Month: February 2015


Banks Prize winners prepare for Spread A Little Joy

We should all be so lucky as to have Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming in Toronto, if not for their astounding musical theatre talent but for their optimism and bright demeanor. Spread A Little Joy is the name of their upcoming cabaret, with director Ari Weinberg and musical director Adam White, this Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Produced by Acting Up Stage Company to showcase this year’s Banks Prize winners, Lupiano and Fleming will do just that with their curated evening of songs and stories. More


Critics are loving The Wild Party!

This is officially the party of the season!

Critics react to The Wild Party. More


A Glossary of Historical References in The Wild Party

The Wild Party lives, breathes, and (especially) drinks The Roaring Twenties – but for anyone who isn’t a historian, these terms might fly by unnoticed. Here’s a list of the famous people, places, and things that inhabit the world of The Wild Party. More


Six surprising facts about our Wild Party

Another show, another opening. On Friday we put The Wild Party in front of an audience for the first time. I feel that usual combination of excitement and terror. Mostly though, I’m just delighted to share this massive show and its incredible cast with Toronto.

The Wild Party itself has a dramatic history: the original 1928 poem was nationally banned for its risque content, and two different musicals inspired by the poem, both called The Wild Party, both opened in New York City in 2000 (considered to be the first time in Broadway history that’s ever happened). As such, I thought it appropriate to share a few little known – and hopefully interesting – facts about our production of The Wild Party and its own unusual and winding path to arrive at the Berkeley Theatre stage. More


Why you should attend our free music workshops

We think The Wild Party is so good, it would be a shame if the cast members were the only people who got to sing Michael John LaChiusa’s wonderful music. So, Acting Up Stage is offering two FREE workshops to invite audience members to sing a piece of The Wild Party‘s repertoire, lead by our assistant musical director Tara Litvack. They’re taking place following the evening performance on Friday, Feb. 27th (showtime is 7 p.m., the workshop taking place at approximately 9:10 p.m.) and following the matinee performance on Sunday Mar. 1 (showtime is 1 p.m., the workshop taking place at approximately 3:10 p.m.). Here’s why Tara loves the music of The Wild Party, and why you will too. More