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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig



BWW Interviews: Straight from the West End, Earl Carpenter talks LES MISERABLES in Toronto
September 26, 2013

The Canadian production of Les Miserables begins previews at the end of the week, boasting an incredibly talented cast from across the country, and a 'borrowed' West End star in the role of Javert. Earl Carpenter hails from the U.K., where he has been wowing musical theatre audiences for over fifteen years. He speaks with BWW about coming to perform in Toronto, the 'new' version of Les Miserables, and working with former West End colleague Ramin Karimloo.

BWW Interview: Straight from the West End, Earl Carpenter Talks LES MISERABLES in Toronto
September 24, 2013

The Canadian production of Les Miserables begins previews at the end of the week, boasting an incredibly talented cast from across the country, and a 'borrowed' West End star in the role of Javert. Earl Carpenter hails from the U.K., where he has been wowing musical theatre audiences for over fifteen years. He speaks with BWW about coming to perform in Toronto, the 'new' version of Les Miserables, and working with former West End colleague Ramin Karimloo.

Photo Coverage: Louise Pitre 'ON THE ROCKS' - Then and Now
September 22, 2013

Louise Pitre, one of Canada's grand ladies of musical theatre, is embarking on an exciting new adventure this week as her show ON THE ROCKS opens at Theatre Passe Muraille. The photo Pitre chose for the show has been generating a lot of buzz, and BWW is thrilled to now bring readers a 'Then and Now' photo piece where we look at photos of Pitre from before she gained acclaim on the stage. ON THE ROCKS opens this Wednesday at the TPM Mainspace.

BWW Interviews: Louise Pitre gets Naked with ON THE ROCKS
September 21, 2013

Louise PItre is one of the grand dames of Canadian musical theatre, and this fall, she's back in Toronto doing something truly brave, unique and more than a little scary. On Wednesday, her show ON THE ROCKS opens Theatre Passe Muraille's 2013-2014 season. A 90 minute emotional rollercoaster, the show features stories from Pitre's difficult life as well as original music that she wrote specifically for the production. Is she scared? Absolutely. But she's talking about it. And BWW is thrilled to bring readers this in depth interview where she talks about the reasons for doing the show, why she's ready to expose her past, and how she learned the importance of not giving a fuck what other people think of her.

STAGE TUBE: Mirvish Celebrates 50 Years of Toronto Theatre
September 19, 2013

On Tuesday morning members of the press and the Toronto theatre community gathered at the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre to join David Mirvish in celebrating fifty years of the Mirvish family producing theatre in Toronto. The theatre was packed with people eager to hear what new shows were being added on to the previously announced 50th Anniversary Season, but also excited to celebrate the extensive contributions Mirvish have made to the city of Toronto and to our theatre community.

CHICAGO, WE WILL ROCK YOU, THE TWO WORLDS OF CHARLIE F and More Among Mirvish's New 2013-14 Season Additions
September 17, 2013

Last February, BWW announced that Les Miserables would be kicking off Mirvish Productions exciting 50th Anniversary season in Toronto! Also announced at that time were Aladdin, Once, Arrabal, Metamorphosis, Heartbeat of Home and The Last Confession, as well as Dead Metaphor and God of Carnage as part of the Off-Mirvish season. This morning, Torontonians were treated to a very special media event which both celebrated the Mirvish family's commitment to Toronto theatre over the past fifty years, and also announced exciting new additions to the milestone season, effectively making it the largest season the company has ever mounted.

BWW Toronto Welcomes Mary Alderson to the Team
September 11, 2013

BroadwayWorld Toronto is excited to announce yet another addition to the Toronto team - Mary Alderson! Mary joins us from Strathroy, where she's an avid theatre-goer of productions all over Southwestern Ontario including Stratford, Huron Country Playhouse, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Blyth Festival and more. Mary brings with her an extensive writing background as well as many years of reviewing theatrical productions, and we are thrilled to have her on board to showcase the great theatre that is happening outside of Toronto all over Ontario.

BWW Toronto Welcomes Jeff Madden to the Team
September 10, 2013

BWW Toronto is thrilled to announce the newest addition to the Toronto team - Jeff Madden! Jeff gained notoriety in Toronto when he played Frankie Valli in the original Canadian production of Jersey Boys, and now he's going to bring his unique point of view and acting background to BWW by writing special features and doing one-on-one interviews with local actors. Welcome aboard Jeff!

Photo Coverage: Alan Cumming, Hilary Swank and More at amFar's Inspiration Gala at TIFF
September 9, 2013

TIFF is in full swing in Toronto, and BWW has been bringing readers fabulous photos from all the red carpet, star studded openings. Tonight one of Broadway's brightest descended on the city, as Alan Cumming headlined amFar's annual Inspiration Gala with Hilary Swank. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the red carpet arrivals.

BWW Reviews: Soulpepper's ANGELS IN AMERICA an Ambitious Triumph
August 31, 2013

Soulpepper's production of Angels in America is a massive undertaking, their biggest show to date and incredibly ambitious. That said, it is a risk that appears to be paying off for the Toronto based company. The show is triumphant - a heartfelt examination of humanity, sickness, politics, AIDS and more. It forces us to consider our own place in our community, and the lengths to which we will go to help our fellow citizens? Are there still angels in America? Maybe not, but the production on stage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is certainly heavenly.

Photo Coverage: Ramin Karimloo Performs at the Toronto Blue Jays/New York Yankees Game
August 29, 2013

Toronto's 'Jean Valjean' took centre stage Tuesday night as the Blue Jays faced off against the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. Ramin Karimloo, in Toronto to tackle the lead role in the upcoming Mirvish presentation of Les Miserables, sang O Canada in a 'Valjean' Blue Jays jersey and gave the crowd a preview of what's to come when he takes the stage at The Princess of Wales. Ramin has previously performed the role in the West End, and returns to his hometown to make his Toronto stage debut this September. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the event.

BWW Reviews: A Trippy Trip Down Memory Lane with THE RASCALS - ONCE UPON A DREAM
August 22, 2013

The Rascals are back together for the first time in forty years, and they're rocking Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre for the rest of the weekend with their unique blend of rock n roll, soul and cover classics. Produced by Steven Van Zandt and co-directed by Van Zandt and Marc Brickman, the show features all four original Rascals members: Felix Cavaliere ,Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli. It tells the story of how the band came together, came apart, and reunited while delighting the audience with hits such as 'Good Lovin', 'Groovin' and 'It's a Beautiful Morning'.

Photo Coverage: THE RASCALS Red Carpet Toronto Opening
August 17, 2013

On Tuesday night, the red carpet was rolled out at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre as Mirvish Productions presented the opening of The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream. The show is produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and features all four original band members. The show sold out on Broadway, and is being dubbed as a mix between a dance party and a jukebox musical in the style of 'Jersey Boys'. Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen were on hand for the Toronto opening, as were many other stars from Toronto's theatre and music scenes. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the red carpet and the opening night after party.

BWW Interviews: Danielle Wade on Growing into the role of Dorothy
August 3, 2013

Ten months after she won the coveted role of Dorothy on CBC's Over the Rainbow, Danielle Wade is commanding the stage of the Ed Mirvish Theatre eight shows a week, bringing her big, brassy voice and girl next door charm to the lead role in The Wizard of Oz. BWW sat down to talk with her about the journey so far, and how it's changed her life.

BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES is a Delightful Romp at The Princess of Wales
July 22, 2013

The Roundabout Theatre Company revival production of the hit 1940's musical Anything Goes opened this past Thursday night at The Princess of Wales Theatre, during one of the worst heat waves the city of Toronto had ever had. With ushers dressed in sailor uniforms and clever social media photobooths assembled in the theatre, the production was quickly being touted as a fantastic way to 'beat the heat' and enjoy three hours of blissful airconditionning. But if you're trekking to the theatre in large part to escape the heat you are in for one heck of a surprise - Anything Goes may just be the go-to hit musical of the summer in Toronto.

BWW Special Feature: Toronto Fringe Wrap-Up
July 16, 2013

The 25th Anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival wrapped up an incredible ten days in our glorious city this past Sunday night, marking a record year in terms of opening 4 day profit despite challenges such as flooding and power outages cancelling shows and closing down theatres. The city came alive with 148 shows performing in venues across the city, selling 57,182 tickets and returning $433,027 to artists. In addition, there were 200 completely sold-out performances, and many shows which were incredibly close. The joy of Fringing is the hidden gems that you discover, and I'm pleased to report I discovered two this year in Bremen Rock Musical and We Are the Bomb. In addition, there are many excellent shows headed uptown for Best of Fringe which begins in 2 days!

Photo Coverage: EVANGELINE Opens at the Charlottetown Festival
July 7, 2013

A brand new Canadian musical by Ted Dykstra opened last night in Charlottetown after nearly ten years of work to get it mounted on the stage. Starring Canadian darlings Chilina Kennedy and Adam Brazier, early buzz surrounding this production is incredibly promising. Racheal McCaig visited the Island to check out the days leading up to opening, and BWW is thrilled to share these gorgeous shots from the tech run of EVANGELINE.

Photo Coverage: The Costumes of EVANGELINE at Charlottetown Festival
July 7, 2013

Evangeline is a brand new Canadian musical from the mind of Ted Dykstra, and tells the story of Longfellow's heroine who was separated from her lover during the expulsion of the Acadians. BWW was on hand during the days leading up to last night's opening, and we are thrilled to showcase some of the incredible sketches that went into bring this show to life.

Photo Coverage: EVANGELINE - A New Canadian Musical is Born
July 6, 2013

Evangeline is a brand new Canadian musical with book, lyrics and music by Ted Dykstra. It opens today at the Charlottetown Festival and features Adam Brazier and Chilina Kennedy in a famous story based on Longfellow's poem EVANGELINE. BWW is thrilled to take its readers on a behind the scenes journey at the birth of this show.

BWW Interviews: Soulpepper's Lorenzo Savoini on ANGELS IN AMERICA at Pride Toronto
June 30, 2013

The Toronto Pride Parade is one of the biggest and most anticpated events of the summer, drawing over a million people into the downtown core to celebrate our city's diverse LGBTQ population. This year, Soulpepper is joining the parade and promoting their upcoming production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. BWW spoke with Lorenzo Savoini about the designs the team has come up with, the spirit of Pride and the 'Angels on Stilts'

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