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BWW Preview: Monday Night Live – A Cabaret Evening to Support Theatre Museum Canada

Did you attend Acting Up Stage Company's recent "Uncovered-Billy Joel and Elton John" concerts? If not, you missed a sensational performance by Jackie Richardson.

But fear not, you'll get another chance to experience our national treasure when she performs with some of our most accomplished musical theatre talents this Monday, Dec. 1st.

It's "Monday Night Live - A Cabaret Evening to Support Theatre Museum Canada" at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, starting at 6 p.m.

"We've had some great, fun events that raised funds, but nothing quite like this," enthused Michael Wallace, the organization's Executive Director. "Funds raised will support our Legend Library oral history project, our special exhibits and go to the care and maintenance of our collection."

The event is catered by 10thtation Event Catering that will provide passed hors 'd'oeuvres and food stations with various delectable treats and temptations. Tickets cost $150 each. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowed amount.

The entertainers will consist of, in addition to Richardson, the following: Michel Therriault, David Rogers, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Raoul Bhaneja and others. The emcee is Sheila McCarthy, who will also entertain and the pianist is the talented and respected David Warrack.

Although Wallace did not reveal what numbers the talent will perform, you can be sure when the sensational Jackie Richardson is on the bill, you'll be getting your exercise.

You can rely on it. Jackie Richardson stopping the show is axiomatic. And it must follow, as the night the day that as soon as she sings her first note, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat, then jump shout, cheer and applaud before the last chord fades.

It happened again during the second of Acting Up Stage Company's twoUncovered concerts with her thrilling, bluesy rendition of Billy Joel's New York State of Mind. She was accompanied by two backup vocalists who, after each verse, sang, "Concrete jungle where dreams are made of ..." from Alicia KeysEmpire State of Mind. Audience members passionately leapt to their feet, roaring, yelling "Brava" and "Jackieeeeee."

You can't help but wonder why Jackie Richardson so universally admired. Toronto singer Micah Barnes said earlier this year "She is made of love!

"Her heart is completely in everything she does, she can't sing a false note. In working with her I have learned a lot about our job as communicators of the human condition, the human spirit. (She) is a walking talking example of being committed to (her) job as an artist."

So Monday night, get out the BenGay - you're going to need it.

About Theatre Museum Canada:

It is a registered Canadian cultural charity, with a volunteer board of directors, an expanding collection, engaging activities and a growing membership. As its mission, it seeks to share the wonder of Canada's rich theatre legacy with Canadians and theatre enthusiasts everywhere and inspire greater participation and achievement in Canadian live theatre.

It was established in Vancouver in 1982. The future site of the museum will be King Blue Condominiums, located at the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way. Planning is underway for the museum that will be an integral part of Canada's theatre, past, present & future. Its 900 square metres (about 9600 square feet) will include space for dynamic exhibits, presentations and educational programming.

"Monday Night Live - A Cabaret Evening to Support Theatre Museum Canada"

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

189 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tickets $150. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowed amount. Visit for tickets and more information.

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