Britta Johnson

The Crescendo Series

The Crescendo Series offers an unprecedented breakthrough for a composer of musical theatre in Canada through a three-year residency and commitment to produce three of their new musicals. This investment is strategically designed to catapult a selected artist into the local, national and international spotlight resulting in global recognition for the individual and for Canadian musical theatre as a whole.

We are thrilled to announce our Inaugural Crescendo Series Artist: Britta Johnson

About the Artist

About the Artist

From 2017-2019, The Musical Stage Company will produce three new musicals – one each year – written by Britta Johnson.

Hailed by NOW Magazine as “revolutionizing the musical theatre world,” Johnson is one of the most extraordinary voices in Canadian musical theatre. Her collaboration on the immersive musical Brantwood helped make it the must-see theatre event of 2015, winning the Audience Choice Dora Award. In 2016, she was nominated for two Dora Awards for Best New Musical – one for her original Jacob Two-Two score at Young People’s Theatre (with Anika Johnson), and one for Acting Up Stage Company’s Reframed inspired by and performed in front of a painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario (with Sara Farb). Most recently, her musical Life After won the inaugural Paul O’Sullivan Prize for musical theatre and was the runner up for the 2015 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award and was a Patron’s Pick in the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. 

Over three years, we will produce a body of Britta’s new works starting with Life After, co-produced with Canadian Stage and Yonge Street Theatricals and onstage September 23 – October 22, 2017.

More info on Life After