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HONK THE MUSICAL

based on the book by HANS

CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN               

book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles

music by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles

HONK! A MUSICAL TALE OF THE UGLY DUCKLING is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law. 

October 13th-November 4th, 2023

Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7pm

Sundays at 2pm

rated G | 3+

running time: 
Two act musical, approx. 120 mins

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SHOW SUMMARY

HONK, based on Hans Christian Andersen's adored story of "The Ugly Duckling" tells the tale of a different looking duck named Ugly, Pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost, and embarks on an journey through the countryside, meeting many different animals, finding himself, and love, along the way.  

 

“George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's musical version of The Ugly Duckling getting me where it hurts. In part, it's because the talented duo have never fulfilled the wondrous promise of this early piece, and in part because like all good family shows it's multi-layered and open to many meanings."

– The Guardian

RATING: G | 5
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Video courtesy of Honk! The Musical Youtube

Show Summary
Statistics
Production Inclusion Statics

65.38% FEMALE/NON-BINARY
REPRESENTATION

42.31% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION

19.23% BIPOC
REPRESENTATION

23.08% LGBTQIA2S+
REPRESENTATION

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75% ON STAGE
57.14% OFFSTAGE

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41.67% ON STAGE
42.86% OFFSTAGE

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16.67% ON STAGE

21.43% OFFSTAGE

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16.67% ON STAGE
23.08% OFFSTAGE

CREATORS
ABOUT THE CREATORS 

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (born April 2, 1805, Odense, near Copenhagen, Denmark—died August 4, 1875, Copenhagen), Danish master of the literary fairy tale whose stories achieved wide renown. He is also the author of plays, novels, poems, travel books, and several autobiographies. While many of those works are almost unknown outside Denmark, his fairy tales are among the most frequently translated works in all of literary history. 

Andersen's work first gained recognition in 1829, with the publication of a short story entitled "A Journey on Foot from Holmen's Canal to the East Point of Amager." He followed this with the publication of a play, a book of poetry and a travelogue. The promising young author won a grant from the king, allowing him to travel across Europe and further develop his body of work. A novel based on his time in Italy, The Improvisatore, was published in 1835. The same year, Andersen began producing fairy tales. 

Despite his success as a writer up to this point, Andersen did not initially attract attention for his writing for children. His next novels, O.T. and Only a Fiddler, remained critical favorites. Over the following decades, he continued to write for both children and adults, penning several autobiographies, travel narratives and poetry extolling the virtues of the Scandinavian people. Meanwhile, critics and consumers overlooked volumes including the now-classic stories The Little Mermaid and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Courtesy of Britannica and Biography

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ANTHONY DREWE

During his 23-year writing collaboration with composer George Stiles, Anthony has written the book and lyrics for Tutankhamun, Just So, Soho Cinders, the multi award-winning Honk! and the lyrics for Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure (book by Willis Hall). With composer Tony Hatch, he wrote lyrics for The Card and, with Singaporean composer Dick Lee, the lyrics for A Twist of Fate.

Anthony Drewe’s work apart from Stiles has involved him in writing lyrics for the 1992 revival of The Card, the musical which had a score by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent when it played the West End in 1973, and for The Canterville Ghost (with James McConnell, co-winner of the Vivian Ellis Awards in 1987). He has also appeared in Rogues To Riches, a musical version of The Beau Stratagem, written and starred in the murder mystery musical, A Twist Of Fate (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Raffles Hotel, 1997 and 1998), and directed revivals of Snoopy (Watermill) and Cowardy Custard (Royal Academy of Music). Stiles and Drewe took their own show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, and have since appeared on many television and radio programmes. They also created and starred in two revues, Navel Fluff And Other Trivial Pursuits and Warts And All, and contributed a good deal of material to the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue.

 

Courtesy of Playbill and All Music 

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GEORGE STILES

Stiles and Drewe’s musical Honk! won London’s Olivier Award for Best New Musical (2000) and has since been seen in more than 2,000 productions worldwide. Their other shows include Just So (North Shore Music Theatre), Peter Pan, Tutankhamun and Soho Cinders. George’s new musical The Three Musketeers, with lyrics by Paul Leigh and book by Peter Raby, played at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other work includes the scores for Sam Mendes’ Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (BAM), musical adaptations of Tom Jones and Moll Flanders, songs for the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue and a blissful spell as Dame Edna’s pink pianist and resident composer. Mary Poppins marks his Broadway debut. He is also a co-producer of Six the Musical.

Courtesy of Playbill

SONG LIST

SONG LIST

ACT ONE

A Poultry Tale - Drake, Ida, Turkey, Henrietta, Maureen, Cat, Grace

The Joy of Motherhood Ida, Maureen

Different (Pre-Reprise) - Ida

Hold Your Head Up High Ida, Ugly, Fish, Water

Look At Him - Company

Different Ugly

Play With Your Food - Cat, Ugly

Lost Ugly

The Elegy Company

Every Tear A Mother Cries Ida

The Wild Goose Chase Greylag, Dot, Snowy, Barnacles, Pinkfoot, Ugly, Cat

Act One Finale: Hold Your Head Up High (Reprise) -

Ida, Ugly

 

ACT TWO

It Takes All Sorts – Queenie, Lowbutt

Together – Cat, Queenie, Lowbutt

The Collage - Drake, Ida, Company

Now I’ve Seen You – Ugly

Warts and All – Company

The Blizzard – Company

Transformation - Ugly, Ida, Penny

Melting Moggy – Cat

Act Two Finale: Look At Him (Reprise) – Company

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

FROM THE DIRECTOR
 

Coming soon!

Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan

Director

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THE COMPANY

THE CAST

Ugly Alex Bergen

Ida Joanna Murphy

Beaky/Bullfrog Hayoung Chun

Billy/Barnacles/Bewick Promona Swati

Cat Ethan Vasquez Taylor

Downey/Pinkfoot/Lowbutt Lindsay Holt

Drake/Farmer Kirk Schmidt

Fluffy/Snowy Ceilidh MacDonald

Grace/Dot/Jay Bird/Old Woman Jacqueline Gibney

Henrietta/Penny/Maggie Pie/Queenie Annika Keatly

Maureen/Mother Swan Paige Belisle

Turkey/Greylag/Camera Op/Father Swan David Kampel

THE CREW

Director Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan

Musical Director Réjean Campbell

Choreographer Greg Pember

Stage Manager Charlotte Braid

Assistant Stage Manager Maya Lakhu

Assistant Stage Manager Brady Hillman

Production Manager Skylar Desjardins

Set Designer DeNeane Osmond

Master Set Builder Joshua Bailey

Props Master Cassie Holmes

Costume Designer Darcie Howe

Wardrobe Assistant Tammy Vanderbeek

Sound Designer and Programmer Ross Wilson

Sound Operator Paul Davies

Sound Operator Aretha Smith

Lighting Designer Skye Grinde

Artistic Producer JP Thibodeau

Marketing Director & Graphic Design Jennifer Merio

Show Photography Tim Nguyen

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DONORS, SUPPORTERS & CONTRIBUTORS

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Janine Labossiere

Frank Fowler

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Ella Quinn

Kirk Schmidt

Melissa Smith

THANK YOU

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