DIANA IN RUNYONLAND
This show is very much a book musical
“I’ve appeared in The Fantastiks and a few other minor shows,” she tells me while on break from rehearsals. “I’ve directed some operas and have had some dance training. But otherwise I have no musical experience.” Nonetheless, she’s undaunted by the challenge of taking on a musical renowned for its many songs and dances. “This show is very much a book musical,” she says. “There’s a real play there. The first day of rehearsals we read the lyrics as if they were dialogue and it was all quite seamless.”
A unique aspect of this particular production is the mixed bag of theatrical nuts rounding out the cast. While the four leads - Scott Wentworth, Tracy Michailidis, Frank Moore and Susan Henley – all drip with experience, the supporting roles are being filled by some of Montreal’s finest character actors including Glen Bowser and Jane Gilchrist. Then there’s the ensemble, which features a crack team of Montreal’s rising talent. And in a gutsy move, two stand up comics, Mike Paterson and Massimo, were hired to don the fedoras and pinstripes as gamblers and gangsters.