REMEMBERING LEONARD COHEN
Created by Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart
REMEMBERING LEONARD COHEN
Created by Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart
Hallelujah is an exhilarating musical journey covering the enigmatic and inspiring career of poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Recounting the intense and varied experiences and aspects of his life, music and writings, Hallelujah is staged with a fluidity that crosses time and space. Backed by a six-piece band of multi-instrumentalists and two female backup singers, led by Musical Director Colin Stewart, stories and songs are shared with the audience by a pair of passionate raconteurs, Aaron Solomon and Chris McHarge.
Solomon and McHarge, representing both a younger and older Cohen, take the audience on a moving musical odyssey, revealing the man behind the works that have inspired countless artists and moved so many people the world over.
A staggering song list includes, among many others: Suzanne; Bird on a Wire; Famous Blue Raincoat; I’m Your Man; First We Take Manhattan; Ain’t No Cure for Love; Democracy; The Future; Tower of Song; and, of course, Hallelujah!
Cast Members and Musicians
Chris has been directing for nearly 30 years and has served as Artistic Director at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, Artistic and Executive Director of Theatre on the Grand in Fergus, as well as former Artistic Associate at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. Working with partner Colin Stewart and their production company C2 Entertainment, Chris has created numerous theatrical tribute shows. In addition to Memories of Rock & Roll, Chris has also created Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny & June, Vegas Knights, Sweet Soul Music, Cowboys & Outlaws, Heaven’s Little Honky Tonk, Summer of Love, Memories of the Summer of Love, Memories of the Rat Pack, DooWop to Motown, and Memories of Hank Williams & Patsy Cline. Chris maintains an active schedule as a freelance director and producer, and has worked throughout Canada, in Europe and in the United States. In his career he has directed over 100 productions including 31 world premieres, and has been nominated for a number of awards including the Eleanor and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre (2001 & 2004), the Township of Centre Wellington Artist of the Year Award, the Canada Council John Hirsch Award and the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing. Chris is most proud of his role as dad to twenty-three-year-old Caitlyn, eighteen-year-old Erin, and fifteen-year old Quinn.
(Actor, Singer, Musician)
Solomon has performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic (Poland), Ed Sullivan Theatre (New York) Glen Gould Studios (Toronto), Opryland Studios (Nashville) and the National Congress Centre (Ottawa). As a singer, actor and multi-instrumentalist, he has worked on over 500 recording sessions and performed with numerous artists including “FM,” Shania Twain, Jeff Healey, Big Sugar, Mac Wiseman, Jason McCoy, John Allan Cameron, and George Hamilton IV. He has also acted in plays, television shows and films. He released a celtic CD from his band Coole Park entitled, “Water Journeys,” which is for sale in the lobby.
British Invasion, California Dreaming, Rocky Horror, Footloose, Anne of Green Gables and Smokey Joe’s Cafe are some of Michelle’s previous theatre credits. The past 10 years have been full time touring the stages of the US and Canada as lead singer of Always Abba, the #1 Abba tribute show in North America and the highly successful Monster Rock Orchestra. Michelle can be heard singing harmony and backup vocals on recent albums with such bands as Skid Row, Alert The Medic, and Broken Sons. Her voice is also featured on jingles currently playing on E! Network and MTV. www.popcrushentertainment.com
Kate has spent the last 25 years as a singer, actor and teacher. She was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, but now makes her home in North Middlesex. Originally classically trained with a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University, Kate has spent her career singing everything from Bach to Broadway and beyond. Much of Kate’s time over the last few years has been spent in the director’s chair, educating high school students in the fine arts of Music and Drama. Kate’s previous theatre credits include, Camelot, Once Upon A Mattress, Jesus Christ Superstar, The World Goes Round, The Gospel According to Jazz and Tapestry: The Music of Carole King. Her direction and music direction credits include Memories of the Summer of Love, Little Shop of Horrors, A Broadway Cabaret, and Romeo and Juliet. Upcoming projects include playing Mrs. Lynde in a production of Anne of Green Gables.
Colin has worked as a professional musician for nearly 30 years, and has worked in professional theatre as a Musical Director, Band Leader and Musician for nearly 20 years. Having performed in clubs and theatres throughout Canada, and on Carnival Cruise Lines around the world, Colin has worked with such blues artists as John Ellison, The McAuley Boys, Dutch Mason, Chicago Pete, Ellen McIlwaine and Phil Guy. Colin’s musical theatre credits include West Side Story, Annie, The Pajama Game, Oliver, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Anne of Green Gables, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. As Musical Director, Colin’s credits include Fire, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, 18 Wheels, Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and the world premieres of Lovin’, Lyin’ and Leavin’ and Canadian Café. Colin has been touring extensively with his live musical tribute shows, Memories of the Rat Pack, DooWop to Motown, Memories of Hank Williams & Patsy Cline, and Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny & June, and Vegas Knights, which he co-created with Chris McHarge, and which have played to capacity crowds throughout Canada and in Europe.
Andrew is a Dora nominated musical director and a musician who has spent most of his professional career in South Western Ontario at The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario. While recently he has been teaching music and drama at John Paul II Secondary School in London, he is looking forward to getting back into doing only professional theatre again Selected directing crediets include The Addams Family and Hairspray (John Paul II), Anne of Green Gables, Les Misérables, Spitfire Grill, and Beauty and The Beast (Grand Theatre), Alberta Fusion (Charlottetown Festival), and Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang (LKTYP/YTP). Upcoming projects include Evita for the Grand Theatre, and Next To Normal for Calithumpian Theatre Company, also in London, Ontario.
Michael Ray has been playing music for over 50 years. At the age of 6, Michael performed on the Tommy Hunter Show, and recorded his third album bythe age of 11. He has opened for headliners such as Johnny Cash, John Cougar, and more recently, The Roadhammers. MIchael has been doing musical theatre for over 10 years. When he is not doing theatre work, Michael performs in a variety of different musical acts and teaches a wide range of musical instruments and vocals at his home studio.