Guido with his wife, muse, and mistress

Nine: The Musical

Following last year's The Rocky Horror Show, the UC Follies once again tackle a challenging piece of musical theatre, this time trading the rock and roll band for an orchestra. Nine: the Musical (based on Federico Fellini's 8 1/2) follows a famous Italian Director who precariously balances women and filmmaking in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Directed by Stephen Low, with musical direction by Lily Ling, David Pereira stars as Guido Contini while a trio of talented actresses play his wife, mistress, and muse. Careful attention to the costume design anchors the 1960s setting. Although the show mimics 8 1/2's black and white film style, the theatre experience is brought to life with charming melodies and dance.

The musical truly shines when entering the realm of Contini's vivid imagination. Daydream sequences often interrupt Guido's thoughts, giving the audience a look into his whimsical creative process. As deadlines and relationship problems fill his plate, Guido retreats deeper into his thoughts until the past and present become a melange of love, hurt, comedy, and drama. An ensemble cast of 25 actors and actresses weave the fabric of the story with rousing dance and song numbers.

Nine: The Musical

UC Follies is U of T's musical theatre company. Each year, the entire production is cast and crewed by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about musicals.

Location: Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Playing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Times: Feb. 8-16 @ 8 PM, Feb. 17 @ 2 & 8 PM
Cost: $20 for adults, $12 for students
Group Rates: $16 / $10 students
Tickets:, by phone (416-978-8849), or in person at Hart House Theatre.

Also see: Theatre Picks: Feb 7-15

Photos by J. Unnold

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