Author: Thomas Swayne

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Gypsy

Marcus Gypsy

If I had the chance to go back in time to see one Broadway production that has passed me by, it would be the 2008 production of Gypsy.  I know…I know…it has only been a few years but the divine casting choices of Patti Lupone, Laura Benanti, Boyd Gaines, and Leigh Ann Larkin put this show above the others for me.

Featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (heard of him?), and a book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy is a true masterpiece and a shining example of the musical form.  More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Matilda

Matilda: Sam S. Shubert Theatre

Definitely one of the most hyped shows of the season, the Matilda cast does not disappoint during the 2013 Tony Awards. The entire performance is so well crafted and gives you a small taste of what makes the show so special: an amazingly cruel performance by Bertie Carvel, kids who are talented beyond believe (like actually… it’s not fair), and dynamic staging that dazzles. More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – The Book of Mormon

“Ever since I was a child, I tried to be the best…so what happened?”


After hearing those first few lyrics while watching the 2011 Tony Awards broadcast with friends, I knew the Book of Mormon was for me!  More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Cinderella

In honour of my recent New York trip, this week’s performance will be from the re-visal (revival-revised) production of Cinderella!  This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was originally written for television in 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews.  Subsequent television remakes were produced with both Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy Norwood (yes that Brandy…) in the leading role.   More

Producing Notes – Who Will Love Me As I Am?

I was in New York for work when the flood hit Toronto. My flight home was delayed and I found myself with a spare ‘non-work’ night in the city. I quickly logged onto Telecharge (whose new website I hate, but that’s a different story) to see what I could get a last minute ticket to (yes… oddly on both work and non-work nights, I choose to see musicals, I just modify the type of musical I see), and I scored a seat for Kinky Boots. I was very excited. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical.