Month: April 2014

Joel Gomez’s Triple Threat

Elegies: A Song Cycle has only 10 performances left, and we’re certain you don’t want to miss the show the Toronto Star gave 4/4 stars to. As if that isn’t enough, you certainly want to check out Joel Gomez, the newest cast member in the production, in his first professional Toronto musical. A recent graduate of Sheridan’s Performance Musical Theatre Program, this is just the beginning for Joel and we are so psyched to see what he does next!

What musical’s score will you always remember?

Sweeney Todd.  I was sixteen, knew only Phantom, West Side Story, and Wicked, and thought I should probably learn to sing properly. I took up lessons, and I don’t know how he did it, but my voice teacher managed to convince me that performing in a musical about “a barber that kills people and gives their corpses to a lady who bakes them into pies” would be great fun. So there I was, at Theatre Aquarius, taking on my first musical about revenge and gore. My grandma loved it.
I had the opportunity to revisit the show again seven years later, while I was in my final year at Sheridan, and that’s when I noticed how profound an effect the score had on me. I remember Jeffrey Huard playing, and this angelic soprano, Andréane Bouladier, rehearsing “Green Finch”, and all the memories flooded back, and I just welled up over that warm nostalgia. Then came the fortississimo at the end of “Johanna”, and all the butterflies flew back. When I was sixteen, I played Tobias, and my first entrance was during this very moment in the song, and yeah… my heart just began to pound as if I were about to go on again. Even after all these years, something in that score had clung to me, and I’ve happily clung back.