The Canadian hockey obsession has now reached into the film genre. This year's Toronto International Film Festival opens September 9 with the world premiere gala presentation of 'Score: A Hockey Musical,' written and directed by Michael McGowan ('One Week,' 'Saint Ralph').

The film tells the story of a teenage hockey star who lives the quintessential Canadian dream of being discovered on the ice, and he goes from obscurity to fame overnight. Here's the difference, though: There will be singing. The film stars musical icon Olivia Newton-John ('Grease'), singer/songwriter Marc Jordan, newcomers Noah Reid and Allie MacDonald, and features cameos from an impressive lineup of Canadian music, broadcast and hockey stars. The Canadian hockey obsession has now reached into the film genre. This year's Toronto International Film Festival opens September 9 with the world premiere gala presentation of 'Score: A Hockey Musical,' written and directed by Michael McGowan ('One Week,' 'Saint Ralph').

The film tells the story of a teenage hockey star who lives the quintessential Canadian dream of being discovered on the ice, and he goes from obscurity to fame overnight. Here's the difference, though: There will be singing. The film stars musical icon Olivia Newton-John ('Grease'), singer/songwriter Marc Jordan, newcomers Noah Reid and Allie MacDonald, and features cameos from an impressive lineup of Canadian music, broadcast and hockey stars.

"'Score: A Hockey Musical' captures key elements of Canadian identity – our passion for our national pastime, our unique musical style and our special brand of humor," says Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF. "We're pleased to welcome back Michael McGowan to the festival to help us kick off 11 days of exciting programming."

"I can't think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with 'Score: A Hockey Musical'," says Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking -- although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9."

The film co-stars Stephen McHattie ('Watchmen') and John Pyper-Ferguson ('Hard Core Logo,' 'Brothers & Sisters'), and features cameos by music artists Nelly Furtado, Hawksley Workman and John McDermott, journalist George Stroumboulopoulos, hockey dad Walter Gretzky and hockey star Theo Fleury.

'Score: A Hockey Musical' features 19 original songs with lyrics written by McGowan, and featuring music from Barenaked Ladies, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, and five songs on which Hawksley Workman contributed.
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