Local News

The 11th Edition of the Festival TransAmeriques (FTA)
By: fta.com
“The 11th edition of the Festival TransAmeriques (FTA) will take place from May 25th to June 8th, 2017. Alongside the official program, artists and companies increasingly organize artistic activities on the fringe of the FTA. To encourage and promote this abundance of creativity from Quebec, we are compiling information on live art shows (dance, theatre, performance) that will take place in Montreal during the Festival, in order to distribute it to the international professionals who will be present at the FTA.” Find out more here.


Montreal Theatre: Top musicals to see this spring season
By: montrealtheatrebub.com / Camila Fitzgibbon
“Montreal musical theatre lovers! With the spring season just around the corner, we’ve done some dirty digging and heavy shovelling to discover just which shows are soon to sprout on the scene. From high quality college productions to big Broadway spectacles, there’s something for all budgets and tastes on the agenda. Here’s our “at-a-glance” list of the hottest book musicals soon to hit stages across town!” Read more.


Follow the money: Montreal theatres encouraged to tell multicultural stories through grants
By: cbc.ca/news / Elysha Enos
“The Cole Foundation is donating more money than ever to local theatre with $375,000 being given to 25 companies that are working to fulfill the recommendations of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission. The foundation started giving out its Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) grants in 2008 after the release of the commission’s recommendations, which included promoting intercultural dialogue in the province. President of the Cole Foundation, Barry Cole, said while the commission was in session it became clear that the Anglophone and Francophone communities in the province weren’t as welcoming to immigrants as they should be.” Read more.


Segal Centre to host Broadway Bootcamp with The Book of Mormon’s CJ Pawlikowski April 23rd
By: montrealtheatrebub.com / Camila Fitzgibbon
“Montreal, Wednesday March 29th. On April 23rd, Quatrième Mur Productions will host at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts a Broadway Bootcamp with CJ Pawlikowski from the National Touring production of The Book of Mormon.” Read more.


National News

Toronto: Soulpepper’s New York Festival is on sale
By: stage-door.com
“Albert Schultz, Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company, today announced that tickets are now on public sale for Soulpepper on 42nd ST, a month of programming with a full company of 65 artists at The Pershing Square Signature Center Off -Broadway in New York this July. For full details on Soulpepper on 42nd ST including ticket prices and travel offers, visit Soulpepper.org or call 416.866.8666 or 1.888.898.1188. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NYC Festival programming begins on July 1 and runs to July 29, 2017.” Read more.


Toronto: Theatre PANIK presents the Canadian premiere of “Strangers, Babies” May 11-28
By: stage-door.com
“Can society ever let go of the past – Theatre PANIK presents the Canadian premiere of STRANGERS, BABIES by Award-winning Scottish playwright Linda McLean, May 11 – May 28, 2017 at Artscape Sandbox. The play will be presented in a unique space, with limited seating. Audience members follow the action by peeping into motel rooms, spying on characters, and piecing together clues – making each experience unique. ” Read more.


Toronto: Alumnae Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” April 7-22
By: stage-door.com
“Alumnae Theatre Company’s 99th season will close with Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize finalist play The Clean House, running April 7 – 22. Directed by Ali Joy Richardson, The Clean House is beloved Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl at her best. After the unusual death of her parents, aspiring comedian Matilde moves from Brazil to Connecticut to clean the house of married doctors. When the husband falls in love with a patient, the household is thrown into a messy (and sometimes magical) whirlwind of hilarity and heartache. A finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Clean House is a fearlessly honest and wildly funny look at class, comedy and the nature of love.” Read more.

Director, performer resign after Calgary Opera plans to cast white woman for Asian role
By: theglobeandmail.com
“Three people have left Calgary Opera’s production of South Pacific following tentative casting of a white artist for a Tonkinese role”>”Calgary Opera’s production of South Pacific, planned for this summer, is facing upheaval over the same issue at the core of the musical: race. A dispute over the casting of a Tonkinese character has seen the director, a designer and a performer quit the production. The company says the director’s departure was premature as the role has not been definitively cast – although a white artist is on hold for the role while Calgary Opera continues its search for a race-appropriate fit.”  Read more.


“We asked the actress and Dora Award-winning playwright about her arts (and politically-based) fixations”
By: theglobeandmail.com
“The latest from Anusree Roy is Little Pretty and The Exceptional, a family drama involving two sisters and their father preparing to open their new sari shop in Toronto’s Little India neighbourhood. With the play being readied for its world premiere at Factory Theatre next week, we asked the actress and Dora Award-winning playwright about her arts (and politically-based) fixations.” Read more.


Shakespeare Inspired Vacation Getaways
By: huffingtonpost.ca
” This year marks the 400th anniversary since the death of arguably the most famous poet and playwright of all time, William Shakespeare. In recognition of this, we at Booking.com decided to take a look at the top destinations inspired by the man who declared that “the world is mine oyster!” Whether you want to discover where Shakespeare’s poetic genius all began in Stratford-Upon-Avon, imagine yourself as a star-crossed lover at Juliet’s balcony in Verona or even enjoy some live Shakespeare a little closer to home; with almost a million properties across the world, we have something to suit all fans of this legendary bard. And if you want to learn more about your upcoming stay, just get in touch with your host through Booking Messages.” Read more.


International News

6 Theatre Workers You Should Know
By: americantheatre.org
“From a teaching artist in Kentucky to an actor in Berkeley, Calif., here are some theatre workers to have on your radar.” Read more.


“AMÉLIE” Arrives on Broadway
By: newyorker.com
” The heroine of “Amélie,” the new musical at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is a dreamy Parisian café waitress who channels her childlike wonder into staging anonymous good deeds on the streets of Montmartre. Behind a tile in her lonesome apartment, she finds a box of boyhood mementos from a long-ago tenant. She tracks down the boy, now grown, and tricks him into discovering his old possessions in a phone booth. He’s so moved by this “miracle” that he vows to reconnect with his estranged daughter and grandchild. Voilà!Read more.


Patti LuPone on her ‘painful’ rise to Broadway stardom: ‘I was my biggest enemy!’
By: washingtonpost.com
“NEW YORK —In “War Paint,” a feminist musical about makeup, Broadway’s Patti LuPone goes through 15 costume changes — one more than in her fabled turn in “Evita” — each ensemble more sublime than the next: fox stoles, opera-length gloves, a panoply of astonishing hats, an armory of costume jewelry, stones the size of pears. Offstage, in her cozy dressing room, tricked out like an Eastern European bazaar, the actress sports what appears to be black sleepwear emblazoned with mechanic’s patches, and not a lick of makeup.” Read more.


Olivier Awards: Harry Potter play makes theatre history with nine gongs
By: news.sky.com
“The stage follow-up to the wizard book saga wins nine Olivier Awards, including best new play, best actor, and best director.” Find out more about the production and the complete list of winners here.

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