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Saturday, 12 November 2016 15:33

Leonard and Me

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Leonard and Me

By Dennis Kucherawy

“I was born like this, I had no choice.

I was born with the gift of a golden voice.”

“Tower of Song,” Leonard Cohen

This Wednesday, I lost a friend.  The world lost one of its greatest troubadours, poets, authors.

Friday, 11 November 2016 16:42

Brent Carver: “Magical Brilliance”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

 “Walk Me to the Corner” =

Goosebumps - Laughter,

Passion and Joy

Joyful concert celebration

of Harold Green Jewish

Theatre Company’s

10 Anniversary

Now until Nov. 20th – Tickets nearly sold-out

“He who sings, prays twice.”

Most Awarded New Musical

of Broadway’s 2015 Season

By Dennis Kucherawy

This Tuesday, Presidential election night in the USA, Buffalo first-nighters will be swept away to the City of Light when the national touring production of George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” arrives for a week-long engagement at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  It runs from Tuesday, Nov. 8th to Sunday, Nov. 13th.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Cabaret Hit Plays Toronto Centre for the Arts Next Week

Shares bill with “Dudettes,” a show of duets sung by men originally written for women

By Dennis Kucherawy

Next Saturday night in North York, gender identity and non-traditional families are on the bill in Studio 5040 Cabaret Soirée Series’ latest presentation of two new cabarets.

They play the Studio Theatre’s Toronto Centre for the Arts for one-night only on Nov.12th.  Show time is 8 p.m.

“Walk Me to the Corner”: 

Two-week North York Concert

Series Begins This Tuesday

You’ll never know what … or who … you can get if you just ask.  That has once again proven true for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC) as Brent Carver, the great, Canadian-born, international theatrical star has designed and will perform a special, world premiere show for them as his gift in celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

Help me!  I think I’m falling

in love again!  Mitchell tribute

rock and rolls the Forest City

“… Compelling… a dramatically focused and musically satisfying journey of love.” – London Free Press

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Joni Mitchell is the woman who taught your cold, English wife how to feel.”

- Emma Thompson to her philandering husband in the film, “Love, Actually”

The London, On. premiere of “Joni Mitchell: River,” (JMR) now playing until this Saturday, Nov. 5th, is leaving Grand Theatre audiences feeling “unfettered and alive.”

“That’s Not Funny” - The Art of Laughs with Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble

“First you get down on your knees

Fiddle with your rosaries

Bow your head with great respect

And genuflect… genuflect… genuflect!”

“…Do whatever steps you want if

You have cleared it with the pontiff

Everybody say his own Kyrie Eleison

Doing the Vatican Rag” – by Tom Lehrer

“Eerie” and “intoxicating” … Just in time for Hallowe’en

As it begins its third season, the Danforth’s Coal Mine Theatre continues to build its reputation as one of Toronto’s most challenging, risky and thrilling independent companies with the premiere of English playwright Laura Wade’s Royal Court Theatre hit, “Breathing Corpses.”  Now in previews, it opens this Wednesday night, Oct. 26th.

Canadian premiere of hit Donald Trump play – U.S. Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 8th

“Superb and remarkably complex…”     Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Which candidate will be pushing up daisies on U.S. Election Night, Tuesday, November 8th, just a fortnight from tomorrow?  In Toronto, a more apt question might be who will be presenting Daisey, that is celebrated … and some might say notorious… American playwright and monologist Mike Daisey.

“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen’s new album, Now Available at Song & Script

“A bleak masterpiece… Rich, deep and potent as ever.” - The Telegraph, London, UK

By Dennis Kucherawy

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 21st

Uncork the wine, put on the fire and lay back ‘cause it’s going to be a Leonard Cohen weekend.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 21:24

Donovan at Danforth Music Hall

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Donovan Brings the Sixties Back to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall Friday night

His hit “Mellow Yellow” Featured in the Hit “Minions” Animated Comedy

His fans range from nostalgic Baby Boomers to “Minions” groupies everywhere.

Indeed, Donovan, now 70-years-old, wrote the soundtrack for the Hippy Era.

By Dennis Kucherawy

“If you can remember the Sixties,” the late comedian Robin Williams once said, “you weren’t there.”

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:21

Mike Myers at Toronto Reference Library Friday

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

True Patriot Mike Myers at Toronto Reference Library Friday night

Canada – “YEAH, BABY!!”

This Friday night, internationally renowned comedian Mike Myers visits the Appel Salon in Toronto’s Reference Library to discuss his new book titled, of course, “Canada.”  The free 90-minute event, that includes an autographing session, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:15

Acting Up’s David Bowie / Queen Tribute

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song & Script “Uncovers” Acting Up’s David Bowie / Queen Tribute

By Dennis Kucherawy

Does Beelzebub ever have a devil of a concert put aside for you!

In less than a fortnight, some of Canada’s most talented “Rebel Rebels” will unleash a thrilling tribute to rock ‘n’ roll legends Queen (Freddie Mercury) and David Bowie in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Acting Up Stage Company’s “Uncovered” concert series.


Contrary to Tom Cochrane,

life is more than a highway, 

according to one of Canada’s

greatest playwrights,

indigenous or otherwise. 

It’s the universe.

That’s the ambitious theatrical palette Tomson Highway embraces in the Toronto premiere of his awesome new musical that bursts with originality, energy, imagination and, of course, love.  In addition to writing the show’s book, lyrics and music, he plays the piano as part of a trio.

Soulpepper’s Hosanna sparks memories of Monette

Often outrageously hilarious and at times sadly tragic, Soulpepper’s “Hosanna” is regarded as one of Montréal playwright Michel Tremblay’s greatest plays.

Set in the demi-monde of Montreal’s Blvd. St. Laurent, colloquially known as “The Main,” the play begins with a drag queen named Hosanna, who is obsessed with the cinematic glamour goddess Elizabeth Taylor.

Hosanna is quietly returning from a Hallowe’en to the bachelor apartment on Plaza Saint-Hubert he shares with his lover, an aging would-be macho biker stud named Cuirette.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Cancer Author to Speak Monday at Toronto Reference Library

Siddhartha Mukherjee to deliver 2016 The Cutting Edge Lecture as part of Appel Salon Series

By Dennis Kucherawy

This Monday, Oct. 17th, Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Indian-born American scientist, physician and writer, will deliver a lecture titled “It’s All About You:  Personalized Medicine and a Revolution in Cancer Treatment.”  Sponsored by the Krembil Foundation, it’s the 2016 lecture in the series titled “The Cutting Edge:  Exploring New Ideas at the Intersection of Health and Technology.”

Friday, 16 September 2016 15:19

Kensington Jazz – Back to TO’s Jazz Roots

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

Salutes Beloved Pioneer,

Drummer Archie Alleyne

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Without the past, there is no future.”  Toronto jazz pioneer Archie Alleyne’s famous and wise words best describe the arrival of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival (KMJF) premiering this weekend.  It’s a return to one of the roots of Toronto…and Canada’s … jazz scene.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:27

New Toronto Jazz Fest Opens This Friday

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Kensington Market Jazz Festival to Feature Stellar Lineup This Weekend – Sept. 16th to 18th

For Canada’s internationally renowned jazz diva Molly Johnson, this weekend is more than a dream come true.  It’s a homecoming.

By Dennis Kucherawy

Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:55

The Donna Summer Project

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

“Jersey Boys” Love to Love (Donna) Summer

This January, “Jersey Boys,” the Four Seasons’ juke-box musical, will close after 11 years on Broadway.  The Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical, also a recipient of a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show album, is the 12th longest running in the history of the Great White Way.

This summer, the show’s director and choreographer, two former Torontonians, reunited to make magic happen again, this time with the life and music of the late great Disco Diva Donna Summer. She died in 2012.

Monday, 05 September 2016 23:23


Written by Dennis Kucherawy

North York Cancer Benefit Concert Lineup Defies Gravity

Together We’re Unlimited – Monday, Sept. 19th

By Dennis Kucherawy

“A formidable force of will and phenomenal technique,” Chris Jones of the venerable Chicago Tribune raved about her performance.

The Chicago Sun-Times said she was “astonishing,” and that her rendition of the unforgettable “Rose’s Turn,” a nervous breakdown set to music, was volcanic.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:11

Randy Bachman Rocks the Ex

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Tomorrow night (Friday), Canadian

rock ‘n’ roll legend Randy Bachman will

once again take care of business by

kicking off this year’s Bandstand series

at The Ex.

With Guess Who bandmate Burton Cummings, Bachman has written some of Canada’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs

including “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “Undun,” “Share the Land” … the list goes on and on. 

By Dennis Kucherawy

Thursday, 30 June 2016 14:11

Church On Church St. This Sunday, July 3rd

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Music at the Annual MCC Toronto Service Features “Kinky Boots’” Co-Star A.J. Bridel and Jeigh Madjus (Off-Broadway’s “Here Lies Love”)

This Sunday, July 3rd, A.J. Bridel, “Kinky Boots’” showstopper and 2016 Dora nominee, will headline MCC Toronto’s “Church on Church Street,” Canada’s largest annual outdoor worship service led by Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes.


Friday, 24 June 2016 17:59

Kaylee Harwood in Concert

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Stratford/Shaw/Broadway vet in Concert

Dora Warmup This Monday, June 27th

Opens in “Life After” at Fringe Festival July 1st

If football games have tail-gate parties, what do theatre award shows have?  If it’s Toronto, it’s a special Happy Hour jazz concert with lovely leading lady Kaylee Harwood!

This Monday, in her words, it’s “a Pre-Dora Awards pit stop” at 120 Diner from 6 to 7 p.m.  It’s located at 120 Church Street, near Richmond St. E.  Call 416-792-7725 for reservations or text 416-706-4237.

Saturday, 18 June 2016 14:54

"Matilda-The Musical"

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

CD and Song Book Now in Stock

London’s Royal Shakespeare Company’s "Matilda – The Musical” is an international sensation.  Based on Roald Dahl’s  famous children’s story, it is a delightful show for all ages, the winner of more than 50 major international awards including 12 for Best Musical.

Toronto previews begin Tuesday, July 5th,2016

Thursday, 16 June 2016 16:49

Soulpepper’s “Mary” Is Brilliant

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Closes this weekend!!!!

Excellent writing, acting and directing make Soulpepper’s thought-provoking production of Irish writer Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed and controversial “The Testament of Mary” a must-see.  It compels viewers to reconsider religious history.

The 70-minute play (no intermission) is now in its final weekend with a final performance this Saturday, June 18th, at the Distillery District’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Saturday, 11 June 2016 15:26

And the Tony Award Went to…

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Euphoric Joy! What a marvelous party!

Life, especially life in show business, unfolds in the strangest ways.

At Livent, I was the original publicist for "Kiss of the Spider Woman” that premiered at Toronto’s Bluma Appel theatre, then went on to win seven 1993 Tony Awards including “Best Musical.”  It was director Hal Prince’s first production since his smash international hit “The Phantom of the Opera” and was eagerly anticipated.

Saturday, 11 June 2016 14:25

New Barbra Streisand Album Due This August

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

New Streisand Broadway/Hollywood Album Due This August

This Sunday night, Barbra Streisand will make her first appearance at the Tony Awards since 1970, more than 35 years ago.

That’s just the beginning of her return to the Great White Way.  On August 26th, she is also releasing “Encore:  Movie Partners Sing Broadway” featuring duets with major film stars including Antonio Banderas, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway

The album features three songs by Stephen Sondheim: “Loving You” from “Passion, “The Best Thing That Ever Happened” from “Road Show” and “Take Me to the World” from “Evening Primrose.”

An Insider’s Look at Tony Best Revival Nominee “She Loves Me”

SLM’s Music Whiz Shares His Thoughts

It's not every day you receive a fan note from a legendary Broadway lyricist, one that is being honored this year with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.  Then again, David Krane isn’t your everyday composer/arranger.  The show is “She Loves Me,” but the following is a “HeLoves Me” moment.

Last June 10th, on opening night of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who survives his late partner, composer Jerry Bock, wrote David, complimenting him on the incidental music and dance arrangements he composed for the revival.  It is an opening night note that, he told Song & Script, he will cherish forever:

Saturday, 11 June 2016 14:07

Rock the Tonys With Acting Up Stage Co.

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Rock the Tonys With Acting Up Stage Co. this Sunday

Acting Up Stage Company, one of Toronto’s most exciting theatre troupes, is celebrating this year’s Tony Awards this Sunday night at The Friar Firkin pub at 160 John St.

The free tickets are gone, but there may be some cancellations.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the telecast on The Friar’s big screen begins at 8 p.m.  There will be special prizes.

Celebrate the Tony Awards in Style

Getting ready for the “Hamill-TONYS”

"My brother-in-law just laid down 65 bills that bear the likeness of the first Treasury secretary in exchange of a pair of tickets to the Broadway musical that bears his name:  `Hamilton.’” – Joanne Kaufman, The Wall Street Journal

With the Tony Awards speeding toward us this Sunday, June 12th, “Hamilton” has become the Tragically Hip of Broadway.  As of yesterday, a single ticket is listed for $10,000 for creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sold-out final performance in the title role. Insane!  You could buy a Lincoln for that kind of money… maybe used… and drive to New York.

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