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Damn right, he’s got the blues.
Music purists are rightfully skeptical of actors who take to bandstands. For every Jared Leto or Juliette Lewis there are plenty of acts such as 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (Russell Crowe), the Bacon Brothers (Kevin Bacon) or Kevin Costner & the Modern West.
Toronto’s Raoul Bhaneja is an actor, writer and director but he’s also a legitimate blues harpist and bandleader who’s won a Maple Blues award and recorded five albums with Raoul and the Big Time.
His current project, Life, Death and the Blues is a self-penned touring theatrical/ music hybrid which examines the importance of blues music in Bhaneja’s life and in popular culture. It stars Bhaneja, members of Big Time and singer Divine Brown and it opens Jan. 22 at Prairie Theatre Exchange, where it will run for 19 shows through Feb. 8.
An added bonus for local theatregoers and music fans is that different local guest artists will be invited onstage as part of each show’s finale, including the likes of Big Dave McLean, Scott Nolan and Jay Nowicki.
For showtimes and ticket information, see www.pte.mb.ca or call 204-942-5483.
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English actor, composer, singer, director, novelist and playwright Noël Coward is renowned as one of the greatest comic wits of the 20th century.
Many of his theatrical works, especially Private Lives and Blithe Spirit, are in production to this day, so it’s rather fitting that Coward is the subject of this season’s 15th annual Master Playwright Festival, sponsored by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
CowardFest 2015 will run between Jan. 28 and Feb. 15, and Coward’s works will be performed, screened or read at some 19 different shows presented by a broad cross-section of Winnipeg’s theatrical community, from the RMTC to the students of Westwood Collegiate.
A lack of space means we can’t list all the productions here but full details can be found online at mtc.mb.ca/Festivals-Events/Master-Playwright-Festival.aspx
Performance tickets start at $10 and are available by contacting the box office of each producing company. Cowardpasses, which offer access to all shows, are available for just $85 at the RMTC box office or by calling 204-942-6537.
John Kendle is managing editor of Canstar Community News. Email him at email@example.com
Managing editor, Canstar Community News
John Kendle is managing editor of Canstar Community News.
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