Lullaby Baxter’s new musical, Garden Cities of To-morrow, debuted at Calgary’s Epcor Centre for Performing Arts this past January. The musical tells the story of Dolores Calhoun, a woman only truly happy when doing dishes. Her husband Morton canâ€™t seem to dirty nearly enough dishes. In due course, Dolores takes in orphans, collects dirty dishes from neighbors, and even has strangers send her dirty dishes in the mail. Part fable, part farce, part domestic drama (think Threepenny Opera meets Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), the musical is built around songs that originally appeared on Lullaby Baxterâ€™s two critically acclaimed albums (Capable Egg and Garden Cities of To-morrow.) Narrated by Lutwidge Sedgwick, Garden Cities of To-morrow stars Baxter herself as Dolores, with Bertram Havisham as Morton and Lily String Quartet as the orphans.
“…a most delightful surprise…Garden Cities of To-morrow won you over from itsâ€™ first song to itâ€™s final encore…a winsome, funny and gorgeous musical.”
Watch a clip of the film here: