Notes from the Director’s Table with Robert McQueen

We caught up with Robert McQueen to discuss his directing process this season – from Britta Johnson’s new Canadian musical Life After to the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Robert is the Director of New Musical Development at The Musical Stage Company and his directing credits include many of our past productions such as You Are HereReframed, The Wild Party, Falsettos, Caroline, or Change, and The Light in the Piazza. Don’t miss Robert’s exquisite take on Fun Home at the CAA Theatre, on stage now!


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An Interview with Laura Condlln

We sat down with Laura Condlln to discuss the rehearsal process for Fun Home!  Laura joins the cast as Alison, a 43-year old lesbian cartoonist and the central character in the musical. Don’t miss Laura in her professional musical debut at the CAA Theatre, on stage now!


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Video Round-Up: The Musicals of Jeanine Tesori

Not many musical theatre composers have such an impressive (and varied) canon of musicals credits like Jeanine Tesori. She is the most prolific and honoured female theatrical composer in history, with five Broadway musicals and five Tony Award nominations under her belt. As we prepare for the Toronto premiere of FUN HOME, we look back at the sensational musical works of Jeanine Tesori. 

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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