Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.
When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.
She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.
Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig www.rachealmccaigphotography.com
December 3, 2013
Toronto's critically acclaimed production of Les Miserables was the vehicle responsible for bringing Ramin Karimloo back 'home' to perform on Canadian soil, and now for one performance only, he will share the stage with the man who helped inspire his dream to pursue musical theatre - none other than stage legend (and original Jean Valjean) Colm Wilkinson.BWW Interviews: The Women of GOD OF CARNAGE
December 2, 2013
God of Carnage, the hit play by Yasmina Reza that won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress (Marcia Gay Harden) opened last week at The Panasonic Theatre as part of Mirvish Production's second annual Off-Mirvish season. The production is a joint venture with Toronto based Studio 180 Productions, and boasts a stellar Canadian cast including Sarah Orenstein, Linda Kash, Tony Nappo and John Bourgeois. BWW is catching up with the women of GOD OF CARNAGE and looking at some of the behaviours that cause grown ups to act like children.BWW Reviews: ONCE is Intimate and Heartbreaking at The Royal Alex
December 1, 2013
Once the Musical opened this past Thursday at Toronto's gorgeous Royal Alexandra Theatre, proving to Torontonians that a musical doesn't need to be big, brassy and full of fancy special effects to move an audience and shake their emotional core.BWW Interviews: Chatting Villains of ANNIE with Real-Life Couple Louise Pitre and Joe Matheson
November 26, 2013
It's an exciting holiday theatre season in Toronto, with lots of great options for children and grown ups alike! One option which is bound to appeal to people of all ages is the classic tale of ANNIE - being presented by Young People's Theatre and starring newcomer Jenny Weisz in the iconic role. No version of Annie is complete without the villainous Miss Hannigan and Rooster - the characters who stand between Annie and her future happiness. In this new production, they're played by real life husband and wife Louise Pitre and Joe Matheson - who are teaming up to sink their teeth into the despicable (yet very funny) duo. Louise spoke with BWW about playing the villain, her experiences with Young People's Theatre and the enduring power of Annie:BWW Reviews: Broadway Bound ALADDIN Opens in Toronto
November 22, 2013
It was a true 'Arabian Night' in Toronto where the Broadway bound production of Disney's Aladdin had it's 'world premiere' last night. Promising to be a revamped interpretation of the classic 1992 cartoon film, the show had the unbelievable sights but sadly struggled with the indescribable feelings. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers one of the first reviews of this brand new production.Photo Coverage: Corey Hart, Ron James, Colin Mochrie and More at IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING
November 20, 2013
It's Always Something is a once a year special event in Toronto that raises money for Gilda's Club, an incredibly important charity that honours the memory of the late Gilda Radner by providing a place for those suffering from cancer to go to escape, to laugh and to connect with others. Co-produced by Rick Muller and Fred Levy, this year's show featured Corey Hart's return to a Canadian stage, as well as Matt Dusk, Nikki Yanofsky, Colin Mochrie and more. It was hosted by the incredibly funny Ron James, and BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the red carpet and the show.BWW Interview: Meet 'Virginia Woolf' - A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN's Naomi Wright
November 14, 2013
Literary lovers will be delighted to know there's a unique new theatrical event starting this week - a site specific performance piece that examines the life and works of Virginia Woolf. The brainchild of Naomi Wright (who will play Woolf in the production) the show is a fully immersive production that features an all female cast and crew and will take place in Toronto's historic Campbell House. BWW sat down to talk with Wright about how the project evolved over the last decade, the immersive nature of the show, and the challenges of tackling such an iconic and well known literary figure. Set in 1928, the show will feature Woolf delivering her iconic text for the very first time while guests are treated to a reception that includes live music, cash bar and light refreshments. To help create the uniquely hands-on experience, the audience will be encouraged to explore the library, read newspapers from 1928 and peruse Woolf's living quarters to get a better feel for the woman behind the iconic works.NEWSIES to Play Toronto as a Part of Mirvish's 2014-15 Season!
November 13, 2013
Torontonians who love musical theatre seem to have something to shout about this morning, as The Toronto Star is reporting the Broadway smash hit musical 'NEWSIES' will grace our stages in 2015 as part of the Mirvish 2014-2015 season. The newspaper states this is as yet unconfirmed by Mirvish Productions or Disney Theatrical, but suggests that Toronto will see 'an exclusive six-week premiere engagement at the Princess of Wales'BWW Interview: Chatting with Newcomer Jenny Weisz from Toronto's ANNIE
November 12, 2013
It's an exciting holiday theatre season in Toronto, with lots of great options for children and grown ups alike! One option which is bound to appeal to people of all ages is the classic tale of ANNIE - being presented by Young People's Theatre and starring newcomer Jenny Weisz in the iconic role. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know the story of Annie (or it's timeless tunes such as 'Tomorrow', 'Hard Knock Life' and 'Maybe') but it's been a long time since Toronto had a professional production on stage in the city. In the iconic role is newcomer Jenny Weisz, and 'Annie' marks her very first professional gig after graduating from Theatre Sheridan this past year. BWW sat down to talk with her about playing the famous little redheaded girl, reaching her dream of performing with YPT and her musical theatre influence.BWW Interviews: Producer Rick Muller talks IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING - Toronto's Largest Variety Show
November 10, 2013
Once a year the stars flock to Toronto's largest theatrical venue - The Sony Centre - for a magical evening of music, song, dance and variety called It's Always Something! The event honours the memory and wish of the late Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Gilda loved to laugh and entertain and felt that no one should have to face cancer alone. In a special interview, co-producer of It's Always Something Rick Muller took some time to talk about the importance of Gilda's Club and why it means so much to him to support this cause and produce this event each year. He talks about losing people to cancer, the importance of living Gilda's message of laughter and magic every day, and of course - what we can expect from the incredible It's Always Something event this year.Photo Coverage: EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL is Back and Bloodier Than Ever
November 8, 2013
Evil Dead the Musical is back in Toronto and bloodier than ever! The show opened last week to rave reviews, and audience members are flocking to the Randolph Theatre for a chance to experience this cult classic in all its gory glory. The show takes the cult classic film by the same name and adapts it for the stage, and Torontonians are excited to have the show back in its city. The show had humble beginnings in August 2003 in the back room of The Tranzac Club, and returned to Toronto in 2007 at The Diesel Playhouse where it went on to become the longest running show the city had seen in over two decades and won the Dora Award for Audience Choice. Now that it's back, the city is welcoming it with gory open arms! BWW is thrilled to bring readers production photos of the Toronto cast in action!BWW Interview: Blood, Guts and Gore with EVIL DEAD's Daniel Williston
November 6, 2013
Evil Dead the Musical is back in Toronto and bloodier than ever! The show opened last week to rave reviews, and audience members are flocking to the Randolph Theatre for a chance to experience this cult classic in all its gory glory. The show takes the cult classic film by the same name and adapts it for the stage, and Torontonians are excited to have the show back in its city. While there are original cast members returning for this new engagement (Ryan Ward and Alison Smyth) there are also a group of new people sinking their teeth into these iconic roles. One of those people is Daniel Williston, who sat down to talk to BWW about the Evil Dead experience so far, the show's history about (of course) all the blood and gore:BWW Seeks Editors in Toronto!
November 5, 2013
BWW is always seeking talented theatre enthusiasts to head up feature coverage our over 130 regional areas. I'm excited to announce that as the Toronto regional site continues to grow, we have a growing need for additional Contributing Editors. In this unique and exciting role, you will have the opportunity to review shows, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features for publishing, and work/network with your local theatre press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.BWW Interviews: Boys on the Barricade - Chatting with Mark Uhre and Perry Sherman
October 31, 2013
The new Canadian 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables is now playing at The Princess of Wales and has been receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. BWW has been bringing its readers interviews with the cast of this incredible production, and today we sit down with Mark Uhre and Perry Sherman who play Enjolras and Marius. The 'barricade boys' talk everything from their first Les Mis experiences, to the changes to this production, gun injuries and more.BWW Special: 13 Years Later with the Women of MAMMA MIA!
October 28, 2013
This upcoming Monday get ready to break out your dancing shoes, as cast members from the Original Toronto Production of MAMMA MIA! reunite for a one-night only benefit in support of FIFE HOUSE. They are a not for profit organization that seeks to provide secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.BWW Special: 13 Years Later with the Men of MAMMA MIA!
October 26, 2013
This upcoming Monday get ready to break out your dancing shoes, as cast members from the Original Toronto Production of MAMMA MIA! reunite for a one-night only benefit in support of FIFE HOUSE. They are a not for profit organization that seeks to provide secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The event will feature none other than Louise Pitre in the lead role of 'Donna', one in which she originated here in Toronto and then later took to the Great White Way. She will be joined by a group of her fellow cast mates to celebrate the music of ABBA and the success of MAMMA MIA, as well as to raise a toast to the great work that FIFE HOUSE does in our community. Joining her will be Adam Brazier (Sky), Gabrielle Jones (Rosie), David Keeley (Sam), Julie Martell (Sophie), Tamara Bernier (Tanya) and Shawn Wright (Bill). BWW is thrilled to be chatting with the cast to provide a unique retrospective on their time with MAMMA MIA!, including favourite memories and ABBA songs. Today we're focusing on the returning men including David Keeley , Shawn Wright and Adam Brazier.BWW Interviews: MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE with Kyle Golemba and Adam White
October 25, 2013
Canadians are a unique bunch of people, polite to a fault, humble and extremely freaking talented. The problem is, we often don't boast our talents because of the aforementioned polite, humble qualities. Kyle Golemba and Adam White are seeking to boast about our awesome musical theatre talent on Monday night at the CD release party for MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE - an album featuring 15 different all-Canadian songs from our best and brightest. Both of them sat down and spoke with BWW about Canadian traditions, Canadian talent, Timbits and beer!BWW Interviews: Patricia O'Callaghan talks The Judgment of Paris
October 24, 2013
BWW's coverage of the 2013 Global Cabaret Festival continues today with an interview with Patricia O'Callaghan, producer and star of 'The Judgment of Paris'. This unique cabaret is set against the backdrop of the Great War and features music by the revolutionary Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, two artists who were largely credited as founders of the impressionist musical movement. Billed as a mix of 'cabaret, history and story-telling' the show will feature tunes that you know and love as well as original songs by the performers. Patricia took some time to talk to BWW about what people can expect from her cabaret, why the Global Cabaret Festival is unique and important and what attracts her to the art of cabareSharron Matthews talks Something 'Completely Different' at Global Cabaret Fest
October 23, 2013
Sharron Matthew's is one of the foremost stars of Canada's cabaret scene, having recently traveled the world on her GOLD tour she returned to Toronto to become the first artist in residence at Buddies in Bad Times theatre where she continues to develop and hone her cabaret skills. This year she joins the stellar line-up at the Global Cabaret Festival, which includes such diverse programming as a David Bowie and Bob Dylan songbook, a look at historical Paris with the music of Debussy and Ravel, Dennis Lee's Lost Songs of Toronto and more. For her contribution, Sharron Matthews has promised to do something 'completely different', which of course had us very intrigued. BWW sat down to talk with Sharron about what exactly 'completely different' entrails, her love of all things cabaret and why she feels The Global Cabaret Festival is such an important event for Toronto:BWW Exclusive Interview: Louise Pitre talks MAMMA MIA! Reunion to Benefit Fife House
October 22, 2013
Production of MAMMA MIA reunite for a one-night only benefit in support of FIFE HOUSE. They are a not for profit organization that seeks to provide secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The event will feature none other than Louise Pitre in the lead role of 'Donna', one in which she originated here in Toronto and then later took to the Great White Way. BWW sat down to talk to Louise about her favourite Mamma Mia memories, walking the boards on Broadway, meeting Meryl Streep and more.