Alan is a third year undergraduate student at York University, in Toronto. He has had a passion for the performing arts ever since he saw the original production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Alan has eleven years of intensive dance training under his belt, and in 2006 was the Canadian National Ballroom Champion in his age category. As a performer, Alan has been seen on stage at the Bathurst Street Theatre (now the Randolph Theatre), The FLATO Markham Theatre, The Leah Posluns Theatre, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, and many more.
Alan first started blogging about theatre in 2011 with his now defunct blog, Broadway Toronto. In March 2013, Alan joined the team at BroadwayWorld Toronto and continued his foray into arts journalism. In February of 2014, Alan became the Senior Editor for the Toronto division of BroadwayWorld.com – and since then has expanded the regional coverage to include much of Southern Ontario, as well as many of the smaller professional theatre companies in the city.
A long term theatre fan, Alan is grateful to be a part of the Toronto arts community in any capacity.
“I’m incredibly fortunate that I’ve found a way to be involved with our arts community in the position that I have. The Toronto theatre community is made up of some of the kindest and friendliest people I know – and I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high standard of coverage expected of BroadwayWorld.”
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July 22, 2014
Today it was announced that the film version of Jason Robert Brown's musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this fall. The movie will be shown as part of the 'Special Presentations' series. No further details about the TIFF screening have been released.Auditions for the Toronto Production of 'ONCE' to be Held This Saturday at the Randolph Academy!
July 21, 2014
Open call auditions for ensemble roles in the upcoming new sit-down Canadian production of ONCE will take place on Saturday July 26 at 9:30am at the Randolph Academy. ONCE is a show performed by actor/musicians who can tell stories, create nuanced characters and make music and movement together as an ensemble. Each performer must be proficient at playing a musical instrument, or, put another way, each musician must be a skilled actor who can disappear under the skin of another character.Breaking News: Danielle Wade Will Make Panto Debut in Ross Petty's 'CINDERELLA - THE GAGS TO RICHES'
July 18, 2014
BroadwayWorld has just confirmed that Toronto's favorite Dorothy will be trading in her ruby slippers for a pair made of glass instead! Danielle Wade will make her panto debut in CINDERELLA - FROM GAGS TO RICHES at the Elgin Theatre (part of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, the last active double decker performance venue in the world) from November 21 2014 to January 4, 2015.BWW Reviews: 'NO CHANCE IN HELL' at the Best of Fringe is Heavenly
July 17, 2014
I am a huge fan of the Toronto Fringe Festival! It's a great platform for new shows to be presented to audiences. Some get picked up for the Mirvish Season - or by other theatre companies, and one has even made it all the way to Broadway (The Drowsy Chaperone.)'Best of Fringe' Begins Today at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts
July 16, 2014
The Toronto Fringe Festival has announced the lineup for the Best of Fringe, selected and presented at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. Eight fringe productions will be presented in the Studio Theatre between July 16, 2014 and July 30, 2014.Marlene Smith, Original Canadian Producer of 'CATS' Announces Programming for the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatres
July 15, 2014
Nu Musical Productions (NuMu) announced today they will move their operations into the century-old Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre complex, and launch a new series of musical theatre presentations.BroadwayWorld Toronto Announces Audition Listings Expansion
July 11, 2014
I am pleased to announce that BroadwayWorld is expanding it's extensive audition listings to include the Greater Toronto Area, as well as listings for other Canadian Cities. The audition listings database has been a staple of BroadwayWorld's offerings for a number of years now, and we are very pleased to be able to bring this resource to our Canadian readers as well. Now, you'll be able to get the most up-to-date audition information from the same resource where you already get the most up to date and in-depth theatre coverage available.Audition Information Announced for the Canadian Production of 'ONCE'
July 10, 2014
Open call auditions for ensemble roles in the upcoming new sit-down Canadian production of ONCE will take place on Saturday July 26 at 9:30am at the Randolph Academy. ONCE is a show performed by actor/musicians who can tell stories, create nuanced characters and make music and movement together as an ensemble. Each performer must be proficient at playing a musical instrument, or, put another way, each musician must be a skilled actor who can disappear under the skin of another character.BWW Reviews: Theatre20's 'COMPANY' Hits Most of the Right Notes
June 29, 2014
Theatre20's production of COMPANY is now playing at the Berkeley Street Threatre in downtown Toronto, and the production - which opened on June 27 hits most of the right notes, but I found it to be lacking the finesse it needed to be the first class production it had the potential to be. The story should be a familiar one to many - a man in his mid thirties with commitment issues struggling to find meaning in his life. The plot is so standard, in fact, it's practically a cliche. In COMPANY, however, the single lifestyle is scrutinized under a microscope in a series of scenes focusing on the the protagonist, Bobby, and his interactions with his coupled friends. Bobby even quotes Socrates at one point, stating that 'the unexamined life is not worth living.'Photo Flash: A First Look at Theatre20's Production of 'COMPANY' - Opens Today!
June 27, 2014
BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at Theatre20's production of COMPANY. Tony Award-winning COMPANY, said by many to have launched the age of the modern musical, centres on Robert, a single man unable to commit to a steady relationship, the married couples who are his best friends, and his three on-again off-again girlfriends.BroadwayWorld Toronto Seaks New Contributors
June 25, 2014
Interested in joining BroadwayWorld's worldwide network of published authors? BWW is currently seeking talented theater enthusiasts to complement our existing feature coverage in Toronto, Canada! All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on BroadwayWorld.com - the largest theater site on the net!BWW Recaps: The 2014 Dora Awards
June 24, 2014
The 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2013/2014 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 23 at Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage, hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding members of the National Theatre of the World.Photo Flash: Inside the 35th Annual Dora Awards Party and Ceremony at Harbourfront Centre
June 24, 2014
It was an incredible night for Toronto theatre when our community joined together to celebrate another year of performing arts in Toronto on the evening of June 23rd at the WestJet Stage at the Harbourfront Centre for the 35th Annual Dora Awards! For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season's 102) registered eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards, plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award, were given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World.Dora Awards 2014: A List Of All The Winners!
June 24, 2014
It was an incredible night for Toronto theatre when our community joined together to celebrate another year of performing arts in Toronto on June 23rd at the WestJet Stage at the Harbourfront Centre. For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season's 102) registered eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards, plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award, were given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World.BWW Interviews: Dan Chameroy On Theatre20's 'COMPANY'
June 22, 2014
Yesterday, Theatre20 had their first preview performance of what is considered by many to be Stephen Sondheim's most iconic work, 'COMPANY'. Back when the company of 'COMPANY' were just beginning rehearsals, BroadwayWorld's Alan Henry had a chance to speak to Dan Chameroy (Bobby) about this production.BWW Contest: Win Two Tickets to the Toronto Symphony's GERSHWIN HIGHLIGHTS Concert
June 16, 2014
I am very pleased to announce a brand new BroadwayWorld Toronto contest! I'll be giving away two tickets to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Gershwin Highlights on Friday June 20th, at 7:30 PM EST. To enter the contest, please send an email to email@example.com with your favorite song composed by George Gerswhin. Entries missing a song title will be discarded. All entires due by 12:00 PM on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The winner will be contacted immediately after noon on Thursday to claim their prize.Disney's THE LION KING Grosses Over $11.75 Million During 7 Week Toronto Engagement
June 16, 2014
Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Toronto, which concluded on Sunday, June 15 at The Princess of Wales Theatre. The triumphant seven-week return grossed over $11.75 million at the box office and entertained more than 100,000 patrons during 56 performances. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princes of Wales Theatre, where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement.BWW Exclusive: Inside Luminato's 'If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway' with Josh Groban, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright and More!
June 15, 2014
Rufus Wainwright teamed up with Grammy and Tony-winning music director Stephen Oremus to redefine dozens of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook, all love songs from Broadway musicals. Wainwright's recontextualizations, performed exclusively by men and to men, fortify the songs' universality as expressions of love. The groundbreaking evening showcased Wainwright and an international spectrum of pop, jazz and musical theatre stars in unexpected, entirely enchanting pairs.Photo Flash: Inside SLEEPING IN THE DEVIL'S BED: THE MUSIC OF DANIEL LANOIS
June 11, 2014
Luminato Festival is excited to present the world premiere of SLEEPING IN THE DEVIL'S BED: THE MUSIC OF DANIEL LANOIS, an all-star salute to an incomparable musical legacy. Producer Hal Willner has crafted legendary concerts interpreting and celebrating the work of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Nino Rota, among many others. His salute to Lanois, featuring Bill Frisell, Kevin Drew, the Handsome Family, Emmylou Harris, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright and more, celebrates five decades of artistic brilliance.Stage Tube: Watch Canadians Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Hill, Melissa O'Neil, Cliff Saunders, and Aaron Walpole Perform 'One Day More' on the Tony Awards
June 8, 2014
Ramin Karimloo lead the cast of Broadway's LES MISERABLES in 'One Day More' on the Tony Awards this evening. The Broadway production opened in New York with Karimloo as Valjean after it played at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto to incredible reviews by patrons and critics alike.