Month: July 2013

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Dreamgirls

You can’t write a blog about the Tony Awards and NOT mention the 1982 Dreamgirls performance. More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Company

Raul Esparza

The 2006 Broadway revival of Company is one of the finest musical productions you will ever see. Director John Doyle continues his journey through the Sondheim catalogue using his trademark direction of replacing a formal orchestra with the actors themselves providing the orchestral accompaniment. More

MT Scavenger Hunt: The Light in the Piazza

light in the piazza

This season, the Shaw Festival is presenting one of the most beautiful pieces of musical theatre ever written, The Light in the Piazza. Actor Jeff Irving who plays Fabrizio Naccarelli in the show and took us backstage for a little scavenger hunt! More

Producing Notes – A charity, or not a charity: that is the question


I was recently having a conversation with a family member about Acting Up Stage. I was explaining the business model of the not-for-profit arts and how 50% of our revenue comes from ticket sales and 50% from fundraising through donors, sponsors, foundations and government grants. When I was explaining why donors choose to support us, I heard: “I know you are a charity, but you are not REALLY a charity.” More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Catch Me If You Can

In much the same vein as Don’t Break The Rules in Catch Me If You Can, Brotherhood of Man in the 2011 Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a show stopping number that completely blew me away. Rob Ashford is one of my favourite choreographers and this number demonstrates why. The vocabulary of movement he created with these virtuosic dancers embodies the energetic, playful, and masculine tones of the show. More