This might overtake Hamilton as our favorite soundtrack.
You’ve read the books over and over again. Maybe you even have a flight alert to someday visit Prince Edward Island. But do you know all the words to “Avonlea, We Love Thee”? That’s right: your favorite childhood book is also a musical. And what’s more? Anne of Green Gables: The Musical is actually the longest running annual musical theater production—ever.
The musical has been produced every summer for 52 years at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Canada. The show made news this week when Adam Brazier, this season’s director announced that Anne, Matthew, and Marilla—the three leading roles—will be recast for the 53rd season. Only 17 actresses so far have played the part since its debut in 1965 as part of the theater’s yearly Charlottetown Festival. For the past two years, Anne was played by island native Jessica Gallant. She chose to leave the production last year to explore other opportunities
Thinking of booking a trip to Prince Edward Island? The show will be running as a part of the 2017 Charlottetown Festival from June 14 until September 23, 2017. Tickets are already available to purchase starting at $29 CAD (about $22 USD) for all performances.
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Can’t make it all the way to Canada? The Charlottetown cast recording, featuring songs like “We Clearly Requested a Boy,” “Humble Pie,” and the eponymous “Anne of Green Gables” was released in 2014. It is available to stream or purchase on Amazon.