A musical version of The Grand Seduction? ‘What a fun thing to do,’ says Alan Doyle

Canadian musicians are finding new voices in the world of musical theatre

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Leaping into musical theatre wasn’t the most obvious step for Alan Doyle’s career, but when an offer to write songs for a stage adaptation of The Grand Seduction landed in his lap, he was instantly intrigued.

The former Great Big Sea singer was asked to pen lyrics for a musical based on the 2013 Don McKellar film, itself a remake of the French-Canadian hit La Grande Seduction. Doyle felt navigating around an already established story based in Newfoundland and Labrador would be entirely new territory.

“What a fun thing to do,” he says of the collaborative songwriting sessions that he likened to performing improvisational theatre.

“Mary comes out. What does she sing? It needs to be something about the groceries.”

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