Blue Champagne opens in Drayton on July 9

Jump and jive through the heyday of the hepcat with Blue Champagne, a production that swings, scats, stomps, and soars through the most memorable songs of the 1940s.

This musical starts July 9 and is to be a celebration of the music that inspired people the world over during one of the most significant decades in recent history.

Blue Champagne will have audiences snapping their fing­ers, tapping their toes, and sing­ing along with the per­formers on stage,” said Drayton Entertainment artistic director Alex Mustakas. “They are definitely in for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.”

Theatrically set as a live radio show broadcasting from an intimate rooftop lounge, part of a series of popular “cham­pagne broadcasts,” Blue Cham­pagne conjures up mem­ories of the Big Band era, Jukebox hits, Hollywood musicals, Victory Bonds, and the best of Broad­way.

This show features the un­forgettable music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Ira Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hart, with tunes as Dancing Cheek to Cheek, Pennies From Heaven, Jukebox Saturday Night, and Happy Days Are Here Again.

Director and choreographer David Connolly has led several shows for Drayton Entertain­ment including this season’s record-breaking production of High School Musical at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and King’s Wharf Theatre. Last summer, Connolly was the performance director for the CBC reality series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

The cast features perfor­mances by Michael Killinger, Marianne McCord, Leah Oster, Stephanie Roth, and Michael Torontow. The band is led by music director Charles T. Coz­ens and bass player Robert Mills.

“In the same spirit as our smash hit musical revue Swing, Blue Champagne is a genuinely feel-good production that encourages everyone to relax, let loose, and have fun,” said Mustakas.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-888-449-4463. For more informa­tion visit www.drayton­festi­