Bon Jovi musical tribute coming to FirstOntario PAC

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre press release – Hold on to your mullet – the Bon Jovi jukebox musical you’ve been waiting for is finally here. But, it’s up to the audience to imagine it all, with the help of just one man: theatre maker Paul O’Donnell.

Modern jukebox musicals usually involve a multi-talented cast, an orchestra, opulent sets, decadent costumes, extravagant routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two. We’ve Got Each Other has none of these things but Paul will still try to create an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle simply using the power of imagination.

This hilarious one-man-show has been called “Bonjovial” and arrives at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, March 12/2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Through entertaining descriptions of the show as it unfolds and 180+ lighting cues, Paul invites the audience to “fill in the gaps,” to imagine the breathtaking, and tragic love story of Tommy and Gina.

Expect glitter balls, high camp and one incredibly catchy 80’s tune. This feel-good show celebrates the community that is formed when artist and audience meet and the extraordinary things that we can achieve when we come together if we just believe.

“Whether you’re a fan of Bon Jovi or not does not matter. This is seriously one of the funniest shows we’ve ever seen and we’re thrilled to bring it in from the UK for you to all see why.” – Sara Palmieri, Programming & Marketing Manager and Annie Wilson, Programming Supervisor.

We’ve Got Each Other won the BE Festival Audience Award 2018 as well as the Young FITT Festival’s Audience Award and Best Performer Award in Spain. The show was awarded BE Festival Early Ideas Award and China Plate’s First Bite Commission in 2017. We’ve Got Each Other was a critically acclaimed hit at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and is set for O’Donnell first Canadian tour in 2020.

“I have always admired the musical theatre genre; swept away by the spectacle of it all, the extravagance of it all, and the audience’s ability to completely lose themselves in the fiction of it, if only for an hour or two,” explains O’Donnell. “There is something rather magical about spending two hours in a room lost in the most fantastical large scale musical, and I was curious to see if I could capture this experience in my own small scale work.”

Paul O’Donnell is a theatre maker and producer, based in Coventry, UK. His work aims to expose the ordinary in a spectacular fashion.

Paul’s work to date includes an all singing all dancing harem of “Pauls” exploring our human need to feel like a “something” (Nothing!) one very “real” cowboy in a very “real” saloon (So Far West), and a mime artist who is trying to break free of his glass box (One Thing On His Mime).

Paul has worked with Arcola Theatre’s Over 50’s Community group and Belgrade Theatre’s community and education department. He is Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Absolute.

He also co-founded and produces Shoot Festival, a platform supporting up and coming artists in Coventry and Warwickshire.

We’ve Got Each Other comes to Partridge Hall on Thursday, March 12/2020, at 7:30 p.m. Click on firstontariopac.ca for tickets or visit the box office in-person at 250 St. Paul Street or call the box office: 905-688-0722.