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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:32

Soulpepper Marching in Pride Parade

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Soulpepper’s Upcoming “Angels in America” Artists and Company Members to March in this Sunday’s PRIDE Toronto Parade

Nearly 100 People from the Theatre Will Walk in Addition to Stilt Walkers, Dancers and a Brass Band

Tony Kushner’s Much Anticipated Modern Classic Begins Performances July 19th

“Don’t be afraid; people are so afraid; don’t be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, alone… Learn at least this: What you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.”
- Tony Kushner, “Angels in America,” Part One, Millennium Approaches

Stratford Confirms Festival Veteran Brian Bedford Withdraws from “The Merchant of Venice”

Administration Is Confident Ticket Sales Will Not Drop

As reported in a Song & Script exclusive yesterday, Brian Bedford has withdrawn from “The Merchant of Venice” due to ill health, the Stratford Festival has confirmed.

In a press release issued a few hours after our exclusive report was posted, the Festival said Bedford is suffering from an undisclosed “medical condition which, though treatable, requires immediate attention.”

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 15:36

“Hath Not a Jew… Tradition?”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
“Hath Not a Jew… Tradition?”

Stratford Festival’s Tevye Reported to Be Taking Over Role of Shakespeare’s Shylock from Ailing Fest Stalwart Brian Bedford


Scott Wentworth, currently playing the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” to adoring crowds, is reported to be taking on the role of Shylock in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” opening August 15th at the Festival Theatre. Previews begin July 30th. The show will be presented at the Festival Theatre.

Saturday, 22 June 2013 15:27

MCC Celebrates Pride Toronto

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
“Killer Queen” from “We Will Rock You” Joins Dorothy and the Scarecrow to Celebrate Pride with MCC Toronto Choir Canada Day Weekend - Sunday, June 30th

Special Guest Artists Alana Bridgewater and Stars of “The Wizard of Oz” to Celebrate “Church on Church Street” with Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes

 

Thursday, 20 June 2013 16:10

A Giant Step In Cancer Research

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

One Step More…

Exciting and Important Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment:

New Drug Inhibiting Cancer Growth Announced at

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

“Some people want it to happen. Some wish it to happen. Others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

When it comes to cancer researchers, Dr. Tak Mak and his team are all-stars.

Thursday, 20 June 2013 15:57

Update: Dora Award Presenters

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Star of Summer’s Smash Hit Musical Among Dora VIP Award Presenters

Thom Allison of Shaw Festival’s “Guys and Dolls” joined by Louise Pitre and other luminaries

Two of Canada’s greatest musical theatre stars will be among the presenters at the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards next Monday, June 24th.

This could be the start of something big…

Debut of New Stephen Schwartz Cabaret This Week at Jazz Bistro

Brainchild of international hit “Mickey and Judy” creator Michael Hughes

Toronto’s Jazz Bistro Presents A Month of Sundays with the Micah Barnes Trio

Unlike Toronto, no one needs to call the Micah Barnes Trio world-class. They just are…like New York, London, Paris, Rome and Tokyo.

In the immortal words of the great Etta James, his Father’s Day cabaret today at the elegant Jazz Bistro was a “Sunday Kind of Love.”

Friday, 14 June 2013 16:13

Long live, Queen Helen!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Exclusive: We take you to the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s special VIP reception/National Theatre Live screening of “The Audience”

Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” has assumed the mantle again onstage in London’s West End record-breaking hit “The Audience.”

Friday, 14 June 2013 16:02

2013 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Bruce Dow, Maev Beaty, Sterling Jarvis and David Ferry Among Top Noms at 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Awards


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Leads General Theatre Division with 15

Ceremony to be held Monday, June 24th

What a Deal!  Song & Script Takes You Aboard “Stratford Direct,” the Festival’s New Direct Toronto and Return Bus Service

“A ride! A ride! My kingdom for a ride!

So you live in Toronto and want to catch one show or more at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Maybe have a sumptuous meal? Or a picnic among the swans on Tom Patterson Island on the Avon River. What’s been stopping you? No car? Gas too expensive? Traffic a hassle? VIA Rail too costly and too unreliable? No bus service?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:13

“Matilda the Musical" London OCR Review

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song & Script Original London Cast Recording Review:

“Matilda the Musical"

Musical Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 Children’s Classic

The folks who brought you “Les Misérables,” the Royal Shakespeare Company, are back with the current Broadway/West End hit “Matilda.”

Song & Script Original Broadway Cast Recording Review:

“Kinky Boots”: Top 2013 Tony Nominee with 13 Nods,
Cyndi Lauper Rock ‘N’ Roll Score Filled With Fun and Energy

Tonight (Sunday) at the Tony Awards, Cyndi Lauper could make history.  If our “girl who just wants to have fun” takes the Tony for Best Original Score (“music and lyrics”), she will be the first woman in history…working without a musical collaborator…to have that well-deserved distinction.

 

Saturday, 08 June 2013 14:10

WEST END HIT PLAYS CINEPLEX

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
West End Hit “The Audience” Plays Cineplex Theatres This Thursday, June 13th

Helen Mirren earns 2013 Best Actress Olivier Award by recreating her 2006 Academy-Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday, 26 May 2013 15:51

Rita Moreno: A New Memoir

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Rita Moreno (“Anita”) recalls

“West Side Story” film in new memoir

 

TSO accompanies screening of re-mastered film this week at Roy Thomson Hall

Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:52

John Malkovich Returns to Toronto

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

John Malkovich Returns to Toronto

Emmy Award-winning actor to star as Casanova in “The Giacomo Variations”

At Elgin Theatre in June

Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:15

Grizabella Then and Now

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Grizabella Then and Now

Ma-Anne Dionisio, Star of Upcoming All-Canadian “Cats”Meets Betty Buckley, Tony Award-winning Star of Original Broadway Cast

 

The inevitable happened at Betty Buckley’s concert at Richmond Hill’s Performing Arts Centre this week. Following a program of songs from her most recent CD “Ah, Men! – The Boys of Broadway,” she thrillingly and dramatically sang, as her encore, her signature number, “Memory.”

Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:13

Selling “Kitty Glitter”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Selling “Kitty Glitter”

How UK advertising agency Dewynters sold Cats to the world.

When Cats had its world premiere in 1981 at the West End’s New London Theatre, not only was it the birth of the first mega-musical, but also the launch of an innovative marketing strategy.

William Finn “Astounded” by Toronto Falsettos

Composer/Lyricist of Pioneering Musical Said Direction was “Finest in 10 years”

 

It’s not every day that the creator of a Tony Award-winning musical, especially one that’s widely considered to be ground-breaking, sees a Toronto production of his work and then showers it with praise.

Sunday, 05 May 2013 15:09

'Guys and Dolls' at Shaw

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Shaw Festival’s Guys and Dolls Premieres Next Saturday Night

It’s “a probable twelve to seven” Guys and Dolls will be the hit of the summer!

I love Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

 

So the song goes from one of Broadway’s most popular, successful and fun-filled musicals ever produced.  I’ve loved it ever since I first saw it in Grade 11.  And I’ve got company. Many consider it to be the best American musical ever written.  It’s certainly entertaining, a terrific afternoon/night at the theatre.  And I’m not saying that just because Big Julie told me to.

Betty Buckley… Theatre, Film and TV Great…Comes To Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre

This Thursday, May 9th

 

“Cats,” “Pippin,” “Drood” and

“Sunset Blvd.” Among Theatrical Hits

 

Without a doubt, Betty Buckley is one of the most thrilling musical theatre entertainers I’ve ever seen.  Whether bringing to stunning life Grizabella in “Cats,” Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard, Catherine in the original Bob Fosse production of “Pippin,” or Carrie’s mother in the notorious 1988 production of “Carrie,” Buckley guarantees “goosebumps.”

Friday, 03 May 2013 15:00

David Krane, Then and Now:

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

From Stage to Screen

David Krane, Then and Now:

“Kiss of the Spider Woman”

Toronto, London, Broadway (1992-3) /

Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” the World

(Coming soon to a Theatre near You)

Veteran composer/arranger reunites with “KSW” colleague Rob Marshall,

Director of Oscar-winning “Chicago”

It was 20 years ago today…

Celebrating Friday’s 20th anniversary of the Kander & Ebb / Hal Prince Musical “Kiss of the Spider Woman" today (Friday, May 3rd) isn’t the only thing Broadway/Hollywood musical maven David Krane and movie director/choreographer Rob Marshall share.

Louise Pitre Joins Workshop for New Sting Musical, “The Last Ship”

Pitre, Louise Pitre.  That’s what we may be calling one of our greatest musical theatre Divas now that she’s working with the author of “Skyfall,” the latest in the James Bond movie franchise.

Sunday, 28 April 2013 19:07

The 2013 Olivier Award Winners Are:

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

The 2013 Olivier Awards Are In:

 

 

“Kiss of the Spider Woman” on Broadway – 20th Anniversary

Song & Script looks back at one of Canada’s most successful musicals

“One of Broadway’s most thrilling musicals… the most intelligent musical of the 1992-93 season” – David Richards, New York Times

This Friday is the 20th anniversary of one of Canada’s most successful musicals. On that day, Livent’s production of Kiss of the Spider Woman, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway.

Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:27

Jennie Such Makes MCC Toronto Debut

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Celebrated Canadian Soprano Jennie Such Makes MCC Toronto debut with Broadway vet Marcus Nance on Saturday, May 4th.

Second “Two of a Kind” Series Concert Will Be a “Crossover” of Cabaret, Musical Theatre and Opera.

Jennie Such has known Marcus Nance for quite awhile. In fact, they’re Millennium Mates, having met on the opera scene through their partners around the year 2000. Yet, they began performing together only three seasons ago.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 14:54

Terra Hazelton Releases Third Album

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Terra Hazelton Releases Third Album – “That’s All”

Joy is the first word that comes to mind when Terra Hazelton sings. A popular and wonderful performer on the Toronto jazz scene, Hazelton beams with happiness when she performs.

Now, she has released her third album featuring jazz classics for which she is known and new material as well including a lovely jazz ballad setting of Canadian poet Robert Service’s “The Lure of Little Voices” composed by Jeff Gladstone, a friend of hers she has known since childhood.

Saturday, 06 April 2013 16:06

Toronto Has A New Jazz Bistro

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

New Jazz Bistro Brings

Sophisticated Artists to Downtown Toronto

This month begins “Divos and Divas,” elegant weekly cabaret brunches hosted by Canadian Broadway veteran Marcus Nance

Toronto’s top jazz club used to be Top O’ The Senator, a hot spot at 251 Victoria Street that featured from 1989 to 2005 such acclaimed artists as Diana Krall, Shirley Horn, Ray Brown, Joe Pass and Terrence Blanchard.

Singers from other genres including Ricky Martin, Shania Twain and Amy Winehouse also made their Toronto debuts there.

Now under the management of owners Joan and Colin Hunter, the venue is now the Jazz Bistro, a new club and upscale restaurant with a “supper club” vibe.

Sunday, 10 March 2013 13:42

Micah Barnes Shows Toronto the Love

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Former Nylon Micah Barnes

Shows Toronto the Love

 

“Rules of Romance” throughout March at Cabbagetown “Pubaret” Plus Special

March 16th Concert with Jazz/Blues/Gospel Great Jackie Richardson

Sunday, 03 March 2013 16:10

A(nother) Musical Journey with Charles Dickens

Written by Jo Frankel

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Cast Recording: A Review


2012 Roundabout Theatre Company Production. Book, music & lyrics by Rupert Homes. Based on the final work of Charles Dickens.
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