'Hairspray' in Toronto

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'Hairspray' in Toronto#0
Posted: 4/6/04 at 4:33pm
I'm going a week in from Wednesday! (4/14)
I can't wait to see 'Hairspray' in the absolutely gorgeous Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto!

I am looking forward to seeing yet another company put their spin on this wonderful show.

I'll report back, with my own personal opinion (read 'not review') of American Idols and whatnot (bearing in mind that they are in previews until May)...

I'm so excited. Now I'm looking forward to this dreary business trip.

[does this belong on the blatant promotion thread over in OT land?]
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re: 'Hairspray' in Toronto#1
Posted: 4/6/04 at 4:37pm
To add to that, Caissie Levy, who is "Tammy" and the Penny/Amber u/s has sent me photos of a bunch of the cast in their costumes which will be going up on her website within a week. I'll post a link when they are available...
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re: re: 'Hairspray' in Toronto#2
Posted: 4/6/04 at 5:00pm
Im seeing it to!!! I cant Wait
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re: re: re: 'Hairspray' in Toronto#3
Posted: 4/6/04 at 8:52pm
Have fun! Jay Brazeau is playing Edna and he's awesome. He just finished a local production of Hello Dolly here in Vancouver in November and at the same time he was auditioning for Edna. He told me he was cautiously optimistic about getting the role. Let me know how it is!
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re: re: re: re: 'Hairspray' in Toronto#4
Posted: 4/7/04 at 9:21am
Please do Craig!
That would be very interesting...
I can't wait.
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Of course, us Ottawa folks are proud of our homeboy Michael Torontow, who's playing Link. He's a sweet guy, wonderful to work with, and has a voice that melts butter. Toronto is lucky to have Torontow re: re: re: re: re: 'Hairspray' in Toronto
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Didn't it begin previews yesterday?
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it had an invited dress last night and tonight (Audiences went mad as per one of the cast members) and tomorrow is the first preview. The show officially opens on May 5th
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I wonder if they will get notes after all of the preview performances.

I'm normally not a 'stage door hanging' type of person, but my hotel is 2 blocks away, and I have nothing better to do while I'm in town...

...I probably won't because I'll only be seeing their 7th public performance, and that's a trying time for all.
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Craig...how soon until the pics will be up? I am very anxious!
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well, I saw the 2nd dress tonight...as with any other show, I would never publicly write about a dress rehearsal

so I'll just say it was fantastic, the cast is magnificent and I floated back to my hotel

but I would never say more than that about a preview

except that the audience was happier than a squirrel on crack, that the band was note perfect and what can I say about those songs...?

of course, that's just my opnion, I could be wrong

Marc

p.s. I just ate pasta bolognese at 12:15am and want to kill myself
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a squirrel on crack ?
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Is that like a pig in ****?

PS I just ate frozen pizza.
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I could show you some squirrel's on crack in the Boston common..they do exist.
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Wow, MS, you sound like a shill. I'm no Nancy Drew, but I'd bet dollars to Krispy Kremes you're an intern or on the payroll of that show.
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Karma- I totally agree with your comment. They are out of control there!!
"I'm learning to dig deep down inside and find the truth within myself and put that out. I think what we identify with in popular music more than anything else is when someone just shares a truth that we can relate to. That's what I'm searching for in my music." - Ron Bohmer

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Tonight is the night, first public preview...
Break a leg!
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Phantom...you have no idea! Today had a run in with one which decided it wanted to enjoy the sun too and followed me on my walk. Every year I mess up, I forget how crackalicous they are while I am enjoying the warm weather and feed them some left over bread or whatever (not like I have a choice since they sit right next to you)....I don't know HOW I still have fingers. I equate them to the movie Warriors...I think at night they run all over the common having squirrel gang wars. I think I have heard the clanking of the bottles I swear!

I can NOT wait though for a full review of this cast! will there be a website up for them?

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I'm going to see it too!!!#19
Posted: 4/13/04 at 10:04am
I'm taking a trip to TO in a couple of weeks. I am so excited about seeing Hairspray (on May 1st)!!!!!! I'm also seeing The Producers, a dinner theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof, and Mamma Mia (even though I have already seen it once... :) )
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re: I'm going to see it too!!!#20
Posted: 4/13/04 at 10:11am
Yeah,
I'm in the process of buying additional tix:

Mamma Mia! tonight.
Hairspray tomorrow.
The Producers on Thursday.

No boring hotel room for me.
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re: re: I'm going to see it too!!!#21
Posted: 4/14/04 at 8:15am
You living on the street or in the clubs?
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re: re: re: I'm going to see it too!!!#22
Posted: 4/14/04 at 9:08am
I'm living next to a dumpster behind the Princess of Wales Theatre.

J/K.

Mamma Mia was last night... a review coming soon.
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re: re: re: re: I'm going to see it too!!!#23
Posted: 4/14/04 at 11:37am
OK, I usually wait until a show has a chance to get settled before I see it but Marc's happiness w the show has convinced me & I am going on the last preview b4 the opening. Can't Stop the Beat!!!
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Fantastic!#24
Posted: 4/15/04 at 10:32am
OK, I don't want anyone to jump on me about talking about a show in previews, but since I have almost nothing bad to say, I think you'll spare me.

'Hairspray' in Toronto is fabulous!
Vanessa Olivarez (American Idol) and Jay Brazeau are a fabulous pairing as Tracy and Edna. This performance is truly fantastic. The ensemble is pitch perfect, the orchestra is tight, the principles are hilarious and talented actor/singers... I could see this production every night of the week!

I'll keep the specifics to myself in public, but I will rave in private. Fantastic!

If you are anywhere in driving distance of Toronto, get there and see this production, before it sells out it's entire run!

http://www.onstagenow.com/Hairspray/

PS- This is very shill-like, I know. But this show, and this production, have given me refreshed hope for Toronto theatre.
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