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Friday, 23 June 2017 16:20

CBC’s Air Face celebrates Canada 150

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

National Telecast this Saturday, July 1st Features Special

Guest Stars including astronaut Chris Hadfield and

actor Eric Peterson

By Dennis Kucherawy

Did you hear the one about the astronaut and the Barenaked Lady?  Well, leave it to Canada’s comedy troupe Air Farce to bring them together for its first-ever summer special, this one celebrating our country’s 150th birthday.

Friday, 09 June 2017 12:53

Pride Toronto Presents

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

 

“Angels in America’s” Tony Kushner

This Monday, June 12th at Isabel Bader Theatre (University of Toronto)

By Dennis Kucherawy

As Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning drama “Angels in America” plays to sold-out audiences at London’s National Theatre in a 25th-anniversary production there, he returns to Toronto next week for an evening of discussion.  Kushner will deliver a lecture that will be followed by a Question and Answer session moderated by Chris Glover of CBC Toronto.

Among his other work is “A Bright Room Called Day,” “Homebody/Kabul,” the musical “Caroline, or Change,” and screenplay adaptations for Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” and “Lincoln” that were both nominated for Oscars.

Original Broadway Cast Recording now available at Song & Script

Bette Midler stars as Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman’s "Hello, Dolly"

Highest grossing Musical Up for 10 Tony Awards including “Best Musical Revival”

“Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” – Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi, “Hello Dolly”

By Dennis Kucherawy

Saturday, 03 June 2017 13:24

“Groundhog Day – The Musical” CD

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Now available at Song & Script

Features Original Broadway Cast

Two-time 2017 Olivier Award-winner including “Best Musical”

Seven-time Tony Award nominee including “Best Musical”

 “Groundhog Day – The Musical” is a CD you’re going to want to have on repeat.

Mitchell Marcus of The Musical Stage Co. and the Late

Theatre Critic Jon Kaplan Among Special Award Winners

Award Ceremonies to be held Monday, June 26th at the Elgin Theatre

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Come From Away,” (CFA) the Canadian-developed musical that’s now a hit on Broadway, has received eight Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations including Best New Musical/Opera and Outstanding Production.”

Canadian Treasure Jackie Richardson Heads Cast of

Leading Jazz, Blues and Gospel Singers and Musicians

Seven performances only  

Beginning This Saturday, May 27th  

By Dennis Kucherawy  

Since she was a young girl, Canada’s beloved jazz/blues diva Jackie Richardson has listened to the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess.”  Ironically, she has never seen it.  Now, she will perform in a concert of the music she has loved these many years.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 14:06

“Onegin” Rocks!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Music Stage Co.’s Hip Hit Bursts with Energy, Talent, Sass

and Imagination

By Dennis Kucherawy

Bizet’s “Carmen,” it’s been said, is the opera for people who hate opera.  The same can likely be said for the Canadian musical “Onegin” now playing at the Berkeley Street Theatre downstairs until Sunday, June 4th.

National Theatre’s Sold-Out “Angels in America” To Play Cineplex Theatres This July

Universally acclaimed 25th Anniversary Production of Tony Kushner’s Stage Classic Features All-Star Cast including Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and Olivier Award-winning Denise Gough

National Theatre Live Broadcasts begin Thursday, July 20th at Cineplex Theatres Throughout Canada

By Dennis Kucherawy

“…a 25th-anniversary revival that confirms its place in the pantheon of dreams that stretch toward the heavens.  In the case of `Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,’ the sky is no the limit, and no work of theatre since has quite matched its reach.”

Vancouver Smash Hit Comes to Toronto in New Production

Previews begin this Saturday, May 13th at Berkeley Street Theatre

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Onegin’s” world premiere production last year at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre … held over twice … won an unprecedented 10 Jessie Awards. Now, The Musical Stage Co., formerly known as Acting Up Stage Co., is presenting Canada’s west coast hit in Toronto with previews beginning this weekend.

Three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz to Share

Intimate Evening of Song and Memories at Panasonic

Theatre Sunday, May 7th at    7:30 p.m.

Onstage conversation with Michael Kerker, ASCAP Director of Musical Theatre and Performances by All-Star Canadian singers

Presented by Canadian Musical Theatre Writers’ Collective in association with ASCAP

Forty-five years ago this month, the Toronto production of Stephen Schwartz’s first smash-hit “Godspell” set a local record for the longest run of a live stage musical.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 15:47

TSO – The Return of “The Hockey Sweater”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

TSO to Perform Musical Adaptation of Canadian

children’s classic story this Saturday afternoon, April 29th

Two performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Noted author Roch Carrier to Narrate

It’s been almost five years since the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presented the world premiere of the musical interpretation of Roch Carrier’s popular children’s story “The Hockey Sweater.”

Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:23

AJ BRIDEL Makes Cabaret Debut

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Award-Winning Triple Threat Performer Premieres

“Dare Me” Next Wednesday, April 19th at Jazz Bistro

Special guests include singer Danielle Wade and piano accompanist Jeannie Wyse

Final Toronto performance before leaving for Charlottetown Festival to Star in “Anne of Green Gables,” beginning June 26th

 

Soloists include Canadian Broadway star Chilina Kennedy

with Multi-Award-Winning Amabile Choirs of London, Ontario

Next Week - Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18th at 8 p.m., Wed. Matinee at 2 p.m. – Roy Thomson Hall

Straight from two years starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” acclaimed Stratford and Shaw Festival veteran Chilina Kennedy returns to sing next week

with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) as it

performs “The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein.”

Monday, 10 April 2017 16:07

Smash-Hit Soulpepper Musical Returns

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

“Spoon River’s” Pre-New York Engagement Adds

New Stars Jackie Richardson and Alana Bridgewater

to its Sensational Production

“Outstanding New Musical” – 2015 Dora Award

“Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,

The weak of will, the strong of arm,

The clown, the boozer, the fighter?

All, all are sleeping on the hill.”

-      The Hill, Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters

All-Star Festival Cast to Perform for Stratford’s 2017 Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts

Canadian Broadway Star Chilina Kennedy to Sing Songs from Toronto-bound smash hit show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’”

By Dennis Kucherawy

“The birds are singing it is Sondheim.”

-      Apologies to the Gershwins and their song “Swanee”

Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:39

Remembering Richard McMillan

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

John Van Burek, Pleiades’ Artistic Director and friend David Bednar, former manager of the CNE, reminisce about

their late friend and one of Canada’s greatest performers

By Dennis Kucherawy

“John, how will you remember Richard?”

“As an artist who possesses the perfect combination of deep spirituality and monumental talent.”

-      John Van Burek, Artistic Director, Pleiades Theatre

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:44

Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

This Friday, Feb. 24th at Toronto’s Koerner’s Hall

By Dennis Kucherawy

To paraphrase Jeremy Brown, Toronto’s late, great media maven and bon vivant, stop reading… right now!  I want you to immediately go to your phone or computer and order tickets to a concert this Friday you will never forget!

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:35

Chilina Comes Home

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Chilina Kennedy Brings Her Hit Performance as Carole King to Toronto

Canada’s Broadway Star Headlines National Tour’s Toronto stop of “Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical.”

She chats with Song & Script

By Dennis Kucherawy

In her 1959 hit song, Carole King claimed “I Didn’t Have Any Summer Romance.”

Well, Chilina Kennedy is ready to be embraced big-time this summer as many of her fans… current and about to be …

are excited, waiting for her with open arms.  After all, she left Canada as a Stratford, Shaw and Drayton Festival veteran; she is now returning as a star of the Great White Way.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:25

Tapping for Sick Kids – Fundraiser

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

World Premiere of “One Step at a Time,”

One-Man Show Featuring Internationally Acclaimed

Canadian Tap Dancer and Multi-Disciplinary

Artist Andrew Prashad

Special guests Elaine Overholt, Director Scott Hurst and Music Director Jeannie Wyse also will perform

One night only - Saturday, Feb. 18th at Randolph Theatre

By Dennis Kucherawy

Friday, 13 January 2017 16:39

Soulpepper 2017 Season

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

“The Last Wife” Launches Exciting Soulpepper 2017

Season

Includes Stratford Festival Hit Featuring Original Cast and Director

By Dennis Kucherawy

Everything old is new again at Soulpepper Theatre as it announced the first three plays of its 2017 season – two of its hits and a revival of a Stratford Festival world premiere hit play from August 2015.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 17:07

John Alcorn at Club 120

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

A Month of Saturdays from Porter to Berlin and More

By Dennis Kucherawy

“There may be trouble ahead

But while there’s moonlight and music

And love and romance

Let’s face the music and dance.”

-      Irving Berlin, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”

Good advice if you’ve been listening to the news too often lately.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:58

From Broadway to Obscurity

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

North York’s Cabaret Soirée This Weekend Features former star of B’way’s “Jersey Boys”

From Broadway to Obscurity:b-head:   What to do after

Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”

Imagine appearing nightly on Broadway before cheering, applauding and adoring audiences in a sold-out show, then leaving.  What do you do when no one is there?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:16

Happy Ho Ho Holidays Everyone!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

From All of Us at Song & Script

Today is the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year; the first day of winter.

So today, as the Crosby … (Bing not Sid) … song says, we swing on a star and head back to our Sun, soaring along on our beautiful planet, holding jars of moon beams, eagerly anticipating longer, warmer days and eventually summer and the world’s longest day.

Friday, 16 December 2016 02:09

Air Farce New Year’s Eve 2016

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

CBC’s “Air Farce New Year’s Eve 2016” Returns A Day Early – Dec. 30th

Two national icons… “Hockey Night in Canada” and “Air Farce” … slug it out for airtime this New Year’s Eve

By Dennis Kucherawy

This New Year’s Eve, Alec Baldwin shall weep.

Two performances only

Canada’s blues/jazz/gospel

great singer Jackie Richardson leads cast - New arrangements

of traditional carols by music director Mike Ross

“A soul!  A soul!  A soul cake!

Please good Missis a soul cake!” – Traditional

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Thursday, 08 December 2016 16:15

Art of Time Ensemble Presents

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Christmas with a Difference

Art of Time Ensemble Presents

“To All a Good Night 2”

featuring seasonal favorites

in new arrangements

Article written by

Dennis Kucherawy

Thursday, 08 December 2016 15:58

“Allegiance” Musical Plays Cineplex Dec. 13th

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Toronto Director's

Broadway Debut

Toronto’s Stafford Arima’s Musical Directing Debut

Stars “Miss Saigon’s” Lea Salonga and Star Trek’s George Takei

Three nights only in select theatres

By Dennis Kucherawy

Song & Script Scoop

Acclaimed Broadway and

Stratford/Shaw Festival vet,

Kaylee Harwood, debuts as

Mrs. Santa Claus in

Christmas Spectacular

Show stars renowned Radio City Rockettes

Get ready “the showplace of the nation,” “the palace for the people!” A gorgeous and talented Canadian from the Great White North has arrived to join in thrilling and entertaining New Yorkers and tourists for the holidays.

Multi-talented AJ Bridel,

Beauty herself, chats with us

Annual Panto Begins Previews this Friday, Nov. 25th

By Dennis Kucherawy

“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream.”

- from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, written by Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence (based on Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” ballet)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:28

A Louise Pitre/Kenneth Welsh Christmas

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Coal Mine Theatre Presents

its First Holiday-Themed Show

2nd Sub-headline: A Non-Traditional Christmas Concert

By Dennis Kucherawy

Twin Peaks’ Windom Earle and Gypsy’s Mama Rose will celebrate the Yuletide season next month with “A Coal Mine Christmas:  A Non-Traditional Holiday Concert and Dramatic Reading of Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas classic `A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

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