Month: February 2013

Sarah Gibbons’ Triple Threat

Sarah Gibbons is a real triple threat – so we’re very excited to bring you her Triple Threat! Sarah is a graduate of Randolph Academy and holds an MA in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatory of Scotland. She has played Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Polly in Crazy for You and will be starring as Cordelia in our upcoming production of Falsettos

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Sunday in The Park With George for sure. I’m a huge fan of the entire Sondheim canon, but I definitely favor this one because I got the privilege to work on the show and play the role of Dot/Marie in Edinburgh. The way Sondheim’s detailed score can depict so many images and emotions makes me wish he could just underscore my entire day. I’m obsessed. Some of those chords and syncopations, dude! Myths and Hymns by Adam Guettel comes in a close second. 

[She may kill us for posting this, but here’s an awesome clip of Sarah performing Everybody Loves Louis from Sunday]

What musical will you always remember for its choreography?

Technically this isn’t a musical but it won three Tony Awards in 1999. Swan Lake choreographed by Matthew Bourne, hands down. I saw it in a beautiful theatre in Scotland that was right next to my new flat. It’s a contemporary version with men as the swans. It had so many styles of dance and it was incredibly theatrical. I got tickets shortly after I arrived in Glasgow, so apart from being completely jet lagged and positively overwhelmed, the story that the choreography told made me lose it. This was the first time a dance heavy show made me that cathartic. Not to mention really hot European men dressed as magnificent swans.

What musical will you always remember for its book/virtuosic acting?

This is a tough one. I’m going to have to cheat and say a play, The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman. I saw a production in London with Keira Knightley, Ellen Burstyn & Elizabeth Moss. I was a huge fan of this piece beforehand because of its unpredictable twists and shocking subject matter for its time. I loved all the big name actors, but, a lesser-known actress, who was probably about 30, portrayed the manipulative young schoolgirl, Mary and stole the show. She completely embodied the character and brought her off the page to the stage, it was mesmerizing and chilling. 

You’re on a desert island and you can only bring on cast recording. What is it and why?

The Book of Mormon. I never ever get sick of its brilliant punch lines and it would keep me laughing for eternity. Plus it’s my two favorite things combined. South Park and Musicals. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure musical?

I have too many, but Shrek The Musical. It has such a great soundtrack; the book is pretty hilarious because it absolutely stayed true to the film and its characters. The original cast were super awesome. I don’t feel overly guilty for loving it though, because I think Jeanine Tesori is a fantastic composer. I feel pretty silly cause I like this one song from Carrie The Musical (one of the biggest Broadway flops) called “I’m Not Alone”. It’s awful. Actually I think it was cut from the show. Because it’s not on the recording..which I have..

What movie musical would you love to see musicalized?

Probably The Goofy Movie. It’s so underrated! 90’s pop what’s up? I (accurately) Wikipedia’d the composers, Carter Burwell and Don Davis, turns out they’re still around and write scores to lots of great films. They should definitely write a musical. The songs are dangerously catchy although one more Disney musical and Broadway may combust. Also, I’m not quite sure how the actors would rock the dog (?) costumes. I’m up for it.

You can catch Sarah in our upcoming production of Falsettos. For more information you should defini,tely visit his website at

Craigslist Ad of the Week — WANTED: A date to my cousin’s wedding

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata must close this Sunday, March 3. Buy your tickets now before this Toronto hit begins its Canadian tour! Visit our website for more info.

Finn Fridays – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

As we get into high gear for our upcoming production of Falsettos, take a trip with us through William Finn’s Songbook every Friday. Let us know your favorite Finn forays, songs and anecdotes as they come up!

In this Theatre Talk interview, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee creators William Finn and James Lapine talk creation process, production and what it takes to create one of the first great musicals of the 21st century. 


The Year of The Child – Change Come Fast

I’m back at work! And so where are the kids you might ask?

We have a fantastic live-in-nanny. She came to us from Hong Kong in September and helped out while I was off so that we could have a 1:1 ratio with the kids when they were little. Now that I am back at work, she is at home with them. She is outstanding. She is great with the kids and they adore her.

Before we got a nanny, I couldn’t stop thinking about Caroline, or Change. Though it takes place 50 years ago, the issues surrounding having ‘hired help’ are the same – How do you structure the employee/employer relationship? How do issues of class and ethnicity come into play when you employ a worker from oversees in a live-in-caregiver role? More

Eric Morin’s Triple Threat

Eric Morin is a Toronto based actor and performer who’s long list of credits includes Altar Boyz, Ross Petty’s The Wizard of Oz and Canadian Stage’s recent A Misdummer Night’s Dream. Most excitingly, Eric will be be playing Whizzer in our upcoming production of Falsettos. In today’s Triple Threat we chat Island songs and probably the best guiltiest pleasure anyone has mentioned yet! More