The production is a one-man show, with James Gordon using humour, political commentary, pathos,18 original songs, spoken word, hundreds of projected images, audience participation and an activist's passion to show where we are and where we can go as a nation.
We think the timing is right for this innovative work. So many Canadians are feeling that their voice is not being heard under the "Harper Government". What can we do about this? Audiences can find out, and have a fun theatrical evening at the same time with this production.
Not exactly a tribute show, Stephen Harper the musical puts the "ire" back in "satire"!
Audiences will be familiar with James Gordon for his work as a singer-songwriter, with 40 albums to his credit over a thirty-year international career. His current CD, "Coyote's Calling", reached #2 on the Canadian national roots radio airplay charts, and the album includes some of the songs from "Stephen Harper: The Musical". His previous plays "Hardscrabble Road" (about homeless and globalization issues), "Nastee Business" (about the bottled water scam) and "Tryst And Snout" (a hillbilly adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream) established him as a skilled playwright with an eye for using musical theatre as a vehicle for pointed social commentary.
As a resident songwriter for 12 years with two CBC radio shows, "Basic Black" and "Ontario Morning", James honed his comedy skills. Twenty years with the Canadian folk trio Tamarack gave him a nation-wide outlet for his music about Canada's heritage and identity. James has been very involved with community activist issues in Guelph, and in fact ran in the last provincial election as a provincial candidate (hint - not for the Conservative Party!)