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January 23, 2014

Shaw's 'The Mountaintop' likely a hot ticket

Night & Day — NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — A highly anticipated play about Martin Luther King and the musical “Cabaret,” are expected to be the hottest tickets among the 2014 season at the Shaw Festival.

Ticket sales are already brisk for the upcoming season, said Odette Yazbeck, a spokesperson for the festival.       

“I think what’s most encouraging is that audiences at all levels are responding beautifully to our 2014 lineup,” she said. “They seem most excited our musical this year, ‘Cabaret.’ The response has been incredible.”

Another play already creating a buzz is “The Mountaintop,” a fictional drama about the night before Martin Luther King’s assassination.

“It’s striking, absolutely striking,” Yazbeck said about the drama. “It’s an extraordinary look at an ‘ordinary ‘ man,’” she added, referencing King’s insistance that he was just “an ordinary  man.” 

 She noted that both plays are likely to sell out this season, similar to last year’s “Arcadia,” a Tom Stoppard play about history, math, gardening and love. “The Shaw festival clientele have a real love affair for smart, political drama,” she said. 

The upcoming lineup includes:  “Cabaret,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “The Philanderer,” “The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists,” “The Sea,” “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur,” “Arms and The Man,” “When We Are Married,”  “Juno and the Paycock,” and “The Mountaintop.”Those who wish to engage with The Shaw through ancillary events, can consider Beyond the Stage programming. This year’s Speakers Series will hold a special weekend event entitled “Commemorating the Outbreak of World War I.”

“This apocalyptic war and its aftermath sits right at the center of our original mandate and affects and connects much of the work that appears on our stages,” said Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell. “I am thrilled to welcome writer, actor and director Paul Gross and acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan to share their provocative and thoughtful points of view about this world changing event.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.shawfest.com, by fax or by mail. Orders before January 31 will receive a price discount as prices will increase Feb. 1. The Shaw also offers special pricing for students, seniors and those under 30.  The Shaw Festival box office can be contacted at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or locally at 905-468-2172. Tickets can also be purchased in person at 10 Queen’s Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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