Month: July 2013


Bremen Rock City Playlist (According to Colleen & Akiva)

Colleen & Akiva

Welcome to another instalment of our popular Playlist!  This week features Toronto-based songwriting team Akiva Romer-Segal (Lyrics) and Colleen Dauncey (Music).  Check out the inspiration behind their new show Bremen Rock City!

Music is a key element in any musical theatre show, but in our family rock musical Bremen Rock City (currently playing at the Palmerston Library Theatre until July 14), music is also a central theme. It drives our characters forward, brings them together, tears them apart…and (spoiler alert) brings them all back together again. More


Thom…Rielle Tony Tuesdays – Grand Hotel

Michae Jeter

Guest writing this week is Ride The Cyclone star Rielle Braid!

Michael Jeter was a fantastic musical theatre performer and won a Tony for his work in Grand Hotel. He is most well known to audiences for his portrayals in films like The Green Mile, Miller’s Crossing, and Sister Act 2. In this Tony performance, Michael Jeter completely takes over the space, inhabiting it like a second skin. He’s one of those actors who seems to make every right choice, while still surprising you. More


Producing Notes – Goodbye Stage West

Love Train

According to Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, in 2011, 4,083 members worked under contract with 81.8% of them working as performers. The mean annual income for Equity members that year was $9,410. Lots of people want to be performers. But lucrative, it is not.

As such, I was deeply saddened to say goodbye last week to Stage West in Mississauga. More


Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Shrek

Shrek

Featuring a score by Jeanine Tesori (Composer of Caroline, or Change and Thoroughly Modern Millie), Shrek: the Musical is surprisingly good!  While the book suffers the same fate as most films that try to translate to the theatre, the music in this show is actually quite swell. More