I’ve often wondered what it was like to see the earliest draft of Come From Away — what was the energy in the room? How has the blockbuster musical evolved since that first outing? Did that audience know how special that piece of theatre would become?

Someday, I think critics and historians might wonder the same about Maggie, now playing in its world premiere at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton.

With music, book, lyrics, and real-life inspiration from country singer Johnny Reid (with help from Matt Murray and Bob Foster), Maggie is a love letter to working-class Scotland, a tribute to Reid’s grandmother, and a wrenching tale of perseverance and love.

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