Author: Victoria Barber

The Pieces Behind #Reframed: The Marchesa Casati

Only a few tickets remain for Reframed, running April 12-17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Three teams of Toronto composers & lyricists. 3 Paintings. 3 Brand new 20-minute musicals performed inside the gallery.  

Before we witness the premiere of Erin Shields & Bryce Kulak’s new musical “La Casati”, we researched the artist and painting on which the musical was inspired. More

Video Round-up: Art-Inspired Musicals

Opening night is just around the corner for Reframedrunning April 12-17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Tickets are on sale now, get yours before they’re gone!

To get an idea of what to expect from Reframed, we had a look at other art-inspired music theatre pieces. From Sondheim to Ahrens & Flaherty, it seems many of the greats have also drawn inspiration from visual art, sculpture, and photography.


Broadway 2016 Picks

With Hamilton opening on Broadway earlier this week, there is plenty of buzz as the 2015/2016 season starts to heat up. It seems to be the year of the movie musical, with almost all the new musicals originating as a Hollywood blockbuster. Here are some of the most anticipated musical productions aiming to opening within the next few Broadway seasons.


Missed the Fringe? We’ve got you covered

Missed the Fringe? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered on the musical happenings at this years Toronto Fringe Festival.  When it comes to musicals, the Fringe has it all; From one-woman shows to comedic musical duos to the full blown musical show. The variety at this years Fringe was endless, as was my theatrical appetite. 

Over the past two weeks I had the opportunity to attend almost all the musicals within the festival and I was absolutely blown away by the caliber of talent this city has to offer. The festival offers a unique Toronto experience where patrons can witness new theatre works at discounted prices.  Although all the productions were fantastic, there were 5 shows in particular that left me craving for more.

All That’s Known: Facts about Spring Awakening

With the recent announcement that Spring Awakening will return to Broadway this fall, we decided to dive into the history of this iconic musical.

The revival production, scheduled to open on Broadway on September 27, 2015 is being brought in from the L.A company Deaf West Theatre. The company  centers itself around re-imagining theatre productions using a mix of hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing actors to perform shows. Under the directing leadership of Michael Arden (yes, that Michael Arden, think Bare, Big River, Hunchback),  the company practice of assigning certain roles to two actors, one singing, the other signing opens the art form up to deaf performers and theatregoers. This staging is bringing new depths to character development and insight and has been wowing audiences since its inception.