New York Magazine deems Caroline, or Change one of the best musicals of all-time!

In December 2010, the New York Magazine sat down with five Broadway experts to determine “The Greatest Musical” of all-time. They successfully got the list down to 23 candidates and then proceeded to discuss the merits of each piece. While they never arrived at a single winning-show, the discussion is very interesting to read.

Most significantly, the only musical of the 21st century that was on their short-list for “The Greatest Musical” of all-time was Caroline, or Change. Read the article here »


A Salon Concert: Featuring Jeff Madden

A fundraiser for Acting Up Stage Company

Sunday, November 20
52 Pine Crescent
7:00PM Wine
7:30PM Concert

The Salon Concert is an evening reminiscent of those days in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s when composers and their stars performed for small groups of friends in a private surrounding. After two sold-out Salon Concerts last season, Acting Up Stage Company is delighted to present another intimate concert experience.This edition of the Salon Concert features the extraordinary Jeff Madden – the Dora Award-winning Frankie Valli from Toronto’s Jersey Boys. One of the most gifted performers in the city, Jeff has performed at the Shaw Festival, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Arts Centre and the Charlottetown Festival . The Salon will take place in the beautiful Beach home of John & Patti Loach. As profiled in The Globe and Mail and The National Post, the Loach residence – boasting a Steinway grand piano and a state of the art recording studio – will provide a unique setting for this intimate concert. Coupled with wine and hors d’oeuvres, this Salon Concert provides a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to enjoy musical performance in an exclusive, personal setting.

Tickets $150 each

Includes:

  • A $75 tax receipts
  • Concert admission
  • Light refreshments
  • Wine

Purchase tickets to this extremely limited event by calling
1-800-838-3006 or purchase online.

Event sponsored by:

Schubert’s Fine Foods


Our 2011/12 season officially launched in the Toronto Star!

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Richard Ouzounian officially launched our 2011-2012 season in the Toronto Star in an article titled Time For Change in Toronto’s Musical Theatre.

Read all about our season here.


Glee Culture

Glee Culture

Each summer, my partner and I take an annual canoe trip in Algonquin Park. We spend all year living in the city, and we covet the time we get to spend in silence—away from the bustle and pace of city culture. Part of what many of my friends call the “hard-core” nature of these trips are the frequent (and long) portages we make to ensure total isolation.

Last summer, mid-trip, we spent an entire day without seeing another soul. As the sun began to set, we choose a site on an isolated channel between two large bodies of water. As we propped our canoe up on the shore, our silence was interrupted by the sounds of small prepubescent voices belting “Don’t Stop Believing” somewhere on the channel. I immediately smiled, looked over at my disgruntled partner as we both peered across the water. There, almost directly in front of us on the other side of the lake was a campsite full of swimsuit clad eight-year old boys singing at the tops of their lungs while taking turns jumping into the lake. I looked at my partner,

“Ah, Glee Culture,” I said.
“Whaddya mean?”
“Well, there is no other way that those boys would know the 1981 Steve Perry song if it weren’t for the fact that it was featured in Glee.”
“Well yeah, but I knew all the Beatles music when I was eight.”
“Sure, but that’s because your parents listened to it and it was still lingering from a generation above you- Don’t Stop Believing has been reintroduced to this generation, the difference is that to them, the song is an entirely new song. Re-branded. They don’t even have a clue that it had life before Glee.”
“I guess.”

As my partner lost interest in the boys and my little Glee lecture and left to begin fire preparation, I couldn’t help but stand there an extra moment to smile at the uninhibited voice-cracking singing. Even here, in the great Canadian outdoors, miles away from the city, Glee is present. Glee, for all its camp and cliché is truly noteworthy to its fans. The show is not only about being an oddball in a Midwestern high school (or an oddball in general), but also about letting your love of music rise above your passion for anything else. As the adorable Glee Club instructor Mr. Schue said, “Glee is about being yourself, even when the whole world wishes you were someone different.” It’s about using music to express yourself and as a way to feel great.

Back in the city, I am lucky to work for Acting Up Stage, a company, like Glee, that believes in the power of music and using music to tell stories. I’ll never forget that camping trip. The solace, the trees, my partner, and eight-year old boys belting “Don’t Stop Believing” into the Algonquin wind, feeling great.