BWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is Phenomenal
(8/1/2015) - This season, audiences are being thrilled by a phenomenal production of OEDIPUS REX at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre to thunderous applause. Superb performances by all bolstered this production of the famous play by Sophocles to the top of my 'Must See' list for this season.
THE ODD COUPLE Comes to Dunfield Theatre Cambridge This August
(7/31/2015) - After a wildly successful world premiere run of Canadian Legends, the laughter continues this summer at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge with a classic comedy about mismatched roommates. The popular play The Odd Couple will keep audiences in stitches for three weeks only, August 12 to August 29.
BWW EXCLUSIVE: A CHORUS LINE's 'Casey' Speaks! Hunter Agnew Talks Gender-Bended Canadian Production
(8/3/2015) - One of the hottest stories of the summer has been Canadian regional theater Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions' game-changing and gender-bended mounting of classic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A CHORUS LINE featuring a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, now referred to as Casey. Today, Kingston actor Hunter Agnew speaks exclusively to BroadwayWorld about how he became involved in the production, the revolutionary take on the show envisioned by the creative team for this production as well as his own thoughts on portraying a character traditionally played by an actress - of course, Broadway legend Donna McKechnie famously originally essayed the part and won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress In A Musical for her efforts. Go inside the production and learn all about a buzz-worthy new take on a familiar classic below and be sure to check out BroadwayWorld's previous coverage of the production that closed late last month, available here.
SPRING AWAKENING Begins Tonight at Randolph Theatre
(7/30/2015) - With its contemporary folk score and soulful coming-of-age story, Spring Awakening literally rocked Broadway when it premiered nine years ago and redefined rock musicals with its provocative exploration of the journey from adolescence to adulthood. The show has been making headlines lately with the just announced return to Broadway this fall for its first-ever revival in a ground-breaking production from Deaf West Theatre. But this July, Toronto's Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts will offer its own twist on the iconic musical, under the direction of Anne-Marie Donovan and music direction of Lily Ling (music director, John and Jen, Off-Broadway Revival). Spring Awakening runs tonight, July 30 - August 8, 2015 at the Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
Taylor Kitsch to Hit the Stage at TIFF's Top Ten Event in L.A., 7/30
(7/28/2015) - TIFF announced today that Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch will be featured in a special "In Conversation With…" event hosted by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, on July 30 in Los Angeles. This event is part of the international tour of TIFF's Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, and is presented in partnership with Film Independent at LACMA. Established by TIFF in 2001, the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian achievements in film.
Smith & Sholdice's FURY Premieres at The Blyth Festival Tonight
(7/29/2015) - The Blyth Festival continues its 41st Season with the world premiere of a new musical, Fury, written by Peter Smith with music by Samuel Sholdice. Directed by Micheline Chevrier, Fury plays at Blyth Memorial Hall from tonight, July 29 to September 12.
Former Head of Stratford Festival, Robin Phillips Has Died
(7/26/2015) - BroadwayWorld has learned that English actor/director Robin Phillips has died. Best known as a driving force behind the revitalization of Ontario's Stratford Festival in the 1970s, Phillips passed away yesterday, July 25, following a prolonged illness. He was 73.
Drayton Festival Theatre to Present THE MUSIC MAN
(7/24/2015) - Sound the trombones! Join the parade and march on over to the Drayton Festival Theatre for a beloved Broadway classic in celebration of the theatre's 25th Anniversary. Meredith Willson's The Music Man is guaranteed to hit a high note as it entertains audiences of all ages from August 5th to August 29th.
Blyth Festival to Present MARY'S WEDDING, 8/5-9/12
(7/24/2015) - This summer, Blyth audiences have the chance to see one of Canada's most beloved plays of all time: Mary's Wedding by Stephen Massicotte. Two time winner of the Betty Mitchell Award, and recipient of the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, Mary's Wedding has been seen and celebrated all over the English speaking world in nearly a hundred productions... but never before in Blyth. Directed by Gil Garratt, Blyth's Artistic Director, Mary's Wedding stars Sophia Walker as Mary and Eli Ham as Charlie and plays in Blyth Memorial Hall from August 5 to September 12. Tickets are available by calling Blyth Festival's Box Office at 519.523.9300, Toll Free 1.877.862.5984 or online at blythfestival.com.
Photo Flash: Patrick Stewart Performs at Montreal's JUST FOR LAUGHS
(7/24/2015) - Patrick Stewart graced the stage of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal this week, and BroadwayWorld's Racheal McCaig was on hand to snap these exclusive photos! Check them out below. Tony nominee Stewart, known to many as Star Trek's 'Captain Jean-Luc Picard', has graced the New York stage in A Life in the Theatre, Macbeth, The Caretaker, A Christmas Carol, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night's Dream. After a start with the RSC, Stewart went on to appear in West End productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Hamlet and many more.