Local News

April Schmoozer
By: quebec-elan.org
“ELAN’s Schmoozers are bi-monthly get-togethers that offer a great chance to make new connections with artists, arts lovers, and cultural workers from all disciplines and backgrounds. Come grab a pint and celebrate the arrival of spring by meeting some fresh new faces!” See more.

Monday April 24, 6-8pm @ Hurley’s Irish Pub (1225 Crescent St)
RSVP: admin@quebec-elan.org. Free and open to all!

Clybourne Park at Centaur: Provocative satire embodies Ellen David’s theatrical raison d’être
By: Jim Burke /montrealgazette.com
” Here are a couple of ideas for a play. Godot spends his time indulging in displacement activities — anything to put off going to a meeting he has arranged with two tramps. Or, a housing committee meets to strategize how to keep a black family, the Youngers, from moving into an all-white Chicago neighbourhood.” See more.
Festival TransAmériques 2017: Montreal gets leading role
By: Jim Burke /montrealgazette.com
“Montreal is the star of this year’s Festival TransAmériques. The full lineup was announced Tuesday at the Quartier général du FTA for the two-week celebration of cutting-edge dance, theatre and things indefinable. The 11th edition, which lands in the midst of the city’s 375th festivities, will kick things off on May 25 at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe with 100% Montreal, a spectacular tribute featuring a hundred citizen participants brought together by the Berlin company Rimini Protokoll.” See more.

Workshop – Quatrième Mur- Théatre musical and Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Broadway Bootcamp with CJ Pawlikowski

When: April 23, 9:30am – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Segal Centre for Performing Arts (5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine)

With the arrival of the National Tour of The Book Of Mormon at Place des Arts next month comes a Broadway dance master class with cast member CJ Pawlikowski at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts! Space is very limited.

Tickets: $40 for Industry  (including community theatre members) / $80 for General Public

National News

Ottawa: National Arts Centre announces full programming for Canada Scene

By: stage-door.com

“Heather Moore, Producer and Executive Director of the National Arts Centre’s Scene festivals, today announced the complete programming lineup for Canada Scene. The eighth in a successful biennial series of multidisciplinary festivals showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from different regions of the country, Canada Scene will take place across Ottawa-Gatineau from June 15 to July 23, 2017. More than 1,000 artists will bring their music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, and film creations to the nation’s capital in an eclectic and spectacular celebration of our country.” See more.

 

Toronto: BoylesqueTO presents a hot new show “Mo’ Manada!” April 23

By: stage-door.com

After wowing Toronto, Edmonton, and Orlando audiences the last two years with their hit show Oh Manada!, Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, BoylesqueTO, returns with a hot new sequel featuring more Canadian hunks, more hockey players, more lumberjacks, and more butts: it’s Mo’ Manada! In this cheeky (pun intended) cabaret revue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decides that the only way to save America after a tense year in politics is with a covert team of Canadian strippers specially trained in naked diplomacy, hand-to-butt combat, and international sex-pionage. ” See more.

 

Stratford: Stratford Festival releases a PerformancePlus study tool for “Hamlet”

By: stage-door.com

“The Stratford Festival is pleased to release the second installment of its unparalleled education tool PerformancePlus, which this year presents Hamlet.PerformancePlus, which was launched last year with King Lear, integrates Shakespeare’s text with an HD video of a live performance at the Stratford Festival, allowing for dynamic engagement with Shakespeare’s works in the classroom and during individual study.” See more.

‘Come From Away’ Star Explains How The Broadway Hit Can Unify Audiences

By: huffingtonpost.com

“Caesar Samayoa would like to correct every critic and audience member who’s referred to “Come From Away” as “the new 9/11 musical,” even if he can’t blame them for the confusion. The show, which opened on Broadway at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre March 12, references the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as a starting point. The remarkable, real-life story it depicts, however, takes place a world away from lower Manhattan, following the passengers of 38 planes diverted from American airspace to Gander, Newfoundland, and the residents who welcomed them.” Read more.

International News

Sally Field, on Broadway and on a mission

By: washingtonpost.com

“As with virtually everything else about the brazenly unconventional new “The Glass Menagerie” on Broadway, the first glimpse an audience gets of Sally Field is her Amanda Wingfield doing something wholly unexpected. Amanda’s reclusive daughter, Laura, is played by an actress, Madison Ferris, who has muscular dystrophy and requires a wheelchair. To jolt us into an understanding of how wearingly devoted this Amanda is, the director, Sam Gold, arranges for Field to enter, painstakingly dragging the wheelchair up several steps at the front of the stage.” Read more.

Regional theatre is dying – and to save it, we need to act fast

By: telegraph.co.uk

“‘Record percentage of available seats filled'” is hardly the grabbiest headline in the world. The latest West End box-office figures just published by the Society of London Theatre, covering 2016, aren’t quite the stuff of a champagne-cork popping vintage year. Gross revenue may be up (£644m), VAT receipts for the Treasury may be up (£107m), but overall attendances were down. So the picture isn’t entirely one of ever expanding success, after a phenomenal decade or so that has confirmed theatreland as the epicentre of London’s cultural economy.” Read more.

How to Get Cheap Tickets to Broadway Shows (Even ‘Hamilton’)

By: nytimes.com

“Finding cheap tickets to a show has never been easier. From lotteries to apps, we’ve put together a guide to scoring tickets without breaking the bank. “Hamilton” included.” Read more.

Sara Bareilles ‘has no words’ following Broadway debut

By: http://www.tv3.ie

The Love Song singer landed a Tony Award nomination last year (16) for composing the music and lyrics for the musical, and it was announced in February (17) that she would make her acting as well as Broadway debut when she stepped into the lead role of Jenna Hunterson after Jessie Mueller finished her run.” Read more.

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