About the Play

A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (Big; Starting Here, Starting Now; Baby), the review, Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever, is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known.

Closer Than Ever takes a musical look at everyday struggles in the “modern world.” Featuring self-contained songs which deal with such diverse topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love; this show tackles topics with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Each song is a unique story told by a new character, taking audiences, not only into the songbook of Mr. Maltby and Mr. Shire, but into the minds of the individuals facing these completely relatable challenges.

Production Team


SHOW ONLY: Wednesday, May 2nd, 8PM and Thursday, May 3rd, 8PM  (doors open at 7:30, cash bar)

MATINEE SHOW & TEA: Saturday, May 5th, 2PM (doors open at 1:30, cash bar also open)

DINNER THEATRE: Friday, May 4th and Saturday May 5th, 6PM Dinner/7:30PM Show (doors open 5:30PM)

MAY 4 & 5 – DINNER BUFFET MENU: An Italian-style dinner with a wide variety of dishes (chicken parmesan, spaghetti & pasta noodles, selection of sauces: marinara, vegetarian marinara, meat lovers & Alfredo. Meat balls, Caesar salad, garden salad, assorted desserts, coffee & tea station)

Artistic / Music Director
Mel Hinch

Sandi LaPlante

Julie Underhill

Rehearsal & Performance Accompanist / Band Leader
Gayle Haley

The Cast and Production Crew

Woman 2
Lindsay Cadieux

Stage Manager
Wendy Missen

Woman 1
Ann Johnston

Sound Technician
Noah Hollinshead

Man 2
Richard Doria

Jen Raedts

Man 1
Ty Kennedy

Spot Light Operator
Mauro Vadacchino

Venue – Ferndale Banquet Hall

Ferndale Banquet Hall

Ferndale Banquet Hall
24 Ferndale Industrial Dr.
Barrie,  ON L4N 9W2

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