Month: October 2014

Video Roundup: Broadway’s Spookiest Songs

When the weather starts to turn, there’s no more welcoming environment than a warm theatre. There’s also none more terrifying, either, when done right. Musicals might have an image of being all smiles and kicklines and happy endings, but Broadway has some skeletons (and ghosts, and devils, and murderers) in its closets too. So before you get dressed up in your Broadway-themed costume and head out on the town, get in this spooky seasonal mood with these monstrous musical tunes. More

Triple Threat with Jeffery Straker

Get to know artists and production team members from our upcoming shows as we get them to dish on their favourite musical influences! Triple Threat is a regular feature in which we interview a performer or production team member, and ask them to recall which musicals or artists left permanent impressions on them.

Unlike the other performers in this year’s UnCovered: Billy Joel and Elton John (coming up November 12-13), Jeffery Straker is not a musical theatre artist first and foremost. Instead, he’s a successful Canadian musician known for his piano-based pop, much like the music of these two classic “piano men” showcased in the concert. As a touring and recording artist for over eight years, he’s the perfect person to reexamine these songs under a new perspective. We talked to him (see previous interviews with Chilina Kennedy and Jake Epstein) to learn more about his musical inspirations.   More

Five super easy Halloween costumes for the Broadway lover

Halloween is almost here! While some people try to figure out the scariest or most pop culturally relevant costume to wear, it’s a Broadway enthusiast’s chance to pay homage to some of the greatest characters in musical theatre. All Hallow’s Eve provides an incredible opportunity to create/craft/design a costume that will make friends burst into four part harmony and jazz hands instead of screams of terror.

I’ve used many a Halloween night as a chance to display my love of musicals. At six years old, I dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West. In Grade 11, I was inspired to go trick-or-treating as the Emcee from Cabaret (the Joel Grey incarnation, not Alan Cumming). I painted my face white, rouged my cheeks and put on dress pants, a dress shit, suspenders and a bow tie. Unfortunately, it proved to be a rather frigid evening and I had to wear my winter coat… so everyone thought I was a mime. Last year, I even took a friends dare and dressed up as a sexy Grizabella from Cats. More

Has the Internet killed my love of musicals?

Mitchell's CD collection

Over the thanksgiving weekend, I took a road trip to Montreal with my parents in their mini-van. One of the things that I love about this minivan (are there things to love about minivans?) is the subscription to Sirius XM Radio. Why? Because it means that I can enjoy a 6 hour drive to Montreal, listening to Seth Rudetsky’s “Big Fat Broadway.”

Video Roundup: Food, Glorious Food

If you just celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend, you’re probably still happily resting in your turkey coma today. And even if you didn’t consume a pile of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, gravy, stuffing and  – we’ll just stop there –  there’s hardly a holiday or celebration that doesn’t involve some scrumptious snacks or delectable drinks. And of course, not even the boundaries of Broadway are impenetrable by the joy of a good meal.

Check out this feast of musical morsels dedicated to one of our very favourite topics – food, glorious food! More