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Saturday, 18 July 2015 15:42

Panamania’s The Postman – A Classic

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

David Ferry’s current, sold-out world premiere production of The Postman is an extraordinary phenomenon. It is arguably the hit of Panamania’s 35-day arts and culture festival with long lists of eager ticket buyers.  Surely, depending on the cast’s availability, it will outlive the PanAm Games by either being extended or remounted later this year.  No announcement has yet been made.

Without question, “The Postman” is the runaway hit of the PanAm Games.  It’s thrilling, powerfully emotional, and, at times sad and disturbing, but ultimately joyful and uplifting.

“The Postman” is not just a politically correct, feel-good romp celebrating Toronto the Good.  The script does not shy away from blunt, racist confrontation.  The gritty language and the resulting gravitas may upset some.

Moreover, “The Postman reminds us once again what a potent theatrical force its conceiver and director David Ferry is.  Indeed, this thespian shaman is a national treasure.  He is an original; I can’t think of anyone who comes close to his talent and accomplishments.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:32

Babelmania

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

A Fun Glossary for the 2015 Toronto PanAm/Parapan Games

By Dennis Kucherawy

With French translator Asher McKenzie and Spanish translator Stephan Dyer

Last Sunday, my wife and I were driving on Front St. E. to do some grocery shopping in our trusty 1998 Honda Civic with its roaring engine:  “A-ringy-dingy-dingy!”

On the way, I lost count of the number of pot-holes we hit, rattling our bones.  It made me think how many gold medals would it take to fill them up?

Friday, 10 July 2015 14:16

WELCOME TO TORONTO

Written by Dane Taylor

WELCOME  to all of our friends, athletes, and visitors to the Pan Am games. We have been looking forward to hosting the 2015 Pan Am games.  Toronto is a beautiful city with great people and lots to experience.  We hope that your stay becomes a wonderful memory that you take with you through life.  Song & Script is Toronto's Broadway Music Store in the heart of the city at Yonge and Bloor. Come visit.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:26

Ola! Sergio comes home!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Ola! Sergio comes home

Mayor Tory and Doras salute Sergio Trujillo

By Elaine O’Neal and Dennis Kucherawy

On June 22nd, only five days after the world premiere of his latest musical project at Chicago’s atmospheric Oriental Theatre, Toronto raised and trained Sergio Trujillo returned home as a VIP presenter at the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

At the ceremony, Mr. Trujillo , an honorary patron of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, was presented with a congratulatory scroll from Mayor John Tory's office by Councilor Gary Crawford (Ward 36-Scarborough Southwest), acknowledging Mr. Trujillo's accomplishments in the arts.

Sunday, 05 July 2015 21:55

Panamania’s “The Postman” Delivers

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Panamania’s “The Postman” Delivers
 BRIGHT LIGHTS: Karen Kucherawy (l) with long-time friend David Ferry, award-winning director of Panamania’s highly anticipated site specific play, THE POSTMAN. Photo by Dennis Kucherawy.
David Ferry, one of Canada’s greatest, multi Dora Award-winning theatre and movie talents, was among the hundreds of celebrants who attended the recent lighting of the Queen Street bridge, part of the 2015 PanGames’preparatory celebrations.
“Does That Mean I Can Do Anything?” – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
 “The only way you can predict the future, is to build it.” – Alan Kay, American computer scientist
(Courtesy of songandscript.ca)
Canadians are proud we live in a multicultural society, from Tuktoyaktuk to Toronto, from Come-by-Chance, Newfoundland to Corktown.
Regardless of differences in our race, class and culture, language and gender, ability and our physical and cognitive challenges, we continue to thrive in a country we like to think is admired internationally.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:17

HAPPY CANADA DAY

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
We stand on guard for thee, I’m sorry!
Canada–Some Laughs and Poignant Insights About the Greatest Country in the World
I don't trust any country that looks around a continent and says, "Hey, I'll take the frozen part."
- Jon Stewart 
Happy Canada Day to all our Song & Script friends:
Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:49

“Un-BRIDEL-ed” Joy!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Kinky Boots Review By Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Exclusive

Can you remember what it feels like... the absolute fun and joy … to bust a gut laughing in a packed house of almost 1,700 people to the point where you can’t breathe?

Well, that’s been the case at the Royal Alexandra Theatre since previews of Mirvish Productions’ “Kinky Boots” began June 16th, where A.J. Bridel, the multi-gifted 21-year-old triple threat performer, has  had the audience in stitches.

Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:59

LOVE AND COMPASSION

Written by Dane Taylor

Happy Pride to all our friends and family.  This year Pride is especially significant for our American brothers and sisters. You have come a long way from Stonewall to the Supreme Court decision on Friday. Now if we could all band together as humans sharing one planet and work to solve hate, bigotry, racism, war, violence and poverty, what a wonderful world this would be. I know I ask too much, but a dreamer can dream.               Be safe and enjoy.                   Dane Taylor

Sunday, 21 June 2015 23:43

On Father's Day

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Happy Belated Father's Day, Dear Reader.

Especially to those of you who still have your fathers.  My wife Karen and I were very young when we lost ours.  She was 15 when Ernest Joseph Scheiblauer passed away.  I was only seven when Dennis Anthony Kucherawy died. Yes, the loss and pain are still with us and we both wonder what might have been, especially how very proud our fathers would have been of Karen as she graduates from her homeopathic studies this Thursday.
So, as the sun beams down on this beautiful morning, the day after the summer solstice, the gorgeous first day of summer, the longest day of the year, we want to say:
Monday, 15 June 2015 17:19

Who’s wearing the Kinky Boots?

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Song & Script blog
By Dennis Kucherawy
Who’s wearing the Kinky Boots?
Anybody know who’s starring in “Kink Boots”?  You’d wouldn't from Mirvish Productions’ (MP) ineffectual marketing and publicity.
It’s not surprising as the folks there just don’t promote cast members.  Can anybody name anyone in the all- … whoopee… Canadian cast of “War Horse”?  Who remembers Elicia MacKenzie starred as Maria in MP’s production of “The Sound of Music?”
Saturday, 06 June 2015 20:12

“Oooh, la Chita!”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Original cast album for Kander and Ebb’s “The Visit”slated for June 26th release
Stars two-time Tony Winner and 2015 nominee Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera at 82 to compete with favored Kristin Chenoweth of “On The 20thCentury” for Best Actress Sunday night at 2015 Tony Awards
“Oooh, la Chita!”
That’s what Carlos Puig, Argentine artist and brother of the late novelist Manuel Puig, uttered after meeting Broadway legend Chita Rivera at Yorkville’s Prego Restaurant in the summer of ’92.
Thursday, 04 June 2015 21:44

Sergio Trujillo Returns to Toronto

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
2015 Olivier Award-Winning
Sergio Trujillo Returns to Toronto as
Dora Awards VIP Guest Presenter
Choreographer of Broadway-bound Gloria Estefan musical, “On Your Feet!” now previewing at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Song and Script Exclusive:
“Conga” Line Forms to the Right!
Following his triumph in London, England as winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Toronto-raised and trained Sergio Trujillo returns here on Monday, June 22nd as a VIP Guest Presenter at the glittering 36thannual Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:37

JOSH GROBAN: STAGES

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Now available at Song & Script

Just released

New Josh Groban CD "Stages:

Songs from the World's Greatest Musicals"

Features guests Audra McDonald, Kelly Clarkson and trumpeter Chris Botti

Pick up this CD and hit Track 12 on your player to hear Audra McDonald's and Josh Groban's glorious rendition of "If I Loved You" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Carousel."

Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:18

Brent Carver In Concert

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Preview

Brent Carver in concert with The Art of Time Ensemble

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Friday and Saturday, May 22nd-23rd, 8 p.m.

Unquestionably, British Columbia-born Brent Carver is one of the world's greatest actors and musical theatre stars. Renowned for his remarkable versatility, the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway and London's West End is also one of our most beloved entertainers.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 18:01

Sergio Trujillo Wins Olivier Award

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Congratulates Olivier Award-winning Sergio Trujillo

Former Toronto Choreographer Sergio Trujillo

Awarded 2015 Olivier for Best Theatre Choreography

For "Memphis – The Musical"

Began jazz dance studies with noted

Toronto teacher George Randolph.

Sergio Trujillo, a former Torontonian who began his dance training here, triumphed in London, England earlier this month on Sunday,  April 12th, winning the 2015 Olivier Award in the Best Theatre Choreography category for "Memphis-The Musical."

Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:58

"Kinky Scoops" – Song & Script

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

"Kinky Scoops" – Song & Script

Mirvish Productions Confirms Casting of Lead Roles in "Kinky Boots" As Song & Script First Reported Exclusively Earlier This Week

As reported in a Song & Script exclusive Monday, American actor Alan Mingo, Jr. has indeed been cast as drag queen Lola in Mirvish Productions' previously hyped "all Canadian" production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 08:10

KINKY BOOT CASTING EXCLUSIVE

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Another Song and Script

Kinky Boots Toronto Casting Exclusive

Canadian Sweetheart A.J. Bridel

of CBC-TV's "Over the Rainbow"

To Star as Lauren in Toronto Canadian Premiere

Production of Tony Award-winning

Sensation "Kinky Boots"

Numerous reports claim Drayton Entertainment's darling A.J. Bridel will portray Lauren in the Canadian premiere production of "Kinky Boots" opening June 16th at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 18:46

KINKY WINGS?

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

 U.S. National Tour of Broadway Smash KINKY BOOTS Opens at Buffalo's Shea's Theatre this Tuesday for Week-Long Run

OK, we know Buffalo likes its Kinky (chicken) Wings hot, but how about its Kinky Boots?

We'll know tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st when they stride into Buffalo's Shea's Performing Arts Centre for a week long engagement, ending Sunday, April 26th.  That's two-months before the show's Canadian premiere in Toronto this June.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 18:38

ALAN MINGO JR TO STAR IN KINKY BOOTS

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Exclusive

Kinky Boots – Toronto

American Alan Mingo, Jr. To Star in

Mirvish "all-Canadian" Production

of Tony Award-winning "Kinky Boots"

Despite much-hyped plans to present an all-Canadian cast in the Canadian premiere of the hit Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" Mirvish Productions have failed to find a homegrown performer to play the show's leading character – Lola, the Drag Queen.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:16

Chilina Kennedy Canada's Musical Sweetheart

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Canada's Musical Sweetheart

Chilina Kennedy Chats about Starring in Broadway's hot show "Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical"

By Dennis Kucherawy

"You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" is Chilina Kennedy's long-time favorite Carole King song.  It's serendipitous she got to sing it on Broadway at last Sunday's matinee, because it also just happened to be   International Women's Day (IWD).   One of Canada's greatest musical theatre talents, making her starring debut on the Great White Way, portraying one of pop music's legendary singer-songwriters.  How great was that?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:59

"A Woman Is a Secret"

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

 New Short Plays by Academy Award/Pulitzer Prize-Wing John Patrick Shanley Receives World Premiere This Week in Toronto

 "A Woman Is a Secret" begins performances this Thursday, March 19th

 Toronto engagement includes Master Screen/Playwriting Class with Shanley

By Dennis Kucherawy

"A Woman is a Secret," a new play written by Academy Award/Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley, receives its world premiere this Thursday, March 19th at the Theatre Centre.  It runs until April 5th, 2015.  A gala performance with Shanley in attendance will follow on Saturday, March 21st and a Masterclass with him will be held the next day, Sunday, March 22nd, following the 2 p.m. matinee.  Ticket to the matinée includes access to the Masterclass.

Hugh's Room Salutes The Music of Burt Bacharach This Saturday Night

By Dennis Kucherawy

Walking into Toronto's Hugh's Room this past week was like entering a time machine and journeying back to the 1960s-70s.  Last Sunday, the main act was the incomparable Jimmy Webb, one of the era's greatest songwriters who penned such pop classics as "Up, Up and Away," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," MacArthur Park" and many more.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:36

THE NINA PROJECT - SOULPEPPER THEATRE

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

The Nina Project – Soulpepper Theatre (returning to Toronto beginning April 3rd)

Report/Ottawa preview

By Dennis Kucherawy

Nina Simone's Music a Heat wave in the Midst of a Deep Freeze

A roaring standing ovation from a sold-out audience greeted "The Nina Project's" world premiere performance last Monday at Toronto's acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 14:56

Motown the Musical Comes to Shea's Buffalo

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Motown the Musical Comes to Buffalo's Shea's Performing Arts Centre This Week

The First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (MTM)  , Broadway's hit jukebox musical celebrating the life of Berry Gordy, Junior and the legendary record label he founded, arrives in Buffalo this Tuesday night, Jan. 20th at Shea's Performing Arts Centre for a one-week stand, ending Saturday, Jan. 25th.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:35

COACHING MERYL

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

David Krane – Coaching Meryl Streep

INTO THE WOODS

Hey, old friend
Are you okay, old friend?
What do you say, old friend
Are we or are we unique? – Stephen Sondheim

 

For David Krane, veteran Broadway, TV and film composer/arranger (and friend of Song & Script), that lyric could express what working on Disney’s Yuletide blockbuster “Into the Woods” is like.

 

More than a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved stage classic, it is also a reunion of old friends from director Rob Marshall to legendary Meryl Streep.  She heads an all-star cast as the Witch.  Actually, it seems Streep was destined to play the role.  Bernadette Peters created it in the Broadway premiere.  As Sondheim, a genius at puzzles, pointed out, the names of Peters and Streep are anagrams of each other.

Monday, 15 December 2014 17:23

INTO THE WOODS: THE SOUNDTRACK

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Into the Woods CD/Original Soundtrack

Review by Dennis Kucherawy for Song & Script

Christmas comes early this year with the release this Monday, Dec. 15th of Disney's "Into the Woods," the movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved fairytale musical.

Opening Christmas Day, director Rob Marshall's gorgeous film is destined to take its place among the best musical adaptations in film history including "West Side Story," directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Marshall's excellent, imaginative integration of story and music and sheer entertainment value undoubtedly will make it a classic in years to come.

Friday, 21 November 2014 19:43

Rita Carrey CD Review

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

CD review – Around Each Christmas Tree

By Dennis Kucherawy - Song and Script

If your family name is Carrey, last week was a good one. Superstar Jim Carrey’s comedy “Dumb and Dumber To” ruled the box office, ranking in $38.1 million on its opening weekend. It was his biggest hit in 11 years since “Bruce Almighty” in 2003. Meanwhile, Big Sister Rita Carrey launched her new, and first, CD, a collection of Yuletide classics “Around Each Christmas Tree.”

I Wish!
David Krane, Disney’s INTO THE WOODS Film Music Arranger … and friend of Song & Script … Drops By To Surprise Toronto’s Randolph Academy Students After Friday Night’s Performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Classic Musical
Ask any cast member of Randolph Academy’s current production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” if they are looking forward to Disney’s movie adaptation of the beloved classic musical, and they’ll like respond with an enthusiastic “Yes.” Then, they’ll tell you how they are scanning Facebook and Twitter to learn any news they can find.
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