The Simpsons do Macbeth in MacHomer

Rick Miller does impressions of more than 50 voices from the TV show

Top Row (from left): Denis Leclerc

Top Row (from left): Denis Leclerc

The international smash hit show MacHomer plays Maple Ridge next week.

This one-man vocal spectacular features impressions of more than 50 voices from TV’s The Simpsons in a hilarious performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Rick Miller’s spot-on impressions of characters from the hit series populate this imaginatively staged version of the tragedy, a multi-media update truly “full of sound and fury”.

The result is that rare jewel: an educational and entertaining show, which has amazed audiences of all ages, backgrounds and languages.

Conceived as a Macbeth cast party sketch in 1994, Miller’s MacHomer has been on tour for more than a decade and has been seen by over half a million people in 130 cities worldwide.

In 2005, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, MacHomer was completely revamped, featuring new songs, new characters and enhanced sound and video design.

Miller trained in Montreal as an architect, actor and singer, and has performed in five languages on five continents.

He is the host of ABC’s hit prime time series Just for Laughs and Entertainment Weekly has called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.”

As the artistic director of WYRD Productions, he has created and performed the award-winning solo shows Art?, Slightly Bent, and the worldwide hit MacHomer. He has also co-created Into the Ring with Dawson Nichols, and two plays with Daniel Brooks, HARDSELL and Bigger Than Jesus, winner of three DORA awards in 2005 including best actor.

Miller has worked with internationally renowned director Robert Lepage on such plays as La Géométrie des Miracles, Zulu Time (co-created with Peter Gabriel), the film Possible Worlds, and the new nine-hour play entitled Lipsynch.

Over the years, MacHomer has been highlighted at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival. Other prestigious venues that have presented MacHomer include The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., U.S.A., and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the California Shakespeare Theatre and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

• MacHomer plays two shows at the ACT in Maple Ridge on Friday, May 6. A school show plays at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7.50. Teachers can call 604-476-2790 for more information. The second show plays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students.