I know I know, I haven’t posted in a while… Apologies! This year/summer has been filled with many wild, wonderful, and wacky opportunities. The biggest “thing” to have happened this year is I was in a new immersive theatre production called “Hogtown” here in Toronto. What’s immersive theatre, one may ask? Think “Sleep No More”, think “Brantwood”. The audience walks around a venue and experiences all of the different scenes and storylines as they are happening. There are no guides, no rules, you could see one storyline one night and a completely different one the next night. This was Hogtown! Set on the night of the 1926 Toronto mayoral election, Hogtown explored the political scandals of the time as well as the issues pertaining to Prohibition. You had temperance women protesting an illegal speakeasy downstairs where yours truly was singing. But more than that, what we discover is that my character, Maddy Foster is the current mayor’s daughter and is singing at the speakeasy in secret, all while getting wrapped up with a local gangster who may or may not have gotten her pregnant… Oh the drama!!
It was an absolute blast and was actually the largest Equity collective in Canadian History… Not bad, eh? Over 30 people completed this cast including Canadian theatre stars David Keeley, Kelly Holiff, Dov Michaelson, Allan Price, Nora and David Rosser, Jorge Molina, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, and Drew Carnwath with an extra 20 or so on the creative team including the show’s director, co-producer and co-writer Sam Rosenthal.
We workshopped it in January and ran it to sold out houses this past July and August.
Stay tuned for a possible remount this coming January 2017. You don’t want to miss this one. It’s a truly unique theatre experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Visit www.thehogtownexperience.com to get on our mailing list and keep yourselves in the loop.
FUNNY GIRL HAS OPENED! After one of the most emotionally and physically challenging months of my entire career, I am elated to announce that we finally opened “Funny Girl” at the Segal Centre in Montreal where I am playing my dream role, Fanny Brice. Directed by Peter Hinton, Musical Directed by Allen Cole, choreographed by Dayna Tekatch, and featuring a cast of some of Canada’s leading actors including Corrine Koslo, Lorne Kennedy, John Ullyatt, Jenni Burke, George Massowhal, Kyle Golemba, among others this is a show NOT to be missed.
Tix are available at www.segalcentre.org and we run until November 8th (extended no less!).
Hope to see you there!
The announcements have been made and the ads are out which means it’s really happening– I am over the moon to officially announce that I will be the standby for “Girl” in ONCE here in Toronto featuring an all-Canadian all-star cast. I couldn’t be happier or more honoured to be understudying such a beautiful role in such a stunning show.
We’re playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) from Feb. 10th until May (it’s just been extended due to popular demand!) so please come check us out.
The wonderful Trish Lindstrom plays “Girl” on a regular basis and when she does I’ll be lingering backstage… But when she is not able to perform and yours truly is on, it will be announced HERE FIRST. Stay tuned! I’ll post about it as soon as I know here on my website, on Facebook, and twitter so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for what will surely be some of the most exhilarating performances of my life.
For now, check out the preview of the show from our media day on the Mirvish website:
Well, after a thrilling summer and a wonderful fall full of exciting announcements (to come soon), I am very happy to announce that I will be a part of a new Cabaret Series presented by Encore Entertainment at the Toronto Centre for the Arts called the “Cabaret Soiree” Series!
I will be presenting my new show, “The Many Faces of Gabaret” TWICE through the series– one on Sunday October 19th at 2pm accompanied by Donavon LeNabat and on Thursday October 23rd at 8pm accompanied by Mark Camilleri. The show will focus on the many hats we must all wear as self-employed what nots in this ridiculous business we call “show”. Expect hilarious and poignant songs and stories in this one of a kind event. For tickets, visit www.encoreshows.com or call the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office at 1-855-985-2787.
In my last post I talked about finishing my first ever Fringe show, “Hugh and I” on a Sunday night after receiving Patron’s Pick and starting a brand new show on Monday morning. Well, that show ladies and gents is “CITY OF ANGELS”– a fantastic and rarely performed musical being done with Theatre by the Bay at the Mady Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Here is the blurb about it from the website:
A Tony Award winning musical about a disillusioned crime novelist (Stine) who adapts his latest novel into a screenplay as his marriage falls apart. At the same time, we see the adventures of his detective (Stone), presented as if in a black-and-white film. The detective has a way with women but is forever haunted by the one who got away in this musical spoof of film noir crime movies and Hollywood’s treatment of writers.
City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the ’40′s; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. This double feature quality leads to many other unique production values, the most notable being the fact that City of Angels is perhaps the only “color coded” shows any theatre audience is likely to see. A murder mystery/comedy not to be missed.
I play both Oolie and Donna, the secretaries in both the black and white and colour world– the “girl friday” if you will. The music is pretty phenomenal and once again (I am spoiled) the cast is out of this world talented. All of the info can be found at www.theatrebythebay.com
Come on out to Barrie and check out this fantastic show!