Vancouver Fringe Preview: The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical

The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical is a bold, hilarious, and extremely relevant new musical has been in development since 2015, and this world premiere production at the Vancouver Fringe Festival comes after 6 development workshops and one staged reading/ workshop production.

Complex music with jazzy, gospel, Canadiana and country undertones complements breakneck-paced dialogue and contemporary themes, in a 90 minute structure reminiscent of the Golden Age of musical theatre.

While touring in the Cariboo region, as part of the Barkerville Historic Theatre contract, you hit patches of highway where the only station is Christian radio. Lyrics that seemed overtly sexual to those of us in the car played for an hour or two, and a question came to mind: Had any of these songs been misinterpreted?
Though that core still underlies the piece, the show has since evolved dramatically, and now asks some central questions: What makes us Canadian? In a modern society, that is trending away from organized religion, what will provide us with a moral core? How can millennials survive and behave ethically in a capitalist system that so frequently rewards the least ethical of behaviours? And of course, questions about sex, our expectations, and how it relates to our spiritual centres arise. What should you expect?

A show that is deeply funny, uniquely Canadian and incredibly poignant, The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical is lifted by fearless actors with incredible voices featuring Aerhyn Lau, Adriana Ravalli, Ella Storey, and Tim Howe, and stellar musicians headed by musical director Matt Grinkle.

Directed by Ilana Zackon, The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical will play at the Firehall Arts Centre as part of the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival September 5 – 15

Click here to view schedules and to get tickets.

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