A Segal Centre Production
Book and lyrics by Emil Sher
Music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro
Based on the short story
The Hockey Sweater
by Roch Carrier
Translated into English by Sheila Fischman
Published by House of Anansi Press
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
The Segal is continuing on its mission to bring great Canadian stories to the stage with the development of another brand new musical. The Segal has commissioned and will produce the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Roch Carrier’s beloved story: The Hockey Sweater. The production will pay homage to this treasured Quebec story by reinventing the classic tale about one of Montreal’s greatest passion into a modern musical for the whole family.
In 1946, Roch Carrier lived for one thing only: hockey. When his favourite hockey sweater–the glorious “tricolore”–becomes tattered and too small, his mother insists he get a new one. But when a mail‑order mix-up leaves him dressed in enemy colours, Roch must learn the importance of what's in your heart, even when it's not on your sleeve.
“I am thrilled that my story The Hockey Sweater that has brought back so many childhood memories for Canadians of all ages will now be told in such a spectacular way to celebrate Montréal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said author Roch Carrier.
“To retell The Hockey Sweater in 2017 is to not only revisit who we once were but reflect the multicultural society we are today,” explained Book Writer and Co-Lyricist Emil Sher.
“I can think of nothing more fitting to celebrate Montréal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversaries than to give The Hockey Sweater, a timeless Canadian tale, ‘the Broadway treatment’. I am grateful to be able to join in the celebrations thanks to the support of the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal's 375th Anniversary,” said Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
“Montrealers love hockey and the sport is a big part of our city's history. Celebrating hockey in a musical that will delight the entire family is an excellent way of celebrating Montréal's 375th anniversary,” said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre.
“As a partner of Montréal’s 375th celebrations, the Gouvernement du Québec is pleased to take part in a production dedicated to Roch Carrier’s classic tale. This musical will offer young and old an opportunity to rediscover, through a literary work that reflects our collective history, the cultural identity of an era defined by hockey,” said Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.
“The Segal Centre invites us to re-explore The Hockey Sweater, which taps into the DNA of Montrealers, Quebecers and Canadians. If there is one passion that speaks to all Montrealers, it’s our abiding love for hockey and its heroes. For Montréal’s 375th anniversary, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical is a unique production with a touching story that will bring people together and transport them back to their childhoods,” said Serge Postigo, Assistant Commissioner for Celebrations for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.