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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1908) is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written as fiction for readers of all ages, the literary classic has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who have a farm on Prince Edward Island and who had intended to adopt a boy to help them. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school and within the town.
Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Numerous sequels were written by Montgomery, and since her death another sequel has been published, as well as an authorized prequel. The original book is taught to students around the world.
It has been adapted as films, made for television movies, and animated and live-action television series. Plays and musicals have also been created, with productions annually in Canada since 1964 of the first musical production, which has toured in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Others have been produced in Canada and the United States.
"At every turn, Theatre Calgary's Anne of Green Gables is big, glitzy and pulsing with life...Choreographer Lisa Stevens has created some vibrant musical numbers most notably for Where Did The Summer Go, which gives nods to everything from Buzby Burkley to Les Miserables." Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun Read the rest of the review
Anne of Green Gables - The Musical ®
Book by Donald Harron
Music by Norman Campbell
Lyrics by Donald Harron, Norman Campbell, Mavor Moore and Elaine Campbell
Creative Consultants: Brian Robertson and Kelley Harron
Based on the novel, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L.M. Montgomery
Director: Dennis Garnhum
Musical Director: Elizabeth Baird
Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
Music Supervisor, Arrangements/Orchestrations: Dave Pierce