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Saskatoon-born, Winnipeg-based Tony Hughes shares his profoundly ordinary romantic misadventures as well as his love of crooner Harry Connick Jr. in this uneasy marriage of singing, storytelling and standup comedy.

Since his youth, Hughes’ romantic touchstones have been Hollywood rom-coms and Connick Jr.’s album, We Are In Love (which Hughes calls “a Swiss Army knife of romance.”) Hughes’ blandly competent singing is the highlight of the show (not surprising, given his past history in a cappella group Streetnix) and indeed, his relationship with Connick, his mentor in all things amorous, is the most interesting relationship he recounts.

Unfortunately, his underwritten and under-rehearsed stories of wooing the ladies are awkwardly told and without the requisite comic timing or flair to help them land with the audience. All we are left with are trite observations (“Russians know how to drink!”) and romantic clichés (“Our eyes met and BAM.”)

— Ben Wiebe

From the Fringe program:

Director: Tony Hughes

Cast: Tony Hughes

Featuring the music of Harry Connick Jr., award-winning vocalist Tony Hughes (Streetnix, Hoja) returns to the Winnipeg Fringe with a romantic musical comedy that follows one man's misadventures in finding love.

Performing songs and sharing true stories of his search for "The One", Hughes proves that with 11 roses, a plunger and a Frisbee, it's possible to survive any romantic entanglement…even meeting the parents.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe Performers

Warnings: None

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