(Revised & Expanded)
Soon to be a musical!
We’re not kidding! For it’s 42nd season, the Centaur Theatre, Quebec’s premiere English-language theatre company, will present the World Premiere of Schwartz’s: The Musical. Written by Bowser & Blue and directed by Roy Surette, the colourful story of Schwartz’s comes to life March 29, 2011 on stage with a full cast of larger-than-life characters who call Schwartz’s home.
In anticipation of this unique event, Véhicule Press is publishing a completely updated and expanded book in a new format. This revised edition with a new cover designed by Michel Rabagliati, will include additional photos and a chapter on the legendary Jean Béliveau.
Bill Brownstein’s bestseller tells the story of the iconic Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen and the origins of its unequalled smoked meat. In a style reminiscent of Damon Runyon’s descriptions of New York’s flamboyant street characters in the 1920s and 1930s, Brownstein vividly portrays the succession of Schwartz’s eccentric owners and staff, and the larger-than-life characters of St. Lawrence Boulevard—The Main.
Bill Brownstein is a columnist with the Montreal Gazette and can be heard weekly on CJAD radio. He has made two documentary films—Bill Lee: A Profile of a Pitcher and Skating on Thin Ice. He is also the author of Sex Carnival and Down the Tube. He loves smoked meat.
“When you’re in Montreal, you must go to Schwartz’s.” —New York Times
“A Beef on Rye to Freeze to Death for.” —London Financial Times
CANADIAN RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2010
US RELEASE DATE: APRIL 2011