Month: December 2013


Chris Sams’ Triple Threat

Today is the first say of rehearsals for Once On This IslandA love story for all ages, this Ahrens and Flaherty musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a dark skinned peasant woman who must navigate the forces of love and death when she falls in love with the lighter skinned, upper-class man Daniel. Chris Sams plays Daniel, the conflicted (anti)hero at the centre of the show’s love triangle. Will Daniel choose between his love for Ti Moune, or his duty to love Andrea? And, much more importantly, what did Chris choose as his favorite musicals of all time?

What musical’s score will you always remember?

Les Miserables. Every time I hear music from the show, I think to myself how amazing it would be to be in a production of it one day. So if anyone would like produce it and then cast me in it, that would be amazing 🙂

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Producing Notes – We Need a Little Christmas

I have a confession to make that I’m not proud of:

I love Christmas music.

I don’t mean that I tolerate it when it’s playing in the mall in November/December. I mean I actively crave the time of year when all of my favourite radio stations start playing songs about tinsel and mistletoe and Rudolph. Generally this fetish makes those who sit in my car very aggravated.

I can’t explain what I love about Christmas music. I’m Jewish, so it’s certainly not due to any childhood nostalgia for carols around a tree.

I think though that whatever part of my brain loves musical theatre is the same part that loves Christmas music. In fact, I think that the two types of music are very closely linked: More


Throwback Thursdays – Juan Chioran on A New Brain

Jump back with us to 2009’s A New Brain, William Finn’s autobiographical end of the century musical about a songwriter with creative block who suddenly experiences an attack from an arteriovenous malformation, landing him in hospital and threatening his life. As he proceeds on the journey to wellness through surgery, we are transported through Gordon’t hallucinations, inviting us simultaneously into Finn’s head when he too was hospitalized for the same thing. Juan Chioran played Mr. Bungee, and got to wear the most exciting costume to ever appear in an Acting Up Stage production.  More


Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Spring Awakening

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to see Spring Awakening in New York during its original Broadway run but when the show went on tour I made sure to get a ticket at its stop in Toronto.  Being a student at the time, I purchased the cheapest ticket available which put me in the last row of the Canon (now Ed Mirvish) theatre.  For a show that embraced intimacy with the audience, I felt very disconnected being so far back and was not looking forward to seeing the show at the distance I was. In a lucky turn of events, two people who bought stage seats (as seen in the video, the show’s design included bleacher setting on either side of the stage) did not show up in time and the ushers reached out to the sad folk in the last row to replace them.  After literally running through the theatre onto the stage in about three minutes, the lights came down and the show began.  More


The Playlist Behind Killer Business – The Musical

A couple of weeks ago, we asked the folks behind A Misfortune to create a playlist of some of the songs (both musical theatre and non) which inspired their show. After much feedback, we decided to ask the same of Rob Torr, the composer of Killer Business – The Musicalalso having its premier at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in January.  Set against the opening of a new musical which is unexpectedly ambushed by the appearance of a less-than-alive victim, Killer Business has everything we love: song, dance and a body count. If you’re a fan of an old-fashioned showtune dosed with a healthy side of whodunnit, we have a feeling that this could be your new favorite show. 

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