Category: Producing Notes


Musical As Immersive Ritual

By: Mitchell Cushman
Director, Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life More


Writers Retreat: Polly Peel

Hi all! It’s your Associate Artistic Director Kevin here, but wearing my writer hat instead! Joining me for this blog post is the mahhhvelous Julie Tepperman, book writer for our upcoming show, The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peelwhich recently won the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre and will be at the Toronto Fringe this July! (Ahhhhhhh!!!!!) We just got back from a wonderful week-long retreat where we worked exclusively on act one of Polly Peel at Thousand Islands Playhouse, thanks to the incredible support of The Musical Stage Company and the Playhouse. More


A Year in Review

I’ve never been someone to get wrapped up in year-end reflections. Since a theatre season follows the academic calendar, the “new year” typically starts for me right after Labour Day, making the December 31/January 1 transition fairly irrelevant. However, as we say goodbye to 2017, I am more nostalgic than usual, reflecting on our first 12 months as The Musical Stage Company. Here are some personal highlights: More


I wish to go to the [NAMT] Festival!

For the last few years, our company has had the pleasure of sending representation to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals. This year, Stephanie Graham (Intern Artistic Director), Kevin Wong (Associate Artistic Director), and Robert McQueen (Director of New Musical Development) attended. In this blog entry, Kevin and Stephanie debrief on their experience at the festival! More


The Role of a Director on a New Musical

By: Robert McQueen

When Britta Johnson contacted me in December of 2015 to say that she had been awarded the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Paul O’Sullivan Award for her new musical Life After I was, of course, thrilled for her. I had first heard Britta’s theatre composition a year earlier when she participated in our annual Noteworthy session, and immediately I had became an ardent admirer of her work;  so, when shortly after our first conversation, she rang me again  and asked if I would direct the Fringe production,  I was thrilled. More