The Charlottetown Festival has announced their headlining dates for the spring of 2019, and ‘Tell Tale Harbour’, Alan Doyle’s new musical is on the bill.
Alan Doyle – lead vocalist of the band Great Big Sea, and an acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter, will premiere Tell Tale Harbour at the Festival in May, and he also co-wrote the musical and will co-produce the production.
The musical recounts a man’s last night on Earth, and his lover’s inner conflicts as they come to terms with his death.
“I’m in awe of Alan,” said Festival Director Andrew Alexander in a statement, “His voice, his songwriting, his stories, and his life, and everything he creates just makes life more interesting.”
Tell Tale Harbour debuted off-Broadway in 2013, and was critically acclaimed, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Score. The book and lyrics are by Tim Federle, and the musical features music by Doyle and lyrics by Tim Federle.
“This story of love and death and one man’s last journey into a nightmare of conscience was totally relevant to me”, Doyle said in a statement. “I wanted to share that heartache, and that void felt when that voice says ‘I’m sorry’ – even if you’re the one giving it – and tells you ‘it won’t be you forever'”.
In addition to Doyle, Tell Tale Harbour is joined by performances from singer Kate Hamm (Dancing on the Edge, Roy Rogers & the Kings, The Black Dog), and plays at the Merivale Centre from 1 May to 31 May 2019. Tickets for the musical and the rest of the Festival go on sale Friday, 10 January, at 10am.