Canadian Stage & The Musical Stage Company present Sharron Matthew's GIRL CRUSH

Canadian Stage & The Musical Stage Company present Sharron Matthew's GIRL CRUSHThe Musical Stage Company (formerly Acting Up Stage Company) & Canadian Stage present the Toronto premiere of SharRon Matthews' dynamite cabaret GIRL CRUSH, fresh off its highly acclaimed runs in New York City and Calgary. GIRL CRUSH will play for one night only at Toronto's High Park Amphitheatre on July 24, 2017 at 8 PM.

SharRon Matthews has been lauded not only for her cabaret work (named "Best of the Fest" two years running by the Scotsman Newspaper at the Edinburgh Fringe) but also for her celebration of her own shape and form. Sharron developed the ground-breaking body and life celebrating cabaret GIRL CRUSH that premiered in April 2017 with a three-week run at Calgary's Lunch Box Theatre.

GIRL CRUSH weaves the re-imagined music of well-known artists including Kim Carnes, The Police, Blondie, Rick Springfield, Beyoncé, and Cyndi Lauper into relatable tales of heartbreak, obsession, awe, and love. This inspiring and hysterical musical journey is a moving cabaret tour de force.

GIRL CRUSH creator and star SharRon Matthews says,"GIRL CRUSH is a cabaret with a song and a story for everyone, it is a cabaret that will awaken your heart and mind...it is a cabaret that is filled with some of your favourite songs as you have never heard them before. I can't wait to finally bring this show to Toronto and couldn't be more excited to do so at the High Park Amphitheatre."

The Musical Stage Company Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus says, "What could be better than an al fresco evening with the 'Canadian Goddess of Cabaret'? I am thrilled to be working with Canadian Stage to present Sharron Matthew's GIRL CRUSH in the High Park Amphitheatre, home to Shakespeare in High Park, a uniquely Torontonian and warmly welcoming venue. Sharron is an infectious performer with a gift for weaving song and storytelling into a highly engaging and very moving experience. GIRL CRUSH is a hilarious and deeply resonant experience and I am so delighted that Toronto audiences will finally get to see what audiences in New York and Calgary have been raving about."

Tickets:
Tickets are $30 (Artsworker/Students: $20). Tickets are available by phone at 416.368.3110, online at www.canadianstage.com, or in person at the Canadian Stage box office. This is a General Admission event.

About Girl Crush
Created & Performed by: SharRon Matthews
Musician: Kevin Ramessar
Creative Consultant: Mark Bellamy
Arrangements: Wayne Gwillim
Developed, in part, with Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, AB
Co-Presented by The Musical Stage Company & Canadian Stage

Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission
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Twitter/Instagram: @MusicalStageCo @canadianstage
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About SharRon Matthews
SharRon Matthews is perhaps best known around the world as "Joan the secretary," serving up comedic gold and playing opposite Tina Fey in the film Mean Girls, but it's her internationally acclaimed cabarets that leave audiences begging for more. Sharron has created and starred in several full-length cabarets, performing across Canada, the US, in Edinburgh, London, and Cape Town. Among her many accolades, Sharron was named "Woman of the Year" in 2012 by UK's The New Current, Scotsman's "Best Of The Fest" at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2011) and "#1 Cabaret in New York City" by NiteLife Exchange (2010). Last year Sharron headlined Ottawa's CRACKUP comedy festival in which she was featured at two Gala arena shows performing for over 3500 people each night. Her latest cabaret GIRL CRUSH premiered in April 2017 at Calgary's Lunch Box theatre and played for three weeks and then had it's New York City premiere at 54 Below in May 2017, for which it was chosen as one of the Critic's Pick in Time Out New York.

Sharron's stage credits include Lottie in Hal Prince's Showboat, Madame Thernardier in Les Miserables (opposite Colm Wilkinson and Sutton Foster), the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Babette in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (Dora Award nomination), and as part of the powerhouse ensemble in Love Loss And What I Wore (alongside Andrea Martin). On the small screen, SharRon May be seen in a principal role in NBC's Taken. Previously Sharron hosted, co-wrote and consulted on Slice TV'sMEME gURL in 2016 and starred on Global TV's hit reality show, Canada Sings, for two seasons (nominated for the prestigious Realscreen Award). Mostly recently Sharron filmed the movie Buckout Road starring Danny Glover and Evan Ross. From 2013 to 2016, Sharron was Canada' s first Cabaret-Artist-In-Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

Sharron looks forward to debuting her cabaret for kids, Unapologetically Me, after three years of development, at Canada's prestigious Young People's Theatre in October 2017. www.sharronmatthews.com PDF PRESS RELEASE & PHOTOGRAPHY


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