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Naomi Campbell on Luminato Festival's Digital Shift, Timely Works, and What Theatre C Interview Naomi Campbell on Luminato Festival's Digital Shift, Timely Works, and What Theatre Could Look Like In A Post-Pandemic World
by Isabella Perrone - June 11, 2020, Toronto

Since early March, Toronto's theatre scene has been upended due to social distancing rules in place because of the pandemic. For many companies, this meant putting shows, concerts, and seasons on hold, but for Naomi Campbell, the Artistic Director of Toronto's Luminato Festival, it meant having to r...
BWW Interview: Beatriz Pizano On The Personal, Political, And Collaborative Journey T Interview BWW Interview: Beatriz Pizano On The Personal, Political, And Collaborative Journey To THE SOLITUDES
by Isabella Perrone - January 08, 2020, Toronto

Beatriz Pizano has had the kind of career many people dream about; after nearly three decades in the Toronto theatre scene, she founded a?" and is currently Artistic Director of a?" Aluna Theatre, won a number of Dora Awards, travelled the world to study with masters of the craft, and much more. Her...
Matt Lacas and Chelsea Johnson talk SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Interview Matt Lacas and Chelsea Johnson talk SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by Louis Train - November 19, 2019, Toronto

Later this month, We Are Here Productions, in collaboration with Cue to Cue Productions, will present SONGS FOR  A NEW WORLD, a song cycle to benefit the Canadian Women's Foundation, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Broadwayworld caught up with co-directors Matt Lacas and Chelsea Johnson to talk ...
UNCOVERED's Michelle Bouey on her Lifelong Connection to Stevie Wonder's Music and Pr Interview UNCOVERED's Michelle Bouey on her Lifelong Connection to Stevie Wonder's Music and Prince's Star Quality
by Isabella Perrone - November 06, 2019, Toronto

Michelle Bouey might be a fairly new name in Toronto's performing arts scene, but the rising singer has already made an impact in the city. With a 2018-19 Banks Prize under her belt, Bouey returns to The Musical Stage Company for her second edition of UNCOVERED. The thirteenth show in the concert se...
Beyond Mental Borders' Armand Antony & Alexandra Brynn Are Redefining Mentalism In To Interview Beyond Mental Borders' Armand Antony & Alexandra Brynn Are Redefining Mentalism In Toronto
by Isabella Perrone - October 18, 2019, Toronto

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 th...
Christopher Wilson of URINETOWN Talks Humour, Politics, and What Makes Musical Concer Interview Christopher Wilson of URINETOWN Talks Humour, Politics, and What Makes Musical Concerts Unique
by Louis Train - October 15, 2019, Toronto

Broadwayworld spoke with producer Christopher Wilson about Toronto Musical Concert's upcoming production of URINETOWN, and why a show with a terrible name is still a great time. ...
Taylor Long On BOTH 3.0 And Growing Up With - And Giving Back To - The War Amps Of Ca Interview Taylor Long On BOTH 3.0 And Growing Up With - And Giving Back To - The War Amps Of Canada
by Isabella Perrone - September 24, 2019, Toronto

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Get To Know Patric Caird, The Composer Behind SAVE ME, THE ORDER, and ED, EDD N EDDY' Interview Get To Know Patric Caird, The Composer Behind SAVE ME, THE ORDER, and ED, EDD N EDDY's Iconic Music
by Isabella Perrone - August 05, 2019, Toronto

Many artists spend their career working to become the best at one thing in their field, be it television, film, or theatre a?" but for Canadian composer Patric Caird, variety has been his main motivator throughout the last two-and-a-half decades. From his home in Los Angeles, Caird delved into his d...
Comedic Playwright Eli Pasic on Comedy, Collaboration and Keeping Busy With Two New W Interview Comedic Playwright Eli Pasic on Comedy, Collaboration and Keeping Busy With Two New Works
by Isabella Perrone - July 24, 2019, Toronto

Having two completely different shows premiere within a month of each other might be a daunting concept for many playwrights, but Eli Pasic is taking it in stride. The emerging Toronto writers' first fully produced work, the comedic farce FALSE CLAIMS, follows the story of a man who poses as his lat...
Clare McConnell on Using Comedy to Forge Connections Interview Clare McConnell on Using Comedy to Forge Connections
by Isabella Perrone - May 17, 2019, Toronto

Clare McConnell has made a name for herself as a dynamic force in the world of Toronto comedy . Her work with the Second City allows her to transition her own experiences and feelings into content and share it on a national level, in addition to her work with film and television, and in an interview...
Director Richard Ouzounian Talks FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN Interview Director Richard Ouzounian Talks FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN
by Isabella Perrone - April 16, 2019, Toronto

Renowned theatre director and critic Richard Ouzounian returned to the Toronto arts scene once again this month with his production of FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN, a fictionalized account of what happened during the collaboration between the Ramones and infamous producer Phil Spector. The play investigate...
Chilina Kennedy Talks BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Interview Chilina Kennedy Talks BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
by Taylor Long - April 13, 2019, Toronto

BroadwayWorld Toronto sits down with Chilina Kennedy, star of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, to discuss her childhood, a very pregnant callback audition, and her journey with the show over the past 1000+ performances....
Meet the Hansens of DEAR EVAN HANSEN Toronto Interview Meet the Hansens of DEAR EVAN HANSEN Toronto
by Taylor Long - March 28, 2019, Toronto

Toronto is buzzing with anticipation for the opening of the International premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. BroadwayWorld Toronto's Taylor Long sat down with Robert Markus and Jessica Sherman, playing Evan Hansen and Heidi Hansen in the new Canadian production....
Andrew Kushnir Lets Young People Lead the Way in TOWARDS YOUTH Interview Andrew Kushnir Lets Young People Lead the Way in TOWARDS YOUTH
by Isabella Perrone - March 09, 2019, Toronto

Andrew Kushnir's latest work, TOWARDS YOUTH: A PLAY ON RADICAL HOPE, made its debut on February 28 at Streetcar Crowsnest's intimate Guloien Theatre. While the final product is a 2-hour examination of drama classrooms from around the world, Kushnir had to facilitate a detailed writing and editing pr...
Damien Atkins on Aliens, UFOs, and His Examination of Extraterrestrial Encounters for Interview Damien Atkins on Aliens, UFOs, and His Examination of Extraterrestrial Encounters for WE ARE NOT ALONE
by Isabella Perrone - January 09, 2019, Toronto

It's been four years since Damien Atkins's WE ARE NOT ALONE first premiered, but the play is finally making its Toronto homecoming at the Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre in a production directed by Chris Abraham and Christian Barry, and backed by Crow's Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and 2b ...
Camille Eanga-Selenge's Dorothy is a Modern Torontonian in Ross Petty's THE WIZARD OF Interview Camille Eanga-Selenge's Dorothy is a Modern Torontonian in Ross Petty's THE WIZARD OF OZ Panto
by Isabella Perrone - December 02, 2018, Toronto

After a six-year stint with international productions of The Book of Mormon, Camille Eanga-Selenge has returned to Canada to star in Ross Petty's THE WIZARD OF OZ: A TOTO-LY TWISTERED FAMILY MUSICAL. The show's leading lady recently sat down to discuss her involvement with the show, her favourite co...
Christopher Morris Delves into the Research and Writing Behind THE RUNNER Interview Christopher Morris Delves into the Research and Writing Behind THE RUNNER
by Isabella Perrone - November 28, 2018, Toronto

After numerous trips to Israel and nearly a decade of writing and refining, Human Cargo's artistic director and playwright Christopher Morris's newest show, THE RUNNER, is ready for audiences at Theatre Passe Murailles. Morris took time to delve into the process behind the show's research and inspir...
National Ballet of Canada's Jack Bertinshaw Talks FRAME BY FRAME Interview National Ballet of Canada's Jack Bertinshaw Talks FRAME BY FRAME
by Taylor Long - June 02, 2018, Toronto

Visionary Canadian director Robert Lepage teams up with Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer and Choreographer at the National Ballet of Canada to present FRAME BY FRAME. We spoke to Second Soloist Jack Bertinshaw, playing filmmaker Norman McLaren, about his life as a professional dancer, the unique cha...
Stephanie J. Block Talks Childhood, WICKED, and her Upcoming Toronto Symphony Concert Interview Stephanie J. Block Talks Childhood, WICKED, and her Upcoming Toronto Symphony Concert!
by Taylor Long - April 04, 2018, Toronto

From April 10th-12th, two-time Tony Award-nominee Stephanie J. Block will join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Broadway star Ramin Karimloo and conductor Steven Reineke to present ON BROADWAY, an evening of Broadway's greatest hits at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto! BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long sat...
Talking with the Artists Behind Podium Concerts' NINE IN CONCERT Interview Talking with the Artists Behind Podium Concerts' NINE IN CONCERT
by Taylor Long - January 08, 2018, Toronto

After the success of last year's inaugural show, THE SECRET GARDEN IN CONCERT, Podium Concert Productions returns to present NINE IN CONCERT on January 12 and 13, 2018 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for the Arts. BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long chats with director Tim French, Stratford Festival-favourite ...
Simon Paisley Day Talks THE LORAX at Mirvish Interview Simon Paisley Day Talks THE LORAX at Mirvish
by Taylor Long - December 26, 2017, Toronto

Dr. Seuss' pro-environmental tale, THE LORAX, is on stage at Mirvish's Royal Alex Theatre. As the voracious villain, the Once-ler, Simon Paisley Day helps bring the popular children's story to life in a colourful stage spectacle. Simon Paisley Day took some time to answer a few questions from Broadw...
AJ Bridel Talks Ross Petty's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Interview AJ Bridel Talks Ross Petty's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Taylor Long - November 29, 2017, Toronto

AJ Bridel (CBC's Over the Rainbow, Mirvish's Kinky Boots) chats about life at the end of the rainbow, and what to expect from her in this year's Ross Petty Production - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - The Family Musical with A SCROOGE LOOSE....
Q&A with National Ballet's Hannah Fischer on THE WINTER'S TALE Interview Q&A with National Ballet's Hannah Fischer on THE WINTER'S TALE
by Taylor Long - November 03, 2017, Toronto

Hannah Fischer, a First Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, is taking on the leading role of Hermione in the company's production of Christopher Wheeldon's THE WINTER'S TALE. BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long was lucky to get a few minutes to chat with Fischer about life as a dancer and her role i...
Getting to Know the Stars of BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL Interview Getting to Know the Stars of BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL
by Taylor Long - October 24, 2017, Toronto

An electrifying new musical has roared into the Ed Mirvish Theatre. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL, based on Jim Steinman's critically acclaimed album, became one of the best-selling albums in history. Broadway World's Taylor Long sat down with four of the show's leads, Rob Fowler (Falco), Sharon Sexto...
Interview: Q&A with OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME's Amanda Parris Interview Interview: Q&A with OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME's Amanda Parris
by Taylor Long - October 13, 2017, Toronto

OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME marks the playwriting premiere for Toronto-raised writer, Amanda Parris. Presented by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre, Parris' play gives voice to the stories of Black women, who are too often silenced. Parris chats with BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long about the process of br...
Interview: Soprano Simone Osborne Talks ELIXIR OF LOVE at the COC Interview Interview: Soprano Simone Osborne Talks ELIXIR OF LOVE at the COC
by Taylor Long - October 05, 2017, Toronto

Opera soprano Simone Osborne sits down with BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long to chat about her career, her roots and her excitement in bringing ELIXIR OF LOVE to the stage at the COC....
Interview: Soprano Erin Wall Prepares for COC's ARABELLA Interview Interview: Soprano Erin Wall Prepares for COC's ARABELLA
by Taylor Long - September 29, 2017, Toronto

Soprano Erin Wall is one busy woman. Luckily, the talented (and funny!) singer had some time to sit down with BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long to talk about singing, joke about her composer boyfriends, and share some of the preparation involved in mounting a large-scale opera like ARABELLA....
Jonathan Watton Tackles Hitchcock in Mirvish's NORTH BY NORTHWEST Interview Jonathan Watton Tackles Hitchcock in Mirvish's NORTH BY NORTHWEST
by Taylor Long - September 19, 2017, Toronto

A North American premiere is set to stun Toronto audiences when NORTH BY NORTHWEST, a stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock's renown film, graces the stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long spoke with leading man, Jonathan Watton, on playing Roger O. Thornhill....
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Randolph Theatre - Spotlight on Swings Interview THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Randolph Theatre - Spotlight on Swings
by Guest Blogger: Kate Carmanico - July 19, 2017, Toronto

With the second week of rehearsals well underway, the cast and creative team of The Drowsy Chaperone have moved into our new rehearsal space and are taking advantage of the wall-to-wall mirrors and sprung floors to run through some of the show's biggest dance numbers....
A Conversation with Canadian Ballet Star Evan McKie, Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada
by Taylor Long - May 27, 2017, Toronto

Evan McKie, a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, has enjoyed a thriving international career, performing with the Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and the Tokyo Ballet to name a few. Hailed as 'among the absolute best in the world' (Dance Europe), it was my plea...
A Conversation with the Creators and Cast of The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN
by Taylor Long - May 13, 2017, Toronto

A new Canadian musical is about to hit the stage in Toronto. The Musical Stage Company (formerly Acting Up Stage Company) is bringing us their new work, ONEGIN. I had a chance to chat with ONEGIN's creators, Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille as well as two of the cast members, Daren A. Herbert (Onegin)...