Author: Mitchell Marcus


The importance of revisiting CAROLINE, OR CHANGE in 2020

I’ve always felt that our musical productions are in dialogue with the world around them. A key part of programming is trying to figure out what musical has the most to say in the moment that we live in right now. Unfortunately, our world has no shortage of enormous challenges that can be unpacked through theatre. Climate change, inequity, the rise of hatred, the divisiveness in our political landscape – the list feels endless. 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


The Great Controversy of 1812

While Broadway controversies rarely make headline news, last week’s Mandy Patinkin/The Great Comet saga sure got a lot of ink. More


The Development of New Canadian Musical Theatre

ONEGIN

Each morning for the last few weeks I have awoken humming an ode to love. But rather than some Top 40 radio tune, or Rogers and Hammerstein’s trope (“I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love…”), I’m generally singing one of the motifs from Onegin:

“If I wanted to live in love, in love. Then you are who I would choose.” More


Unsung Understudies

I was charmed by a Broadway story this week: It Only Takes a Moment: Bette Midler’s Gracious Gesture

Bette Midler – who is apparently the highest paid Broadway star ever, currently leading the revival of Hello, Dolly – allowed Christian Dante White to take the final bow at one of the performances. The reason? White is an understudy and went on in the role of Cornelius with little notice, and little rehearsal and Midler wanted to acknowledge the impressive feat that was his flawless performance. More