THUNDER BAY, ON - September 24, 2009 - Magnus Theatre is excited to announce that HANK WILLIAMS: THE SHOW HE NEVER GAVE by Maynard Collins, has been extended to Saturday October 3, 2009. “Hank Williams is a phenomenal success for Magnus! Many of the 20 performances, during the initial two and a half week run, are sold out. To accomodate the scores of people who would still love the opportunity to see a performance, we have decided
to hold the show over for one additional week.” says Artistic Director Mario Crudo.
This play with music presents the concert Hank Williams never actually made it to on New Year's Eve in 1953. It is the concert as it might have played out if Williams had not died in the back seat of his Cadillac on his way to the performance. While relating his version of an entertainer's life and self-inflicted hard times, Williams performs over a dozen of his hits including Your Cheatin' Heart, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, and I Saw The Light.
The part of Hank Williams is played by Thunder Bay’s own Danny Johnson, backed up by four very talented local musicians. Magnus Theatre is very proud to be presenting all local artists on stage. Rob Jardine, a member of the Lakehead University Faculty of Music, and the Audio Director at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, plays the steel guitar, internationally renowned fiddler Pierre Schryer who performs on one of his own customed designed violins, David Smyth who has worked with the likes of Denny Doherty of The Mama’s And The Papa’s and has composed, directed, and performed in dozens of musicals, is on guitar, and Dan
Zadkovich, owner/operator of the Lakehead School of Music and member of the band 21 Gun Fun, plays the double bass.
Featuring: Danny Johnson
With Musicians: Rob Jardine, Pierre Schryer, David Smyth, Dan Zadkovich
Director: Mario Crudo
Musical Director: Danny Johnson
Set Designer: Bruce Repei
Lighting Designer: Tim Rodrigues
Costume Designer: Mervi Agombar
Stage Manager: Gillian Jones
10 S. Algoma St.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3A7
Tel.: (807) 345-5552
Fax: (807) 345-0291
Danny Johnson -
productions, including 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, FOREVER PLAID, and last year’s hit GLORIOUS. As a musician/musical director, he has worked with such legendary artists as Bo Diddley, Bob Newhart, Paul Shaffer, Hal Linden, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Theresa Tova, Long John Baldry, Sherman Robertson, Jack de Keyzer and Paul James. Danny is also a well-respected singer/songwriter who has opened for many acclaimed touring acts, including Bob Dylan, The Tragically Hip, Colin James, George Jones, Valdy and Johnny Cash. He will be headlining two concerts with the TBSO in November. He owns and operates Danalog Studio as an engineer/producer, having worked on Juno and Gemini-nominated albums and films.
Maynard Collins - Maynard Collins of Ottawa, Ontario has worked over the years as a playwright, journalist, magazine writer, documentary film researcher, scriptwriter and civil servant. As a well-known writer in the entertainment field, he has written the musical ROCKABILLY HEAVEN, the children's play JONATAN 99-47,the monograph THE FILMS OF NORMAN MCLAREN, the biography GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ HIS MIND, the detective novel Death on Thirty Beat, along with the script and film adaptation of HANK WILLIAMS: THE SHOW HE NEVER GAVE, which has been performed numerous times in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. After a hiatus from writing, he is now researching a work of fiction to be set in the Ottawa Valley,
where he has spent most of his life.
Mario Crudo, Director - Mario is the Artistic Director of Magnus Theatre. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in England, and has over 35 years experience in theatre with a proven record as a critically acclaimed director across Canada. For many years he worked as an Associate Director at the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver.