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Saturday, 07 June 2014 18:16

Tony Nominated Musicals Now in Stock

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Tony Nominated Musicals Now in Stock


“The Bridges of Madison County” and “If/Then”

The Bridges of Madison County

With this year’s Tony Awards tomorrow night, there’s still time to pick up copies of two of this year’s best score nominees.

If people placed bets on the Tonys, I’d confidently say Jason Robert Brown’s “The Bridges of Madison County” would win hands down. The problem is the show closed about three months after it opened. Previews began on January 17, 2014 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with opening night on Feb. 20th. It closed three weeks ago, on May 18th.

We’re fortunate Ghostlight Records has released this gorgeous recording so we can appreciate some of the most beautiful music of this season and Brown’s career.

“Bridges” is his adaptation of Robert James Waller’s 1992 publishing sensation of the same name. With 50 million copies sold internationally, the novel is one of the bestselling books of the 20th century. Meryl Streep received a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1996 for the romantic drama’s film adaptation that Clint Eastwood produced. He also starred in it.

Set in the 1960s in Madison County, Iowa, the story follows the romance of a married, but lonely, Italian woman who has a one-night affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington. He visits Madison County to shoot the covered bridges in the area for a photographic essay.

Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara, who portrays Francesca, is reunited with Barlett Sher, who won a Tony for the revival of “South Pacific” in which she starred as well as “The Light in the Piazza.” She appears opposite Steven Pasquale who plays Robert, the photographer. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman.

Brown, the lyricist and composer, is no stranger to Toronto. Livent produced a workshop of his first show “Songs for a New World,” directed by Hal Prince’s daughter, Daisy,. The cast included the late Laurie Beechman and Billy Porter, who now is starring on B’way as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” The cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon” is from the show and is regarded as his best known composition to date.

His score for “Bridges” is exquisite as his songs capture the essence of American folk music, some verging on country pop, and integrate them into Broadway musical tradition at its romantic finest, often stirring the soul.

Kelli O’Hara deserves her Tony nomination for Best Actress in a musical with her powerful, emotional performance ranging from the opening “To Build a Home” to the sensationally powerful “Almost Real” that is, indeed, very moving.

Baritone Steven Pasquale as Robert has a wonderful, lush, richly textured voice that complements O’Hara’s beautifully.

Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf’s performances lift Brown’s score into a haunting, ethereal realm seldom heard on Broadway.


In 2009, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s score for the groundbreaking “Next To Normal”(NTN)received a Tony for Best Musical Score. Today, they’re back with If/Then with a special card up their sleeve – their star, Idina Menzel, who sang one of the most played and performed songs of the year, “Let It Go” from the Disney film, “Frozen.” It’s Menzel’s first Broadway performance since she took the Great White Way by storm in Stephen Schwartz’s sensation, “Wicked.”

As with NTN, Kitt and Yorkey have again written a contemporary rock-pop score filled with catchy songs that serves as a star vehicle for Menzel. She plays Elizabeth, a city planner, the official synopsis explains, who returns to New York to restart her life “in this city of infinite possibilities. “When her carefully designed plans collide with fate’s whims, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. `If/Then’ follows both stories simultaneously as Elizabeth faces the intersection of her destiny, where choice and chance meet.”

Anthony Rapp, who starred with Menzel in the original company of “Rent” and LaChanze (Tony Award-winner for “The Color Purple” are just two members of the talented cast. Michael Greif, director of “Rent” also is reunited with Rapp and Menzel.

Other Tony nominees this year for Best Musical Score are “Aladdin” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” All CDs are available from Song & Script.

Dennis Kucherawy

Saturday, 07 June 2014 18:12

35th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

35th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards: “Les Misérables” and “London Road” Tie With Most Noms in Musical Theatre Division

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) this week announced 238 nominations for 222 eligible productions for the 35th anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards. A total of 48 Doras plus three special awards will be distributed in a gala ceremony on Monday, June 23rd. The categories consist of general and independent theatre, musicals, opera, dance and theatre for young audiences.

“Evita” Broadway National Tour Comes to Shea’s in Buffalo June 10th

Stratford Tony Nominee Josh Young Again Stars as Che

It was like a scene from Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.”

“`I came from the people; they need to adore me / So Christian Dior me from my head to my toes.’  What kind of a lyric is that?” kvetched lyricist Fred Ebb as he got into the taxi.  “You remembered it,” quipped his songwriting partner, composer John Kander, with a shrug.  The song?  “Rainbow High.”  The show?  “Evita.”

“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”


Original Broadway Cast CD now in stock


The soundtrack of your life. That’s the overused phrase to describe any collection of “baby boomer” rock ‘n’ roll, especially juke box musicals such as “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical.” I think it was coined when the Lawrence Kasdan's movie "The Big Chill" was released in 1983.


But the score of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” is the real deal, an original cast CD with new arrangements and orchestrations written for the stage of Carole King's songs and by others of her era.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Encore of Record-breaking West End Hit Plays Cineplex This Thursday May 22nd

“(This) may be the most entertaining family drama since the stage version of `War Horse’ galloped into international renowned several years ago.” – Ben Brantley, “The New York Times”

Without question, National Theatre Live’s broadcast of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is my favorite production screened as part of this game-changing series.

Saturday, 10 May 2014 16:59

“Cabaret” – The Sound of Berlin

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
 “Cabaret” – The Sound of Berlin
   Hint: It’s Not Kurt Weill
Critics often have compared John Kander’s music for “Cabaret” to the sound of German composer Kurt Weill. Even the Shaw Festival, in its program notes for its current production, says the original director Harold Prince … with Kander, his lyricist Fred Ebb and book writer Joe Masteroff … agreed that the sound of their adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” “had to be that of Berlin and Kurt Weill.”
“Cabaret” at Shaw:  Come Here the Music Play
Director of Peter Hinton’s innovative vision of Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret” ... now playing at the Shaw Festival
 ... shows just how timeless and open to interpretation this magnificent musical is. 

Kevin Spacey’s “Richard III” Docu Plays Cineplex This Thursday

Sub-head Kevin Spacey, star of Netflix’s smash TV hit “House of Cards,” reunites with British director Sam Mendes.

In 1999, American actor Kevin Spacey and British director Sam Mendes hit pay dirt with the latter’s first movie, “American Beauty.”  The movie received its world premiere here at TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival), then went on to become the best reviewed American film of the year, grossing more than $350 million.


Wednesday, 07 May 2014 22:58

Shaw Festival's Innovative "Cabaret"

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Shaw Festival’s Innovative “Cabaret” Opens This Saturday


Now In Previews


“Cabaret” is one of Broadway’s most performed musicals.


Toronto’s Lower Ossington Theatre presented it last February while, just two weeks ago, the Roundabout Theatre’s much celebrated “revival” of the 1998 “revival,” opened to unanimous raves. It stars Alan Cumming repeating his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee and film star Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles.


This Thursday, just eight days after William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Cineplex and National Theatre Live will present its critically and publicly acclaimed production of King Lear. 

Directed by Sam Mendes, “King Lear” is presently playing to sold-out audiences at the National Theatre until July 2nd. It’s been extended since its original May 28th closing date to accommodate ticket demand.

This Thursday, May 1st, Cineplex audiences … and movie theatre audiences internationally … will have the best seats in the house, right on stage with the actors.

Entertainers Shirley Douglas and Jackie Richardson to Be Honored For Charitable Works May12th

Shirley Douglas … our noted actor, civil rights and anti-war activist … and Jackie Richardson, one of our greatest jazz/blues soul singers and “tireless supporter of innumerable Toronto-based community organizations,” are this year’s recipients of Heart & Vision Awards. Given by the Toronto United Church Council, these awards recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to social justice initiatives in Canada and throughout the world, and also raise funds for important social causes initiated by the church.  “Council is proud of this program that permits us to say `Thank you’ to those heroes in whose lives we witness an exemplary dedication to the betterment of society,” says the Council’s press material Last year’s honorees were novelist Margaret Atwood and former Ontario premier William G. Davis.

Last month, Shirley Douglas, the daughter of Medicare founder Tommy Douglas, spoke out against threatened federal cuts to health care at “Holler 4 Health,” a protest evening featuring performances by Tony Award-winner Brent Carver many entertainers including John Alcorn, Nancy White, the comedy group “Women Fully Clothed” and Tabby Johnson.

"I am deeply concerned that the federal government led by Stephen Harper has no intention of signing a new Health Accord with the provinces," said Ms. Douglas. "While there is overwhelming support for public, universal health care, the federal government is retreating from supporting and defending this system."

"It is vitally important that we sound the alarm and get Canadians to understand and speak out against government plans before it is too late. That is why I am joining otherperformers for this Day of Action," she added.

Shirley and Jackie will receive their awards on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at an all-star concert at Metropolitan United Church.  Among the performers will be Alanna Bridgewater, Jacob MacInnis, Kim Richardson (Jackie’s daughter), Joe Sealy, and the Broadsway Trio comprised of Heather Bambrick, Diane Leah and Julie Michels.

This evening of musical celebration raises funds for the church’s important social causes.  For example, in 2009 and 2010, Regent Park’s 40 Oaks Project was a beneficiary, while in 2011 and 2012, money raised was used for capital construction and maintenance at the children’s camps which the Council partners.

Tickets are $150 for the performance and reception, or $95 for only the performance.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://heartandvision6.eventbrite.com or by phoning 905-771-5124.

Dennis Kucherawy
Saturday, 19 April 2014 14:57

A theatrical opportunity of a lifetime!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

A theatrical opportunity of a lifetime!

Tickets for exclusive Canadian performances by London Globe Theatre Performance on Sale This Wednesday

 Tickets are expected to vanish instantly when they go on sale 10 a.m. this Wednesday for the only Canadian performances of “Hamlet,” part of a world tour by the London’s acclaimed Globe Theatre this August. It’s a real deal -- $40 a ticket to see one of the world’s greatest Shakespeare companies in action.

 What better way to celebrate the 450th birth of William Shakespeare which, of course, happens this Wednesday, April 23rd?

Saturday, 19 April 2014 14:55

Here Lies Love

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Toronto’s Jeigh Madjus Returns to Off-Broadway Hit “Here Lies Love”
David Byrne-Fatboy Slim Musical Nominated for 11 Lucille Lortel Awards
Cast recording to be released this Tuesday
Jeigh Madjus, the Toronto-born, Filipino Canadian entertainer, until now has been best known as  Jacob, the flamboyant butler/maid in the touring Broadway revival of “La Cage Aux Folles” a few years ago.  Among other performances of his is in a Toronto production of Angelwalk Theatre’s production of “Altar Boyz.”  (The off-Broadway world premiere production of that musical was directed by another Toronto-born talent, York University grad - Stafford Arima.)
Monday, 14 April 2014 18:36

2014 Olivier Awards

Written by Dennis Kucherawy


"The Book of Mormon” Sweeps Musical Categories at 2014 Olivier Awards 

 Rory Kinnear Named Best Actor for National Theatre’s “Othello” 

“The Book of Mormon’s,” the religious satire written by the creators of the boundaries pushing cartoon “South Park” and the composer of the Oscar-winning Best Song “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” dominated the musical categories at tonight’s 38th annual Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House.

Micah Barnes’ Sunday Kind of Love

At The Jazz Bistro This Weekend

The Jazz Bistro This Weekend

“Come take my hand and let’s stroll through the park
Far from the noise and the crowd
Here by the fountain we can dream, we can drift
Our New York story, starts with a kiss.”

New York Story,Micah Barnes

Shaw Festival Record-Breaker Gets Intimate in “Elegies”

As Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in “Ragtime” in 2012 and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in “Guys and Dolls” in 2013, Thom Allison gave Shaw Festival audiences a bad case of the goose bumps.
“The great new leading man of Canadian musical theatre.” – Toronto Star
Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:53

“Elegies: A Song Cycle”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy


“Elegies: A Song Cycle” - Go!

Without question, William Finn’s “Elegies: A Song Cycle” is the best Toronto musical theatre production I’ve seen this year, in many years for that matter.


The final production of Acting Up Stage Company’s 10th anniversary season, it opened this Tuesday after four days of previews at revivified Regent Park’s Daniels Spectrum in the intimate Aki Studio Theatre.


“Reimagined revival reunites original cast: Uplifting, moving, touching and surprisingly funny… Theatrical magic!”


“Elegies” has been called a “stunning masterwork” and I can see why, especially in the hands of these five masterful singer/actors.


I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen a Toronto cast and creative team this gifted present such an uplifting, moving, touching and surprisingly funny evening. It’s more than entertainment. It’s theatrical magic!


For example, at one moment Thom Allison steps forward alone, stands next to accompanist John Hughes’ grand piano and sings one of the show’s most ephemerally beautiful songs, “Venice.”


Thom sings the verses in a conversational style as he tells the story of his lover, Arthur, and Arthur’s former lover, a Pole named Bolek who, they learn, is “sick.” He sings, at times comically, reminiscing about their everyday friendship and how they try to stop the difficult Bolek’s outrageous behavior.


After each verse recounting Bolek’s deteriorating health, Allison’s angelic voice soars gloriously in the lyrical chorus, evoking a dream of heaven on earth where sadness, disease and death do not exist:


“My friends, I’m taking you to Venice.
Because in Venice everyday life`s a work of art
And must be seen first-hand.
Breathe deep, our destination’s Venice.
Beauty and pleasure is all we can hope to understand.”


“Spell-binding… A sublime, sensational moment rarely experienced in theatre”


When Thom gently finished the last note the night of the first preview, no one applauded. The spell he had cast, the serene vision he had created, the power and magic were so all-encompassing, everyone was too absorbed and reluctant to break it. They were enraptured, breathless. It’s a sublime, sensational moment rarely experienced in theatre.


“Dora-nominated 2007 production sold-out”

That’s just one example of the many treasures Allison and his cast mates -- Barbara Barsky, Steven Gallagher and Eliza-Jane Scott -- present. They first performed “Elegies” in a much-loved, sold-out 2007 production that earned Dora nominations for “Outstanding Performances in a Musical by a Male and Female in a Musical” for Thom and Eliza-Jane.

Now, in celebration of its 10th anniversary season, Acting Up Stage Company has reunited them in this “reimagined” revival with newcomer Joel Gomez who replaces Michael Strathmore. Director Lezlie Wade and musical director Wayne Gwillim also return. They are joined by an entirely new design team of Robin Fisher (Set and Costume Design) and Siobhán Sleath (Lighting.) Once again, the show is produced by Mitchell Marcus, the company’s artistic director. 

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn was inspired, and yes, motivated, to write “Elegies” by the terrorist attack on NYC’s World Trade Centre on September 11th, 2001 in honor of the victims of 9/11, and his own family and friends, some fictional, who had perished. Several of them died of AIDS.


“Elegies” premiered in Lincoln Center’s Newhouse Theatre on March 9th, 2003, only two years after the terror of that fateful day. New Yorkers were still devastated by their losses. Like the horrific photo of the “Falling Man,” the censored Associated Press photo of a man falling headfirst from the north tower, many of these survivors were still tumbling through their own emotions, seeking succor from their grief, with nothing but memories of their loved ones to soften their continuous, overwrought fall.


“Infinite Joy sung beautifully by the marvelous Barbara Barsky”


For some of them, “Elegies” was a balm they were seeking, a public mourning to ease their unspeakable pain, reminding them of, as one of the show’s most cathartic, wondrous ballads does, of life’s “Infinite Joys.” It is sung in this production beautifully by the marvelous Barbara Barsky.


(That production was directed by Graciela Daniele, known to Toronto theatergoers as the choreographer of “Ragtime.” Betty Buckley starred.)


Now, it’s been 13 years since 9/11 and memory is fading with time. Many people who will attend this show were too young to remember it or its stunning, life-changing aftermath. Some were not even born, so its resonance may not be as deep and immediate.


The show’s medley of two songs “Goodbye/Boom Boom,” sung very tenderly by Steven Gallagher and Eliza-Jane, subtly depicts how a couple deal with the seconds they have left after the planes hit the towers. Less is more. By doing so, Finn echoes the pain and love of all the victims and survivors.


The same is true about the rampages of the AIDS epidemic that “Elegies” also addresses. It’s been 23 years since the illness was first identified. A character comments about it in Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s drama “Mothers and Sons” that just opened this week on Broadway. “First it was a chapter in a history book, then a paragraph, then a footnote. It’s already started to happen. I can feel it happening. All the raw edges of pain -- dulled, deadened and drained away.”


Yet loss still resonates as expressed in “Mark’s All-Male Thanksgiving,” performed by Thom Allison. It starts out as a happy, celebratory song in which Allison tells us about Mark Thalen , the host, a friend of Finn’s who was an advocate for the disadvantaged and an activist for gay rights.


One of the guests, another friend of Finn’s, is an aspiring filmmaker named Bill Sherwood, who died in NYC in 1990. His only success was 1986’s “Parting Glances” which introduced the actor Steve Buscemi. It was one of his best roles. The movie, a cult classic today, was one of the first to depict gay relationships and AIDS.


“Joe Papp and Quentin Crisp Among Characters Who Appear”


Other famous people show up in songs including the great producer Joseph Papp and the flamboyant raconteur, Quentin Crisp. Even the word “perogies” makes an appearance, the first time in this Ukrainian-Canadian’s memory it has ever appeared in a musical.


“Characters are real, not musical theatre stereotypes. It’s like musically leafing through William Finn’s scrapbook”


Simply,“Elegies” is not morbid. Importantly, its strength is that most of these people are and were real and are not musical theatre stereotypes. The show is billed as a song cycle, but it’s really like leafing through William Finn’s scrapbook or photo album … musically. Every one of the 18 songs in this 90-minute show tells a story answering the question “Who’s that? What were he/she like?” as Finn pays tribute to their lives of his family and the family he chose, his friends. Yes, some phrases and sections in the songs are threnodies and others are laments, but they don’t bring you down and keep you down.


“Elegies’” zeitgeist, its vibe, reminds me of Roger Angell’s great essay in a recent New Yorker in which he recalls his dead wife: “Carol is around still, but less reliably. For almost a year, I would wake up from another late afternoon mini-nap in the same living room chair, and, in the instant before clarity, would sense her sitting in her own chair, just opposite. Not a ghost but a presence, alive as before and in the same instant gone again. This happened often, and I almost came to count on it, knowing that it wouldn’t last. Then it stopped.”


“Discovering and unveiling the extraordinary within the ordinary…”


As director Alain Resnais (“Hiroshima mon amour”) often did in his films, William Finn weaves and explores the relationship between memory, everyday consciousness and the imagination, discovering and unveiling the extraordinary within the ordinary. Finn’s words, as in the words of poet T.S.Eliot, mix “memory and desire” while “stirring dull roots with spring rain.”


“The more specific the story, the more universal it becomes.”


The more specific the story is, the more universal it becomes says the adage. Again, it is true as these songs evoke memories of people in our own lives.


For example, the character Bolek referred to in “Venice” was Bolek Greczynski, an art therapist and creator of the Living Museum at Creedmoor. Monica Andres was William Finn’s friend. He wrote the heartbreaking, hopeful ballad “Anytime” for her funeral/memorial service. Eliza-Jane Scott sings this song of remembrance in this production, a meditation of how our departed loved ones still remain with us:


“And I am there in flowers
I am there in snow
I don’t know why this thing happened
But this much is clear

“Any time you cry
Any time you sing
For anything
I’ll be there
Each morning
I’ll be there each fall
I don’t why this thing happened
But this much is clear

Be aware
I am there”


This became the show’s first song; all of “Elegies’ ” remaining songs emanated from it. “Anytime” is set up by the song “Monica & Mark” (sung by Thom, Steve and Joel) which has its own touching story that makes you care about these people and gives us a glimpse of Finn’s compassion:


“I’ll write a new song and I’ll play it
Told from her point of view.
Maybe a mother singing to her daughters.”


“My Dogs,” sung by Joel Gomez, is a fun bit of hilarious, ironic irreverence while his rendition of “When the Earth Stopped Turning,” a memory of the day the composer’s mother, Barbara Finn, died is touching and powerfully moving.


“A celebration of the human spirit itself!”


And yes, though “Elegies” does have its moments of sadness. They likely will make people cry as Finn’s memories evoke memories of their own loved ones. But it’s really a celebration of people, love and friendship … of the human spirit itself.

What a great show to revive once again for World Pride this summer when the world is our guest!

Selections from Elegies: A Song Cycle (Piano/Vocal/Chords) is available for order from Song & Script. The original cast album CD that was released by Fynsworth Alley and distributed through Varèse Sarabande is out of print. Contact us if you would like to order it and we will search a copy for you.

BONUS: Click on this link to read about William Finn’s praise of Acting Up Stage Company’s production of “Falsettos” last year:


Ticket Info:


“Elegies: A Song Cycle” runs until April 13th.


$30-$50, students and arts workers $10 off.


Order by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at 222.actingupstage.com.


Dennis Kucherawy

“Once,” Winner of Eight Tony Awards, Opens in Buffalo at Shea’s This Tuesday For Week-Long Engagement

If you missed “Once” in Toronto last December, or just want to see it again, you’re in luck.  The winner on Broadway of six Best Musical awards including the Tony,  will play Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo beginning this Tuesday, March 25th.

Sunday, 23 March 2014 14:18

Shea’s Broadway Series Opens 15th Season

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

“Motown: The Musical,” “Kinky Boots” and “The Book of Mormon” Highlight Buffalo’s Shea’s Theatre 2014-15 Broadway Series

Engagement of New Production of “The Phantom of the Opera” To Celebrate Musical’s 25th Anniversary

A season featuring multiple Tony Award-winning musicals that are still attracting sold-out audiences on Broadway highlight Shea’s Performing Arts Centre 2014-15 season in Buffalo.

Saturday, 22 March 2014 13:39

Elton John Spectacular Comes To Cineplex

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Las Vegas’ Elton John Spectacular Comes To Cineplex Theatres This Wednesday, March 26th 
Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano Coincides With Release of 40thAnniversary Edition of Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road.
“Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and the number that started it all, “Your Song” are just a few rock ‘n’ roll classics featured in Elton John:  The Million Dollar Piano that plays Cineplex Theatres this coming Wednesday, March 26th.
Touring Cast “Rises Up Singing” as Buffalo Mayor Proclaims “Porgy and Bess / Suzan-Lori Parks Day”
Tony Award-Winning Best Broadway Revival Reimagines American Classic for the 21st Century
Performances now through Sunday
From the pre-show ceremony to the thundering standing ovation, the opening night of the Buffalo engagement of the touring production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” was a wonderful, rapturous evening of romantic theatre.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:25

Musical Tribute to Colm Wilkinson

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Musical Tribute to Colm Wilkinson to Raise Money for Ryerson Theatre School Scholarship in his Name
Tony nominee Josh Young and Chilina Kennedy, both Stars of Stratford Festival’s 2010 production of “Evita,” Among Performers Who Will Participate
Date: Sunday, May 11th at Koerner Hall
On October 20th, 2012,Toronto’s Ryerson University conferred on Colm Wilkinson an Honory Doctorate, its highest, a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
Music from “Arrabal,” Hottest Ticket in Town
“Arrabal, the torrid “Tango Rock Opera” sensation now thrilling audiences at the Panasonic Theatre, is without question, the break-out hit of the current season.  It’s attracting people who usually never go to the theatre.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 16:23

Porgy and Bess Plays Shea’s Buffalo

Written by Dane Taylor
2012 Tony Award Winner: Best Musical Revival, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” Plays Buffalo’s Shea’s Performing Arts Centre Beginning This Tuesday
Exclusive Area Engagement
The weather outside may be frightful.  But starting Tuesday evening at Buffalo’s Shea’s Performing Arts Centre ... for eight performances ... it will be summertime.  And indeed, the living will be easy. 
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:39

Happy Birthday To Our Friend Dennis Kucherawy

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Talk Sixty to Me
Today is a very special and exciting day.  And I’m sharing it with you, dear reader, because there is no one else with whom I'd rather celebrate it.  It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Most of us often are asked“What are you giving up for Lent?”  One of my friends said she is giving up the church.  Me?  I’m giving up calendars.
You see, today is also my 60thbirthday.  From now on, I won’t be 60… 62… 65…. I’ll be sixtyish.  “Your birthday?  On Ash Wednesday? 
Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:24

The 2014 Original Scores Oscar Forgot

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

The 2014 Original Scores

Oscar Forgot

“12 Years a Slave” Among Best Soundtracks Not Nominated

For Oscars

This is a curious year for the Original Score category in this year’s Oscars being awarded this coming Sunday night, March 2nd. Some of the best recordings has been overlooked. Here are two of them.

Live from New London Theatre in West End
National Theatre’s “War Horse” - International Stage Sensation Gallops onto Cineplex Screens across Canada This Week
“One horse has seen the best and the worst of humanity.  The power of war and the beauty of peace.  This is his story.”
Seven years since it first exploded onto the Olivier Stage at London’s National Theatre,“War Horse” arrives at Cineplex Theatres across Canada this Thursday (Feb. 27th) in a live broadcast from the West End’s New London Theatre.
Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little” Opens In Two Weeks at Tarragon Theatre, Previews begin Feb. 26th
Two-character revue includes songs cut from previous shows

New Original Cast Recording on Ghostlight Records from SONY Music available at Song & Script


“Were this “Gypsy” not part of a subscription series it could easily run for years…
“Louise Pitre is `astonishing!’ – Chicago Sun-Times
“Pitre’s performance fueled by a formidable force of will and phenomenal technique”
– Chicago Tribune
Unanimous Rave Reviews celebrate Chicago opening of “Gypsy”
Saturday, 08 February 2014 17:16

Arrabal: A Sexy, Scintillating Sensation

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Arrabal: A Sexy, Scintillating Sensation

A Passionate Dance/Theatre Celebration of Love, Life and Freedom in the Face of Tyranny

“Tango Rock Opera” Now in Previews At Panasonic Theatre, World Premiere This Thurs., Feb. 13th

“Arrabal” is a triumph!

I can’t remember the last time I was this riveted in a theatre for 90 minutes uninterrupted.

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