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Isabella Perrone

Isabella Perrone

Isabella Perrone is a writer with a love for musicals and theatre that goes all the way back to her childhood. Born and raised in St. Catharines, ON, she would blast Broadway cast albums at home on Saturday mornings and in the family minivan until she knew them by heart. She fell in love with arts journalism in high school when her local newspaper started a program to get young writers attending and reviewing local theatrical productions. 

That opportunity led her to pursue and complete a degree in Journalism at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, surrounded by the largest theatre district in Canada. After finishing school in 2018, she joined BroadwayWorld and completed the Emerging Arts Critics programme to develop her abilities as an arts writer. Isabella's goal is to use her current position as BroadwayWorld Toronto's Lead Editor to promote live theatre and get more people interested in Toronto's thriving arts scene.


Review: CHOIR BOY Strikes All The Right Chords At The Bluma Appel Theatre,
November 16, 2022

As far as coming-of-age stories go, many are predictable and follow a pretty standard template. Thankfully for CHOIR BOY, written by acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, the story maintains all the charms of the genre while still embarking on a more unique take.

Review: MEAN GIRLS Gets Fetching Stage Adaptation That'll Thrill Fans of The Film
November 1, 2022

Mirvish’s production of MEAN GIRLS brings the cult-classic film to life, packed full of iconic lines, loveable characters, and featuring a soundtrack full of funny, new music.

Review: CARMEN Burns Bright in Canadian Opera Company's Latest Production
October 25, 2022

Quite possibly one of the best known opera comiques, CARMEN has returned to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts’ stage in a bright blaze.

Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN is a Haunting, Stunning Retelling of The Classic Folk Tale
October 12, 2022

The Canadian Opera Company’s 2010 production of Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN has sailed back to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts’ stage. Originally directed by Christopher Alden, this production sees Marilyn Gronsdal take the helm.

Review: Sharp concept helps keep THE SHARK IS BROKEN afloat
October 3, 2022

What do you get when you place three actors at varying points in their careers on a boat, anchor them in the Atlantic Ocean, add a faulty mechanical shark to the equation, and delay shooting for weeks on end?

Review: When it rains, it pours - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN makes a splash in Toronto
October 2, 2022

In a world where films are constantly being adapted for the stage, it’s refreshing to see a stage production that came from a movie and still shines like the sun on a rainy day, despite the difference in medium.

Review: & JULIET is an Empowering Celebration of Life, Love, and the Freedom to Be Yourself
July 10, 2022

Gone are the days where Juliet is a tragic, gone-to-soon character in a Shakespeare play; she’s given a new lease on life in a new musical, with a diverse cast of characters and enough pop power anthems to have audiences dancing in their seats, no matter their age.

Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Bewitches In Canadian Premiere
June 20, 2022

Mirvish has brought a truly spellbinding production to the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre this season. After over two years sitting empty, the theatre was packed on an opening weekend showing of the latest show in their 2022 season: the Canadian premiere of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE Soars in New National Ballet of Canada Production
June 14, 2022

It’s been nearly two years since the National Ballet of Canada had planned on premiering their new SWAN LAKE, but in this case late is definitely better than never. The stunning new production, directed by former Artistic Director Karen Kain, has finally arrived on the Four Seasons Centre’s stage.  

BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE makes a triumphant return to Toronto
May 9, 2022

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Mozart’s work live, there’s no time like the present to do so in Toronto. The Canadian Opera Company has brought their acclaimed production of THE MAGIC FLUTE back - delayed after a few years of theatre shut-downs, but better late than never in the case of this fantastical, funny, and thought-provoking story.

BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA's Powerhouse Cast and Crew Provide a Timeless, Stunning Production of The Verdi Classic at the Canadian Opera Company
April 27, 2022

The Canadian Opera Company marked its return-to-stage after nearly two years with this all-around stunning production of one of Verdi’s most well-known works. Clocking in at just shy of three hours, the four-act opera tells the tale of Parisian courtesan Violetta (Amina Edris, making her COC debut) and her lover Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani).

BWW Review: Jake Epstein offers audiences a glimpse behind the curtain in BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY
April 25, 2022

“What do you do when life disappoints you?” is the question asked in the program of Jake Epstein’s BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY. For Epstein, his life and career have been intertwined since childhood, with his dreams of performing woven into many choices he’s made.

BWW Review: PIPELINE Lays Bare the Effects of Institutionalized Racism on Education Systems
April 16, 2022

What lengths would a mother go to to save her son and his future? In PIPELINE, there doesn’t seem to be a limit.

BWW Review: ROOM is a Heartwarming, Heart-Wrenching Adaptation That Feels Right at Home On Stage
April 16, 2022

Adopted for the stage by Emma Donoghue, the writer of the novel, ROOM is a 2-act spectacle full of imaginative creative choices, heart wrenching performances, and original music.

BWW Review: MORPHS Shines Brightest In Its Simplest Moments
April 8, 2022

The work soared when its highly skilled dancers were given the chance to show off their control; however, the production struggled to maintain its original ideas as it moved further from dance and towards more theatrical components.

BWW Review: Daniel Brooks's OTHER PEOPLE offers a deeply introspective look into his life
March 26, 2022

Nothing is guaranteed in life - not our relationships, our health, the time we get, or even how we’ll be remembered once we’re gone. In Daniel Brooks’ latest work OTHER PEOPLE, he ruminates on all of the above (and more) in the context of his participation in a 10-day silent meditation retreat.

BWW Interview: David Newman on The “miracle” of West Side Story
January 20, 2022

How do you solve a problem like having to adapt some of Broadway's greatest known music for the silver screen?

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT Takes on A New Life in This Radical Retelling
October 4, 2021

It’s unlikely that there’s ever been a production of AS YOU LIKE IT quite like this. Presented by Crow’s Theatre, Cliff Cardinal’s adaptation is promoted as a “radical retelling”—which is an apt descriptor, as it’s as unexpected as it is engaging.

BWW Interview: Esie Mensah on the Risks, Rewards, and Necessity of TESSEL
May 30, 2021

Esie Mensah's new work TESSEL premieres on June 1, 2021—the first anniversary of Blackout Tuesday. The short film features 14 pioneering Black artists, including Mensah, who are given a space to share their stories and lived experiences.

BWW Interview: Vivek Shraya on HOW TO FAIL AS A POPSTAR's Journey From the Stage to the Page
February 27, 2021

It’s been a little over a year since Vivek Shraya’s one-woman show HOW TO FAIL AS A POPSTAR debuted in front of a live audience. In that time, she’s released a novel, an anniversary edition of her 2010 collection of short stories ‘God Loves Hair’, and is just days away from the release of her latest project: a written adaptation of the play.