I HEAR MUSIC: LORRAINE FOREMAN & FRIENDS

One of Canada’s legendary performers returns to the Toronto stage to sing the songs and tell the stories about her long and distinguished career. Vancouver-born Lorraine Foreman was one of the major stars of CBC-Television in the halcyon days of the 1950s, who then went on to perform in such musical theatre masterworks as Oklahoma!, Show Boat and Kiss of the Spider Woman in Toronto, New York and London’s West End.

I Hear Music celebrates Lorraine’s early experiences as a footloose young club singer in the capitals of Europe and the Middle East, where she met up with the likes of Princess Margaret, Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda and King Farouk. Then on to her huge successes on both Canadian and American television, including several years on Country Hoedown with Gordie Tapp and Tommy Hunter. Finally, we get a taste of her theatrical endeavours.

The songs that are interspersed among Lorraine’s stories include some of the great songs from the American Songbook as well as selections from musical theatre and cabaret.

In I Hear Music, Lorraine is ably abetted by two of her closest friends, Debora Joy and Robert Missen, both of whom have had long careers in Canadian music and theatre. Among their many credits Debora was a longtime member of the Stratford Festival Company and Robert has sung with the Elmer Iseler Singers and Canadian Opera Company. They were both members of Tapestry Singers, now Tapestry Opera, for many years. So this show marks a reunion for them as well.

The Music Director for I Hear Music is the redoubtable David Warrack. David is well-known as one of Canada’s finest composers/conductors/arrangers/pianists and has some 500 musicals to his credit.