Life of Lucille Starr at the Evergreen


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The gripping story of a local legend is about to hit the stage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Back to You: The Life and Music of Lucille Starr will be in Coquitlam from September 22nd-26th.

The_French_SongLucille Starr (born Lucille Savoie) grew up in Maillardville. With her husband/singing partner Bob Regan, they called themselves The Canadian Sweethearts and signed a record deal in 1963. In 1964, at A&M Records in Los Angeles with the legendary Herb Alpert producing, Lucille recorded “The French Song” which was released as a 45rpm single. It was an instant hit, and Lucille became the first Canadian female artist to ever have a record sell 1 million copies. During the height of Beatlemania, “The French Song” catapulted Lucille to international fame.

The story of Back to You begins in 1981, Lucille has come home to Coquitlam to give her first solo concert in 25 years. The last time the hometown crowd saw her, it was with her husband Bob. Coming home has stirred up a lifetime of memories that the audience will relive throughout the course of the play. The story takes you to the heights of her international stardom, to the loss of her voice and the downhill spiral of her marriage. The common thread through it all is the music, songs such as Yodel Love Call, I’m Leavin’ It Up To You, Who’s Gonna Stand by Me, and of course, The French Song.

Back to You stars Beverley Elliott as Lucille in concert, Alison MacDonald (just from the Arts Club production of Les Miserables) as the young Lucille, and Jeff Gladstone plays Lucille’s husband Bob Regan.

It’s a fascinating homegrown story, and this is a great chance to see a top notch production in our own backyard.

Back to You will be in a few venues around the Lower Mainland throughout the fall…

Sept 22-26: Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam
Sept 30-Oct 10: Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver
Nov 12-21: Gateway Theatre in Richmond

For tickets in Coquitlam, visit the Evergreen Cultural Centre Box office at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca, or call (604) 927-6555.

For more information about the production, visit www.musicaltheatreworks.ca

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