Acting Up Stage Picks: July 2014

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Musical Works in Concert at SummerWorks

Check out some new musical theatre works this summer at the SummerWorks Festival. All three shows in the Musical Works in Concert series are definitely worth checking out. See the following Acting Up Stage Company alumni: Jeff Madden (UnCovered: Sting & The Police), Arlene Duncan (Caroline, or Change, Once On This Island), Alexis Gordon (Banks Prize winner 2012-2013), Chris Tsujiuchi (Banks Prize music director, 2013-2014) in Recurring John; Tara Litvack (Falsettos assistant music director) with Animal Pharmacy: A Medicine Show; and Lezlie Wade (Elegies: A Song Cycle director) with The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen.

August 10 – 11 – Various locations, Toronto – summerworks.ca or 416-907-0468


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Crazy For You

See Acting Up Stage alumni Stephen Patterson and Steve Ross in this critically acclaimed production of Crazy For You. Sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre, banker Bobby Child falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. Can he reconcile the demands of duty and love – and his own dreams of dancing? “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are just some of the gems in this dynamic musical’s dazzling score.

Now on stage until October 12 – Festival Theatre, Stratford Festival– stratfordfestival.ca or 1-800-567-1600


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Book of Mormon

Mirvish brings back the smash hit! Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it’s the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says “It’s the best musical of the last 25 years.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it, “A crown­ing achievement. So good, it makes me angry.”

Beings September 16 – Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto – mirvish.com or 416-593-4142


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