Robert Service was a famous Canadian poet (not great, but famous) whose two most famous poems – The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Creation of Sam McGee – are well known to the nation. A musical about the life of Service using his poems seemed like a natural with Morris Panych, Marek Norman and Ken Macdonald handling the creative and you should have a recipe for a blockbuster. Add Tom Rooney in the lead role, with Dan Chameroy and Randy Hughson supporting and the mix is promising indeed. Robin Hutton was charming as Louise (aka the lady known as Lou.)Lucy Peacock was an over the top drunken landlady. But the big surprise was Rooneynas a singer. Is there anything he can’t do? The result was a fun evening of theatre, but unfortunately not a smash hit. There were a couple of excellent dance numbers, but the score was unmemorable, even for the well known numbers based on the famous poems. It is worth seeing, but won’t be remembered. It seems that writing a hit musical is not easy.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Wanderlust

  1. Keith says:

    I enjoyed the show, the staging was imaginative and the cast great.Structurally, I thought it was a problem that the Shooting and Cremation numbers bookended the intermission. The Shooting provided a strong end to the first act, but the second act was rather anticlimactic after the Cremation number.I am not a musical fan generally but my impression was the music was unmemorable – I won't be looking for the CD.

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