“Christie – The Girl With the Golden Voice” returns to the deCoste

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PICTOU – “Christie - The Girl with the Golden Voice” will be on stage at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. 

 

Featuring Ann Holton in the title role, this musical/theatrical production tells the true story of a young girl from Pictou who became one of Broadway’s biggest stars in the early 1900’s.

Christie MacDonald was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia on February 28, 1875 and her musical training began in Nova Scotia.

In an interview, MacDonald recalled one of her earliest performances, in a local church in Pictou, when she was supposed to sing "Come Here, Little Birdie," but came down with a case of stage fright.

"I forgot to call 'little birdie,’ and the audience, not knowing the circumstances, said it was the finest bit of character acting Pictou had ever seen" (The New York Times, July 1962).

MacDonald and her family eventually moved to Boston where she continued her musical studies.

Her first big hit in New York took place in 1910 when she sang the role of Princess of Bozena in the operetta “The Spring Maid.” The popular show opened on December 26, 1910 at the Liberty Theatre and ran for 192 performances 

In 1913, MacDonald was engaged for the lead role in Victor Herbert's “Sweethearts.” Herbert wrote the part specifically for MacDonald, and this became one of her favourite roles.

MacDonald sang her final Broadway role in 1920 and she died in 1962 at the age of 87 in Westport, Connecticut. 

In 1992, 30 years after her death, a group of artists, musicians and composers presented the musical at the deCoste Centre, which played to sold-out houses.

In 2003, this adaptation “Christie - The Girl with the Golden Voice” was first performed at the deCoste to rave reviews. 

The current show features Lloyd MacLean on piano and narrator John Spyder Macdonald.

Tickets are $25 for adults and are on sale at the deCoste Centre box office. They’ll also be available at the door.  

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