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Acting Up Stage Company, one of Toronto’s most exciting producers of contemporary musical theatre, announces its 2016 winter main stage production this Monday night, August 24th at 7 p.m. at the Jazz Bistro.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for food and drinks.  The address is 251 Victoria St.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:18

THEATRE 20 & MUSICAL WORKS

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Theatre 20 and Musical Works In Concert Present New Musicals Festival

Thursday night begins the sixth annual “Musical Works:  A Festival Celebrating New Musical Theatre presented by Musical Works in Concert (MWC) under the direction of Tracy Michailidis.

This year, Theatre 20 has joined MCW as a co-producer/presenter for this three day event at Factory Theatre, matinees and evenings, featuring four new musicals all in various stages of development:  Act One of both “Misprint” and “The Yellow Ribbon,” “Out of the Lens” and “Fitz Happens.”  This is the sixth time MCW has presented this festival, the first time with Theatre 20.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:05

America Opens CNE Bandstand Season

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Classic rock band America, now celebrating its 45thanniversary, will launch this year’s Bandshell concert series Friday night, Aug. 21st on the first night of the Canadian National Exhibition’s 137th season.
The opening act is the bluegrass/folk/rock country band The Abrams Brothers from Kingston, ON.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free with admission to the CNE.
Thursday, 06 August 2015 20:47

Doctorow And Me

Written by Dennis Kucherawy
Memories of novelist E.L. Doctorow, author of “Ragtime” E.L. Doctorow
Although he was one of the most acclaimed novelists of the 20th century, E.L. (Edgar) Doctorow knew where authors ranked in our fast-paced social media world of the 21st.
“I can walk into a bookstore,” he once remarked, “hand over my credit card and they don’t know who I am.”
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:02

“Spring Awakening” The Review

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Spring Awakening – Song & Script Review

Randolph Theatre’s Spring Awakening:  A Glorious Hit

I’ve seen many plays and musicals performed by students and grads of the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts (RAPA).  A year ago, their production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” was exceptional.

But hands down its current presentation of the smash hit, 2007 Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” is now my favorite.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:15

“Spring Awakening” Randolph Academy

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Song and Script Preview

By Elaine O’Neal and Dennis Kucherawy

Spring Awakening at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts

Opens this Thursday July 30, 2015

In Toronto we may be havin’ a tropical heat wave, but for the cast and crew of “Spring Awakening,” they’ve got sexuality, suicide and spirituality.  In other words, it’s another great night of musical theatre!

Saturday, 25 July 2015 14:25

Níagara: A Pan-American Story

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Toronto’s and Canada’s cultural elite turned out in force Thursday night to support the Panamania world premiere of “Níagara:  A Pan-American Story” at the Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Hall.

Indeed, it was extraordinary to see so many luminaries descend upon the new Regent Park, not to mention the sight of a Porsche 911 and other luxury cars crawling along the neighborhood’s streets.

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, led the guest list that included Karen Kain (artistic director of the National Ballet [NBOC] and Canada’s sweetheart as a former principal dancer of the company.)

Friday, 24 July 2015 14:33

Sergio Mendes preview and CD “Magic"

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

 

This Sunday night, the night of the PanAm Games’closing ceremonies, if you couldn’t care less about seeing Kim Kardashian’s ass…Kanye West, that is…head to Nathan Phillips Square for a Panamania concert that’s bound to have you dancing from start to finish.

Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian music pioneer who is famed for his sexy band Brasil ’66, will bring the PanAm Games’ portion of Panamania to a close that, judging from his new CD “Magic,” in a concert that is bound to be sexy and scintillating.

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.

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