Brownstein: Jewish and Palestinian alliance sets the stage at Blue Met
By: Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
“They assembled a book together over a two-year period. They share similar hopes and values. Yet this encounter at an N.D.G. coffeehouse marks only the second time Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi have met in the flesh. But there will be many more get-togethers in the weeks to come. One of the more highly anticipated events at next week’s Blue Metropolis literary festival will be the April 29 discussion, Bridging the Diaspora Divide, wherein Orlov and Sabawi will be expounding on their groundbreaking anthology, Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas. The two playwrights — one Jewish, the other Palestinian — have edited and published what happens to be the first-ever English-language anthology of works by Jewish and Palestinian writers.” Read more.
Auditions: The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presents 2017 Senior Summerworks production “The Wizard of Oy”
By: Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub
“The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is thrilled to announce auditions for its 2017 Senior Summerworks production: The Wizard of Oy!” Read more.
Gently revolutionary: Bed and Breakfast serves up message about diversity in small tourist towns
By: Jim Burke, Special, Montreal Gazette
“Looking to get away now that the weather’s turning, but don’t fancy getting snarled up in the inevitable traffic? You could always try checking into Brett and Drew’s guest house for that authentic tourist town experience, and all without hitting the 10 or the 401. Bed and Breakfast, a homegrown comedy about a gay couple who opt for the service industry out in the sticks, puts up its Vacancies sign at Centaur Theatre next week after a successful run at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Played out on a bare stage with just two actors clocking up more than 20 characters between them, the show seems to have connected with its original tourist town audience, among whom was Centaurs director Roy Surette, who immediately snapped up the show.” Read more.
Segal Centre makes rock ‘n’ roll history with Million Dollar Quartet
By: Jim Burke, Special, Montreal Gazette
“A miraculous moment of four stars aligning is about to take place on the Segal Centre stage. In 1956, Elvis Presley — glowing from the success of his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel — dropped by the legendary Sun Studios with his girlfriend. Also present were Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, who all joined Presley in an impromptu jam session. It was to become musical history, captured the next morning on the front page of the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the headline Million Dollar Quartet, and recorded for posterity by sound engineer Cowboy Jack Clement.” Read more.
The Segal Centre unveils its 2017-18 Theatre Season
By: Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub
“The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today a stellar lineup of programming for its 2017-2018 Season. In this year of celebration across Canada, and here at home with Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Segal is also observing important milestones of its own. As the Centre enters its 50th year in the community and its 10th season since becoming the Segal Centre, it has planned an exciting season of must-see theatre that will have audiences reflecting on the past, reveling in the present, and fired up about the future.” Read more.
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Says ‘Hello’ to Montreal (Again!)
By: Noelle Hannibal, broadwayworld.com
“MORMON, the smash hit, 2011 Tony Award winning musical by SOUTH PARK creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with EGOT/Composer Robert Lopez (AVENUE Q, FROZEN) says “Hello” to Montreal in a short return engagement. THE BOOK OF MORMON tells the tale of Elder Price (Gabe Gibbs) and Elder Cunningham, (Conner Peirson) two Mormons sent out on their first mission to Uganda.” Read more.
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents “The Youth / Elders Project” May 30-June 4
“In an exciting partnership between Buddies, The 519, and the Senior Pride Network, The Youth / Elders Project brings together young and old to create a space where identities, personal histories, and queer perspectives get turned into performance. Since September 2016, a group of queer youth and elders have been engaged in weekly, theatre-based explorations of queer identities and personal histories, led by Buddies’ artistic director Evalyn Parry, Vanessa Dunn, and LeeLee Davis. From over 50 community members who attended the initial workshops, a thirteen-member ensemble was formed, ranging in age from 18 to 73, with varying degrees of formal theatre training.” Read more.
Stratford: Stratford Festival kicks off its 65th season with “Guys and Dolls”
“You have never seen Guys and Dolls like this before! Following a long string of hit musicals at the Festival, Canada’s top director-choreographer Donna Feore thrills audiences once again with her stunning production of Guys and Dolls, filled with original choreography showcased in some of the most spectacular production numbers ever mounted on a Stratford stage. Rediscover this beloved musical, on stage now at the Festival Theatre.” Read more.
Marie Chouinard’s take on Bosch is beautifully unsettling
“Sin abounds in Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights – and if you can squeeze past the throngs of tourists typically paused in front of the 16th-century triptych at Madrid’s Prado Museum, the debauchery is mesmerizing.” Read more
For the Vancouver Opera Festival, the drama is offstage
“Not that there’s ever a good time to fall from your horse, but when it happened to Kim Gaynor, it was particularly inconvenient. Gaynor was exactly three months away from launching a brand new opera festival in Vancouver when she fell from her beloved horse Gin Fizz de St. Germain. She had brought him over from Switzerland when she left the Verbier Festival to take on the position of general director of Vancouver Opera. It was a serious accident that resulted in a tibial plateau fracture, with cracks down her leg almost to the bottom. She was in hospital initially for two weeks; but a few days after her release, she had to return because of a serious infection.” Read more
Two Canadian musicals, including Come From Away, land Drama League nods
“Canadian musicals “Come From Away” and “Ride the Cyclone” are in contention for a prestigious Drama League Award. The homegrown plays were announced on Wednesday as nominees in the outstanding production of a Broadway or off-Broadway musical category. Joining the Canadian shows among the contenders is “Anastasia,” which stars Ontario-raised theatre actor Ramin Karimloo. The other nominees are “Amelie, A New Musical,” “Bandstand,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day,” “Hadestown,” “Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812,” and “War Paint.”” Read more.
You Can Soon Buy Tickets To The ‘Mean Girls’ Musical, You Pathetic Loser
“Good news, people who were in high school in 2004 and still feel like they are in high school in 2017. “Mean Girls,” Tina Fey’s classic comedy exploring the many creative ways young women torture one another to rise up on the food chain of popularity, is headed to Broadway. But first, it’s stopping in D.C. On April 28, tickets go on sale for the world premiere of the highly anticipated musical adaptation, which follows fresh blood Cady Heron who, after starting at a new school in Illinois, is seemingly adopted by a trio of popular girls called The Plastics. Spoiler alert: they aren’t very nice.” Read more.
Disney Finds its ‘Frozen’ Princesses for Broadway
By: David Rooney, hollywoodreporter.com
“Caissie Levy has been cast as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna in the upcoming stage musical based on the animated blockbuster, with choreographer Rob Ashford joining the creative team. If you were still dreaming of getting your big stage break playing one of the royal siblings in Disney’s upcoming Frozen musical, let it go.” Read more.
“To Finally Be On A Broadway Stage Was A Dream Come True.”
“”Opening night for Come From Away was special for many reasons, not the least of which was that it marked my Broadway debut. To finally be on a Broadway stage, especially with this show and these people telling this story, was a dream come true and then some. We’ve been together for a long time now (almost 2 years since the world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, and 4 out-of-town productions), and I think that adds a sense of family that many shows don’t get to experience. This show is about community, love and generosity and that is exactly what we felt on our opening night. I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable experience.” Read more.
A Friends Musical is Opening Off-Broadway
“Friends is back, and this time there’s singing. A parody of the popular show, called Friends! The Musical!, is set to open off-Broadway in New York this fall, Billboard reports. The musical will feature the antics from all your favorite characters: Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. And the musical’s creators, Bob and Tobly McSmith, promises to transport viewers back to the 90s with songs like “The Only Coffee Shop in New York City,” “45 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?”, “Oh. My. God. It’s Janice!” and “We were on a Break!”” Read more.
Chris Evans to Make Broadway Debut in Ambitious Launch for Second Stage Theater
“Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan’s play “Lobby Hero,” starring opposite Michael Cera in a production that will reopen the newly renovated Helen Hayes Theater and launch the Broadway programming of the nonprofit Second Stage Theater. “Lobby Hero,” set to begin in March 2018, is part of an ambitious Broadway plan for Second Stage that also encompasses a new production of Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” as well as the co-commissioning of new plays by top-tier playwrights including Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, two Pulitzer winners whose latest plays are currently running on Broadway.” Read more.
Kevin Spacey to host Broadway’s Tony awards
“Stage and screen actor Kevin Spacey will host the Tony Awards, celebrating the best of Broadway theater, in June, organizers said on Tuesday. It will be Spacey’s first time hosting the Tonys, which will take place in New York on June 11, broadcaster CBS said. Spacey, 57, an Oscar and Tony winner and current star of the Netflix political drama “House of Cards,” also served for 10 years as artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater company.” Read more.