Making its world premiere in 2021 is an inspiring new production celebrating the life and songs of the Maritimes’ most beloved singer-songwriter: Rita MacNeil.
Developed closely with the family of the late singer herself, Dear Rita is a musical love letter to a true fixture of Canadian culture, a fierce and passionate performer whose songs were international hits, reaching people around the world. Woven around a script from the Island’s own Mike Ross and Lindsay Kyte, this cabaret musical features a powerful ensemble of actors accompanied by a sizzling hot band.
Dear Rita is a musical toast celebrating the life, tenacity, and musical legacy of the late singer. The cast includes actor-musicians who both sing and play instruments, channeling MacNeil’s stories and spirit through their own identities as opposed to a literal depiction of the Canadian icon herself.
Developed closely with Rita’s son Wade Langham, Dear Rita features traditional and new, re-imagined arrangements of Rita’s songs. Director Mary Francis Moore, Kyte, and Ross will weave Rita’s lyrics and music into new perspectives, inviting her spirit into the room and letting her songs live on through the audience’s own experiences.
“Rita MacNeil’s contribution to Atlantic Canada is immeasurable. Her songs have inspired generations of Canadians and we are excited to share stories of her life and the iconic music she created,” says Adam Brazier.