It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s… clc 13: Charles Strouse!

chorus|line|cabaret 13: Charles Strouse
Monday, March 2 @ The Belfry Theatre, 8pm/$20

Gotta Getta Gimmick is back at the beautiful Belfry Theatre for the thirteenth installment in our chorus|line|cabaret series. We’re exploring the musicals of Charles Strouse – one of musical theaters’ busiest and perhaps unluckiest composers. Strouse wrote the music for Broadway classics Bye, Bye Birdie and Annie along with other big hits of the day including Applause, It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman, All American and Golden Boy. But with an astonishing twenty musicals in a fifty-five year career, Strouse has been involved in some of Broadway’s most legendary flops including two sequels: Annie 2, Miss Hannigan’s Revenge (which was later rewritten to become Annie Warbucks) and Bring Back Birdie (which closed after 4 performances.)

Join our amazing cast of Victoria favorites for a journey through some of Broadway’s biggest hits and flops, together with music director Brad L’Écuyer and clc 13’s amazing coach, Shane Snow. Shane is a founding member of GGG and directed many of our first productions. A multi-talented theatre maker, Shane directed and choreographed Chemainus Theatre Festival’s mega hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as GGG’s M Award winning Songs for a New World, Ski Bum for Iron Mountain Theatre, And The World Goes Round (for which he won a Jessie Award) and choreographed Schwarz’s for Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. Shane spent most of 2014 performing in Mary Poppins at Theatre Calgary, Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre and the Arts Club in Vancouver.

Please join us for the best Monday night in town!

TICKETS are available through the Belfry Theatre Box Office:
In person, by phone at 250-385-6815 or online:

Click here to buy tickets now


Act One features 19 of Victoria’s best singer/actors bringing some of these legendary musicals to life. These performers come together to continue honing their craft and to work with our industry-leading coaches. We’ve got amazing performers who’ve worked with the Shaw Festival, Belfry Theatre, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria and VOS.


And that’s right – there’s an Annie 2. Two versions of the sequel to be exact: Annie 2, Miss Hannigan’s Revenge would eventually become Annie Warbucks. Strouse was also part of It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman. Bet you didn’t know that there was a Superman musical, did ya? Or a sequel to mega-hit Bye, Bye Birdie. You never know what you might learn about these legendary shows and more at GGG’s clc 13: Charles Strouse.


GGG’s legendary Act Two features the best musical theatre party east of NYC. Many have even referred to the event as “church for musical theatre lovers”! The Belfry’s Bar is open with wine, beer, coffee, tea and snacks. The incredible Jim Hill is at the piano.There are sing-alongs, prizes, Diva Tag, a 50/50 draw and our new favorite: musical madlibs. You can even bring along your sheet music and get up and share your party piece. Just remember, there’s only one rule: All musical theatre, only musical theatre.

chorus|line|cabaret 13: Singer/Actors: Sign Up Now!

chorus|line|cabaret 13:
Charles Strouse

Singer/Actors: Sign Up Now!

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We are so excited to be gearing up for another chorus|line|cabaret and to be exploring the musicals of the very talented composer Charles Strouse. GGG’s chorus|line|cabaret 13 will explore some of the composer’s big hits including Bye, Bye Birdie, Applause and Annie along with some of his unlucky flops like Rags, All American and of course Annie 2. That’s right. There’s an Annie 2. Two different ones, actually…

Gotta Getta Gimmick is currently seeking music theatre artists (recreational to professional) interested in being part of a longer four week intensive workshop where you will have the opportunity to work in a fast paced, challenging learning environment coached by top theatre professionals. GGG’s clc 13: Charles Strouse will be lead by Artistic Director Brad L’Écuyer with coaching by Shane Snow (GGG’s very first director and an award-winning actor and director who has worked across the country for companies including the Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Chemainus Theatre Festival Theatre Calgary and Montreal’s Centaur Theatre.)

Please note: Rehearsals will be Sunday and Monday nights over a new FOUR WEEK process.  We are currently choosing material and casting – so you should reply to this email or fill out the form at the link below this by Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Please let us know if you are interested or not – we don’t want to miss or harass you!!!


clc 13: Schedule:

Auditions: TBA

Sunday evening, February 8
Monday evening, February 9
Sunday evening, February 15
Monday evening, February 16
Sunday evening, Februrary 22
Monday evening, February 23
Sunday evening, March 1
Cabaret: Monday evening, March 2

Bye, Bye Birdie | All American | Annie | Rags | Applause
| It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman | And More…

GGG celebrates lucky cabaret #13 with the amazing career of legendary composer Charles Strouse.

GGG’s clc13 will study material from some of the twenty musicals for which Strouse composed music for in a fifty-five year career that still continues today. But this cabaret will also be a special look backstage and into the world of Broadway in its heyday. Strouse was involved in some of Broadway’s most legendary flops including two sequels: Annie 2, Miss Hannigan’s Revenge (which was later rewritten to become Annie Warbucks) and Bring Back Birdie (which closed after 4 performances.) And disasters like that come with all sorts of great stories!

Apply now by email or the link below. Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 1.
If you know a singer/actor that might be interested – please forward them this email or get them to sign up at the link above!

clc 12: Flaherty & Ahrens December 1, 2014

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chorus|line|cabaret 12: Flaherty & Ahrens
Monday December 1, 2014
Belfry Studio – 1291 Gladstone Ave at Fernwood
Doors at 7:00pm, Singing starts at 8pm.
Tickets: $20 at 250-385-6815 or


Long-time songwriting teams seem to have become a rarity in today’s musical theatre, but since bursting onto the New York musical theatre scene in 1988 with Lucky Stiff, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens have become a go to creative team for new musicals – all of them incredibly exuberant and remarkably diverse.

GGG’s chorus|line|cabaret 12 features songs and scenes from some of our favorite modern musicals including the breath-taking Ragtime – for which Flaherty and Ahrens won the Tony Award for Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical and Best Score. The musicals of Flaherty and Ahren take us from the behind the scenes television world of the 1950’s King Comedy Cavalcade to Dr. Seuss’ jungle of Nool – from turn-of-the-century New York City to 1960’s Dublin.  After their first collaboration (Lucky Stiff) at the BMI Workshop, the team then reached Broadway with the long-running hit Once On This Island.  They have turned several films into Broadway musicals including My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance, and Rocky; musicalized the world of Dr. Seuss in Seussical (now one of America’s most produced musicals) and, of course, the epic Ragtime based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel.  GGG’s chorus|line|cabaret 12 will feature highlights from Ragtime, showstopping numbers from Lucky Stiff, Once On This Island, My Favorite Year, Seussical and Rocky, as well as a special look at their beautiful musical, written with Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally, A Man of No Importance.
Act 2 of the cabaret kicks the party into high gear! Beginning with a rousing Sing-a-Long, the evening becomes a casual New York style Cabaret – bring your favorite party pieces, scores and sheet music, or find a duet partner and jump up, play musical theatre games including the infamous “Diva Tag”, or just tap your toes and sing along. Compete for prizes, relax and listen to the music, have a drink and meet new people. You’ll leave the Cabaret humming a show tune – a little more musical theatre savvy – hitch-kicking all the way home!

Featuring Kevin Barreca, Avery Brennan, Tara Britt, Sarah Carlé, Doug Crockett, Sadie Evans, Maxine Fisher, Susan Johnston, Ashley King, Kurt Krebs, Brad L’Écuyer, Griffin Lea, John Manson, Sarah Murphy, Sasha Moriarty-Schieven, Carol Pudwell, Edna Ramos, Darren Rathgaber, Mark Riishede, Steph Sartore and more! Maybe you!

Produced by Gotta Getta Gimmick and curated by Brad L’Ecuyer

Generously supported by The Belfry Theatre and the Province of British Columbia

Photos by Peter Pokorny for GGG

All musical theatre. Only musical theatre.