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KING LEAR Extends at Stratford Festival Through 10/25KING LEAR Extends at Stratford Festival Through 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino's King Lear, starring Colm Feore, is entering the record books as one of the Festival's top-selling Shakespeare productions of all time. To meet the overwhelming demand for tickets, the production is being extended until October 25. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'
by Lauren Gienow - Aug 18, 2014

THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino opened to raucous laughter and thunderous applause Friday night at the Stratford Festival. With a cast like this, I would not expect anything less. This fun and thoughtful restoration comedy by George Farquhar, presents audiences with many players, harboring many talents... leading to many laughs. Needless to say, I suspect MANY tickets will be sold. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stratford's KING LEARBWW Reviews: Stratford's KING LEAR
by Mary Alderson - May 29, 2014

Love between parents and their offspring should be unconditional. As soon as King Lear puts conditions on the love of his daughters, his life unravels: he goes mad. But what really drives him crazy? Is it remorse resulting from his bad decisions? Is it stress, worrying about his daughters? Or is simply old age - dementia or perhaps Alzheimer's? Colm Feore has blended all three, in a gritty portrayal of Lear. One of Shakespeare's tragedies, this play opens the 2014 season at Stratford Festival. Feore is impressive as Lear with an equally good cast in this superior production. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Toronto Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Ramin Karimloo Leads!BroadwayWorld Toronto Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Ramin Karimloo Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Toronto! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Toronto Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/14 - Numbers Leads Best Community!Toronto Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/14 - Numbers Leads Best Community!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2013

Voting is now underway for Toronto! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards Update 11/29 - Ramin Karimloo Gobbling Up!Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards Update 11/29 - Ramin Karimloo Gobbling Up!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Voting is now underway for Toronto! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Toronto Update 11/25 - Mirvish Dominating!BroadwayWorld Toronto Update 11/25 - Mirvish Dominating!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

Voting is now underway for Toronto! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BWW Special Feature: Jeff Madden is UnCoveredBWW Special Feature: Jeff Madden is UnCovered
by Jeff Madden - Nov 15, 2013

Acting Up Stage, one of Toronto's top musical theatre companies, kicks off their 10th anniversary season November 18 with its annual smash tribute concert, UnCovered: Sting and The Police. 10 of Canada's top Musical Theatre vocalists will perform 19 of Sting's hit songs, featuring new arrangements by Music Director Reza Jacobs. BWW's own Jeff Madden is thrilled to be a featured vocalist at this concert, and to give an inside look into how this show gets brought to life, through the eyes of a performer. (more...)

Colm Feore to Lead Stratford Festival's KING LEAR; Key Casting Announced for Full SeasonColm Feore to Lead Stratford Festival's KING LEAR; Key Casting Announced for Full Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2013

Stratford Festival Announced it's key casting for their 2014 Season, starting with King Lear, featuring Stephen Ouimette as the Fool and Colm Feore as King Lear. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Stratford Festival Should Not be Missed!BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Stratford Festival Should Not be Missed!
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 9, 2013

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE-arguably William Shakespeare's most controversial play, is being tackled this season at the Stratford Festival for the first time since 2007. Under the direction of (Artistic Director) ANTONI CIMOLINO, this production does not shy away from the controversial nature of many characters' anti-Semitic views, and in fact, highlights the danger of such views by placing this production in a timeline leading up to the Holocaust. The constant reminder of what is to come provides a dark and almost eerie backdrop to this production, creating a thought-provoking dark 'comedy' for the ages. (more...)

BWW Special Feature: Toronto Fringe Wrap-UpBWW Special Feature: Toronto Fringe Wrap-Up
by Kelly Cameron - Jul 16, 2013

The 25th Anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival wrapped up an incredible ten days in our glorious city this past Sunday night, marking a record year in terms of opening 4 day profit despite challenges such as flooding and power outages cancelling shows and closing down theatres. The city came alive with 148 shows performing in venues across the city, selling 57,182 tickets and returning $433,027 to artists. In addition, there were 200 completely sold-out performances, and many shows which were incredibly close. The joy of Fringing is the hidden gems that you discover, and I'm pleased to report I discovered two this year in Bremen Rock Musical and We Are the Bomb. In addition, there are many excellent shows headed uptown for Best of Fringe which begins in 2 days! (more...)

Adrian Marchuk's THE SWEETEST SOUNDS Comes to Birdland TonightAdrian Marchuk's THE SWEETEST SOUNDS Comes to Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2013

Journey through the last one hundred years of musical theatre through the lives and music of Richard Rodgers (Oklahoma, The Sound of Music), his daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon A Mattress) and his grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) in The Sweetest Sounds: A Century of Song from Rodgers to Guettell, a musical retrospective of one of Broadway's most important and enduring musical families. Conceived and written by Adrian Marchuk, the show will be presented for one exclusive performance at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street- between 8th & 9th Avenues) tonight, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30). (more...)

Adrian Marchuk's THE SWEETEST SOUNDS Comes to Birdland, 2/3Adrian Marchuk's THE SWEETEST SOUNDS Comes to Birdland, 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

Journey through the last one hundred years of musical theatre through the lives and music of Richard Rodgers (Oklahoma, The Sound of Music), his daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon A Mattress) and his grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) in The Sweetest Sounds: A Century of Song from Rodgers to Guettell, a musical retrospective of one of Broadway's most important and enduring musical families. Conceived and written by Adrian Marchuk, the show will be presented for one exclusive performance at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street- between 8th & 9th Avenues) on Sunday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. (more...)

Blue Balloon Productions to Present Sara Farb's R-E-B-E-C-C-A Workshop, 1/29-31Blue Balloon Productions to Present Sara Farb's R-E-B-E-C-C-A Workshop, 1/29-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2013

Blue Balloon Productions is proud to present a production workshop presentation of R-E-B-E-C-C-A, written and performed by Sara Farb. This unique solo piece is based on her sister who was born seven weeks prematurely in the month of May, and was diagnosed as mentally retarded at a very young age. The story centres on this real-life Rebecca, as well as on an alternate Rebecca - the one that might have been, had she been born in July - as they celebrate their respective 18th birthdays. These two Rebeccas, although universes apart, ultimately manage to find a connection and unite in a strange and powerful way. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Thom Allison Talks SHUT UP! IT'S CHRISTMAS!BWW Interviews: Thom Allison Talks SHUT UP! IT'S CHRISTMAS!
by Kelly Cameron - Dec 14, 2012

Thom Allison has had a very successful year, receiving rave reviews for his performance in Shaw Festival's Ragtime and guest judging on the CBC hit 'Over the Rainbow'. This holiday season he returns to his first love of cabaret with a special performance entitled 'Shut Up! It's Christmas!' at Buddies in Bad Times. He spoke to BWW about what cabaret means to him, how much he loves Christmas and whether he's been naughty or nice. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIESPhoto Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
by Kelly Cameron - Nov 29, 2012

This past Monday, stars of Toronto's theatre scene joined together for a fundraiser in support of Acting Up Stage, a 'modern musical theatre' company in Toronto. Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus once again teamed with Musical Director Reza Jacobs to create an evening filled with unique songs by popular composers. Tapestries featured the music of Carole King and James Taylor and included stars such as Cynthia Dale, Jake Epstein, Josh Young and more. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers photos from the special evening. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Reza Jacobs on Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIESBWW Interviews: Reza Jacobs on Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
by Kelly Cameron - Nov 24, 2012

Acting Up Stage presents TAPESTRIES this Monday, a unique concert featurin the music of Carole King and James Taylor as arranged by Reza Jacobs. These concerts take place once a year and feature some of Canada's best and brightest musical theatre talent paying tribute to some of the most well-known and loved music of the past century. This year's show features Cynthia Dale, Josh Young, Jake Epstein, Arlene Duncan, Sterling Jarvis and more. Reza spoke to BWW about how he goes about putting the show together, how he feels about Toronto's musical theatre landscape and why people should come see the show. (more...)

Clearwater Theatre Company Presents NEXT TO NORMAL, June 8-17Clearwater Theatre Company Presents NEXT TO NORMAL, June 8-17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2012

Clearwater Theatre Company presents Next to Normal, the Pulitzer Prize winning musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Next to Normal will be playing at the Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, at Bathurst and Dupont. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Chatting with the Youth of Toronto's NEXT TO NORMALBWW Interviews: Chatting with the Youth of Toronto's NEXT TO NORMAL
by Kelly Cameron - Jun 13, 2012

Next to Normal is a Pulitzer Prize winning musical that deals with love, loss, grief, mental illness and overcoming the hard obstacles many of us face in our lives. Last seen in Toronto this past summer, Clearwater Theatre is putting on a regional production this week at The Tarragon Theatre. BWW sat down to speak with the six person cast about what the show means to them, and why they think people should see it. Today we're speaking with Sara Farb who plays Natalie, James Daly who plays Gabe and Andre Morin who plays Henry. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Love, Loss and the Power of Musicals with the Cast of NEXT TO NORMALBWW Interviews: Love, Loss and the Power of Musicals with the Cast of NEXT TO NORMAL
by Kelly Cameron - Jun 12, 2012

Next to Normal is a Pulitzer Prize winning musical that deals with love, loss, grief, mental illness and overcoming the hard obstacles many of us face in our lives. Last seen in Toronto this past summer, Clearwater Theatre is putting on a regional production this week at The Tarragon Theatre. BWW sat down to speak with the six person cast about what the show means to them, and why they think people should see it. Today we're speaking with Kathryn Akin who plays Diana, Adrian Marchuk who plays Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine and Jay Davis who plays Dan. (more...)

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