BWW Recap: Alan Henry on 'A Year With BroadwayWorld'
This week marks the end of my first year with BroadwayWorld. Writing for BroadwayWorld has given me the opportunity to do some incredible things that not many theater fans get to do. To celebrate the end of my first year, I thought I'd curate a list of some of my favorite events that I've been able to attend, and some of my favorite articles!
1. My First Review (Ever!)
Read it Here! - The first show I reviewed for BroadwayWorld Toronto was a Ballet by the internationally known Eifman Ballet at the Sony Centre. The title of the show was Rodin, and it was an incredible start to my career as a reviewer.
2. Cats the Musical in Toronto
Summer came around and it was time for Cats to return to Toronto, produced by Marlene Smith, who also produced the original Canadian production. I was fortunate to be able to do a backstage photo feature, interviews with the star, Ma Anne Dionisio, and review the production!
3. Mirvish 50th Season Announcement
This event was incredible fun to attend, a real treat! Not only did I get a seat right next to David Mirvish, but before the event he told me funny anecdotes from theatre seasons past and lessons he learned from his dad. After toasting 50 years of Mirvish theatres, I also had the opportunity of interviewing the cats and creative teams of numerous shows that would be playing Toronto during the 50th season.
4. Les Miserables Press Preview
This was my first ever "behind-the-scenes" event and I was incredible excited to get a sneak peek at the show during rehearsals. I also had a chance to interview some cast members, including Ramin Karimloo (currently wowing audiences as Jean Valjean on Broadway), Samantha Hill (also reprising her role of Cosette, currently on Broadway), Perry Sherman, and Lisa Horner.
5. Aladdin in Toronto
Of course, Aladdin is currently wowing audiences on Broadway - but it got it's start during an out-of-town tryout in Toronto. This show was full of fun and magic, and was definitely one of my favorite shows thus far in the 2013-2014 theater season.
6. Interviewing Elvis Stojko after his Broadway Debut
A very recent article was my interview with Elvis Stojko the morning after his Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. Stojko start performances in the Toronto production of Chicago tonight! Stojko and I also spoke about what it's like rehearsing for a Broadway show, and compared training for the Olympics with performing on Broadway. Read the interview here.
For those who've followed our work here at BroadwayWorld Toronto and who've sent some really touching messages to me this week, I want to thank you! BroadwayWorld Toronto would be nowhere without our readers! I also want to thank all of our regular contributors and guest contributors who help make BroadwayWorld Toronto the most comprehensive resource for Toronto theater on the internet!
See you at the theater!