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.

 




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bursts with 
Emotion in the Hands of a Stellar CastBWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bursts with Emotion in the Hands of a Stellar Cast
Posted: Oct. 8, 2019


BWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done RightBWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done Right
Posted: Oct. 16, 2019


BWW Review: Inclusivity raises up a roaring production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOWBWW Review: Inclusivity raises up a roaring production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019


BWW Review: The Complex Female Relationship in PIAF/DIETRICH Lifts the Show to Stunning Emotional HeightsBWW Review: The Complex Female Relationship in PIAF/DIETRICH Lifts the Show to Stunning Emotional Heights
Posted: Sep. 27, 2019


BWW Review: IF I COULD #THROWBACK TIME is a Love Letter to the Past and a Stark Reminder of Our PresentBWW Review: IF I COULD #THROWBACK TIME is a Love Letter to the Past and a Stark Reminder of Our Present
Posted: Oct. 12, 2019


BWW Review: Complex Themes and Sharp Dialogue Make for a Cutting Production of KNIVES IN HENSBWW Review: Complex Themes and Sharp Dialogue Make for a Cutting Production of KNIVES IN HENS
Posted: Sep. 27, 2019


BWW Interview: Taylor Long On BOTH 3.0 And Growing Up With - And Giving Back To - The War Amps Of CanadaBWW Interview: Taylor Long On BOTH 3.0 And Growing Up With - And Giving Back To - The War Amps Of Canada
Posted: Sep. 24, 2019


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BWW Interview: E. Clayton Cornelious on How Destiny Lead Him to AIN'T TOO PROUDInterview: Cornelious on How Destiny Lead Him to AIN'T TOO PROUD
Posted: Nov. 5, 2018


BWW Interview: Damien Atkins on Aliens, UFOs, and His Examination of Extraterrestrial Encounters for WE ARE NOT ALONEBWW Interview: Damien Atkins on Aliens, UFOs, and His Examination of Extraterrestrial Encounters for WE ARE NOT ALONE
Posted: Jan. 9, 2019


BWW Review: UNCOVERED: JONI MITCHELL & CAROLE KING Re-imagines the 21st Century's Biggest Singer-Songwriter HitsBWW Review: UNCOVERED: JONI MITCHELL & CAROLE KING Re-imagines the 21st Century's Biggest Singer-Songwriter Hits
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Second City Toronto's Hilarious Ensemble Struts Their Stuff in WALKING ON BOMBSHELLSBWW Review: Second City Toronto's Hilarious Ensemble Struts Their Stuff in WALKING ON BOMBSHELLS
Posted: Mar. 24, 2019


BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bursts with 
Emotion in the Hands of a Stellar CastBWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bursts with Emotion in the Hands of a Stellar Cast
Posted: Oct. 8, 2019


BWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done RightBWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done Right
Posted: Oct. 16, 2019


BWW Review: CATACLYSM's Outdoor Staging Makes For a Spooky Evening Out
October 20, 2019

Classic horror movie tropes meet an inclusive, immersive experience in Aberrant Theatre's second annual Ghost Light Anthology production, CATACLYSM. The story follows a group of former campers and their counsellor as they return to their old haunt after a tragic incident. As they're reunited, old tensions and rivalries are rekindled and create a powder keg of an environmenta?'and that's when things start getting weird.

BWW Interview: Beyond Mental Borders' Armand Antony & Alexandra Brynn Are Redefining Mentalism In Toronto
October 18, 2019

As they near the end of their first year, Beyond Mental Bordersa?"comprised of Armand Antony and Alexandra Brynna?"has seen their act go farther than they could have anticipated. Their live show CONNECTION, held twice monthly at The Rec Room, has become a largely popular event that's sold out for the last few months with no sign of slowing down.

BWW Review: IN THIS HOUSE  Is An Honest Take On Millennials And Mental Health
October 17, 2019

Talk Like You Theatre's IN THIS HOUSE, premiering at the Rendezvous With Madness Festival, explores the lives of four 20-something roommates living downtown. The house is old and owned by the introverted Minka (Ciana Henderson), who received it from her grandparents, but the cost of living leads her to find a few roommates to fill the place. Enter Charlie (Jonathan Sconza), the story's anxious narrator; Remi (Rosie Callaghan), an aspiring musician who works at a bar; and Jinx (Astrid Atherly), a psychology PhD candidate-slash-burlesque dancer. As the four learn to live with and love one another, they're also confronted by harsh realities: mental illness, suicide, and illness lurk in the corners of every conversation until given the chance to burst forth.

BWW Review: RUSALKA is a Shining Example of a Dark Fairy-Tale Opera Done Right
October 16, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company's RUSALKA utilizes Lyric Opera's 2014 production under the direction of Sir David McVicar, making his COC debut. This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid' draws on a more sinister angle of the folk tale than what most people might know, utilizing composer Antonín Dvořák's multi-faceted score to convey emotion and fantasy at the leadership of conductor Johannes Debus.

BWW Review: THE FLICK Explores The Anxieties And Issues Of Working-Class Young Adults
October 14, 2019

Set in one of the last American cinemas with a 35mm projection system, THE FLICK examines the lives of three employees who are struggling with romantic relationships, finances, family, and themselves. It's a bleak look at life that suggests some interesting perspectives, although a lengthy runtime makes for a long, sometimes uncomfortable watch.

BWW Review: Against the Grain Theatre Champions Accessibility in Their Cozy, Emotional LA BOHÈME
October 14, 2019

One of the most unique opera experiences in Toronto this year is that of a classic story brought to life in a dive bar. The Tranzac Club's unassuming entry makes it easy to miss if you aren't looking for it, but upon entering the building there's an unshakeable feeling that something special is happening within.

BWW Review: IF I COULD #THROWBACK TIME is a Love Letter to the Past and a Stark Reminder of Our Present
October 12, 2019

It's not unusual for The Second City to take a political angle with their sketch comedy, and their latest revue is no exception. Climate change, racism, sexism and Canada's long history of genocide are all fair gamea?"and in the hands of director Rob Baker and the talented mainstage ensemble, there's a perfect balance between funny and frightening.

BWW Review: Carmen Aguirre Breaks Down Her Life Story Through Dance in BROKEN TAILBONE
October 8, 2019

In Nightswimming's BROKEN TAILBONE, presented by Factory Theatre, playwright and performer Carmen Aguirre does double duty as a dance and history instructor. A traditional seated theatre is swapped for a bare dancefloor, with a handful of chairs against the walls and a bar at the back of the room. Pulsating lights (lighting design by Michelle Ramsay) and steady beats (sound design by Pedro Chamale) are the final pieces that turn the space into a Latinx dancehall, where over the course of the 80-minute performance, Aguirre teaches the basics of salsa, meringue, and twerkinga?"among other popular dance stylesa?"while constantly connecting each type to an experience from her personal history.

BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bursts with Emotion in the Hands of a Stellar Cast
October 8, 2019

Set in Bob Dylan's hometown of Duluth, Minnesota in 1934, writer and director Conor McPherson's GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY is equal parts bleak and beautiful. The busy story centers on the Laine family and their guest house; stressed father and husband Nick (Donald Sage MacKay) is busy caring for his wife Elizabeth (Katie Brayben), whose dementia has progressed to the point where she's like a rowdy child with a sailor's mouth. His issues double with their children Gene (Colin Bates), an alcoholic, would-be writer and Marianne (Gloria Obianyo), their adopted Black daughter who's several months pregnant.

BWW Review: Inclusivity raises up a roaring production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
October 7, 2019

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, produced by Hart House theatre and directed by Jennifer Walls, takes everything fans love about the cult classic musical and film and brings it to glorious, vulgar life on stage. The beloved story opens on the recently engaged Brad (William Mackenzie) and Janet (Katie Miller), who become stranded in the middle of nowhere on a cold, stormy night after their car breaks down. They head to a castle they had passed by to use the phone, but this is where any similarities to the cliché horror story end. They're brought into the castle by a motley crew of servants, led by siblings Riff Raff (Ian Backstrom) and Magenta (Rachel Hart, who also plays an Usherette at the start and end of the show) where they witness first hand the creation of new life by the master of the house, self-proclaimed a?oesweet transvestitea?? scientist Frank 'N' Furter (Chris Tsujiuchi).

BWW Review: The Complex Female Relationship in PIAF/DIETRICH Lifts the Show to Stunning Emotional Heights
September 27, 2019

The names Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich still hold weight decades after their glory days, and Mirvish's production of PIAF/DIETRICH (directed by Gordon Greenberg) makes it easy to understand why. The sheer star power of the two titular women, embodied here by a powerhouse cast and set at major points in each one's personal lives is the kind of complicated, beautiful story of female relationships that the world needs now more than ever.

BWW Review: Fantasy, Thrilling Feats, and a Lovable Clown Couple Usher ALEGRIA Into a New Era
September 27, 2019

The reimagining of Cirque du Soleil's ALEGRIA: IN A NEW LIGHT features all the spectacle and intrigue that the company is famous for, with a few updates that are sure to win over the hearts of even the most hardcore fans of its original staging. This time around, the story of balance and harmony draws on the aesthetics of a Venetian carnival (costumes by Dominique Lemeiux), with Game of Thrones-esque sets (Anne-Séguin Poirier) and a healthy dose of purely fantastical designs to transport audiences to the world of the show's characters.

BWW Review: Complex Themes and Sharp Dialogue Make for a Cutting Production of KNIVES IN HENS
September 27, 2019

The examination of existence, language, and self is nothing new within the walls of a theatre, but KNIVES IN HENS manages to expand on all these themes a?" and then some a?" using straightforward and highly effective text in this new production of the 1995 David Harrower play.

BWW Interview: Taylor Long On BOTH 3.0 And Growing Up With - And Giving Back To - The War Amps Of Canada
September 24, 2019


BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT is a Quiet, Gorgeous Study of Human Connection
September 21, 2019

The premise is simple: it's the 90s and the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra is travelling from Egypt to Petah Tikva to perform in a concert. Due to a language barrier, they end up in the tiny desert town of Bet Hatikva with little money, no hotel to check into, and a full day's wait until the next bus out of town. The next ninety minutes follow members of the band as they explore the town with their hosts. Café owner Dina (Chilina Kennedy), her employee Papi (Adam Gabay) and patron Itzik (Pomme Koch) each take a few members of the orchestra with them, and each provide a different look into Bet Hatikva, its residents, and their struggles. In its Toronto premiere this 10-time Tony winning musical, based on the film of the same name, is directed by David Cromer and presented by Mirvish.

BWW Review: NO FOREIGNERS examines culture and identity from within a fantastical Chinese mall
September 21, 2019

A shopping mall is an ambitious setting for a play, and a Chinese mall perhaps even more so given the cultural significance they have for their communities. NO FOREIGNERS attempts (and does well) to weave between lore, existentialism, comedy, and myth, revealing the struggle many people face when trying to find their identities in an ever-changing world.

BWW Review: AMERICAN SON's urgency and powerhouse cast make the best of this stage-to-screen transition
September 17, 2019

AMERICAN SON is the most recent Broadway-based story to be reimagined for film, but what makes it particularly special is the fact play's original cast reprise their roles, allowing audiences the chance to take in the timely story and gripping performances from the comfort of their homes. Adapted from Christopher Demos-Brown's play and directed by Kenny Leon (who also directed the stage production in New York), AMERICAN SON is a dialogue-driven examination of racism, police and civilian relations, and Black identity set in a Floridian police station.

BWW Review: Emotion, autonomy and passion reign in Soulpepper's BETRAYAL
September 5, 2019

Considered one of Pinter's most popular works, BETRAYAL tells the story of an affair in reverse. Directed by Andrea Donaldson, this Soulpepper production remains set in the 1970s a?" the same era it was written in a?" and is a gripping thriller centered around human emotion and autonomy.

BWW Review: Friendship And Artistic Philosophies Collide And Charm in ART
August 20, 2019

In Soulpepper's production of the 1998 Best Play Tony winner ART, written by Yasmina Reza and directed here by Philip Akin, the friendship of three friends is put to the test after one dives into the world of modernism with an expensive purchase.

BWW Review: SAFE AND SORRY is a Funny, Frightening Examination of Dating and Pick-up Artists
August 17, 2019

The internet today is like a modern-day wild west, with billions of people constantly connected to each other through their phones and computers. For those familiar with online communities, there are a few rules that are followed to keep one's self sane: don't look yourself up, and don't read people's comments related to a controversial topic.



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