual and emotional therapy. The performance is filled with top dancers of flamenco (Luis de la Carrasca, Ana Pérez, Kuky Santiago) and other artists from Andalusia and the south of France: There is also a live band with José Luis Dominguez on guitar and Kadú Gomez on cajón and percussion. Be prepared to have a heated night of dance!
St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
Almost a whole month with all day activities for everyone! Whether you like comedy, dance, theatre, or music, the Montreal Fringe Festival has it all. Fringe is a festival that celebrates independent theater, dance, music, and comedy. With over 100 companies that get together, and over 700 performances, there’s plenty for you to choose from. The festival has both paid and free events and mainly takes place outdoors at various locations in Montreal.