Category: Falsettos

Michael Levinson’s Triple Threat

Michael Levinson

Sometimes when you see a kid on stage it just pulls you straight out the world of the play. Other times, they bring such honesty and openness to the role that you can’t help but feel with them throughout the entire show. 11 year old Michael Levinson definitely falls in the latter category. As Noah, the sometimes inquisitive, ofttimes imploring sun at the heart of last year’s Caroline, or Change, Michael broke audiences hearts and got himself a Dora nomination in the process. He is a major up and coming star, performing in all sorts of TV/Film (including the breakout hit The LA Complex and across Canadian stages. We’re so happy to have him on board again this season playing Jason, the naive son shuttled between sparring spouses in our upcoming production of Falsettos

What musical will you always remember for its score?

I have to say Caroline or Change wins this category for me. As an 11 year old person, I don’t know that many musical scores, but I had the incredible opportunity to play the role of “Noah” in Acting Up Stage’s production last year. At first, the score seemed really difficult to listen to, but once I learned the music, it became more and more special. It is an incredible piece of music!

You’re on a desert island and you can only bring on cast recording. What is it and why?

Here I think I would need some cheering up – just in case I didn’t survive the adventure! So, Mary Poppins would do it for me – “ Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down.” Fun and lots of memorable tunes.

What musical will you always remember for its choreography?

I loved the movement and dancing in Billy Elliot. It even inspired me to ask for my first pair of tap shoes!

What is your dream role that you’ll never get to play?

I think the role of Gavroche – I had hoped to try out for the new Toronto production of Les Miserables, but unfortunately, I have grown too tall for the role. 

What musical will you always remember for its book/virtuosic acting?

I know my choice may seem unusual, but based on my own experience, the script and book in the musical, The Full Monty is well written and hilarious. I loved playing the role of Nathan last year, and my final line which ended the show was “I love you, you big…”

What is your guiltiest pleasure musical?

I have to say “Sister Act 1 and 2” – hilarious, corny and cheesy – but great fun. [Ed’s note: We love Sister Act (the movie of course) too Michael!] 

What movie would you love to see musicalized?

Over the March school vacation I watched a classic movie called Chariots of Fire. I was hooked! I think this would make a great musical theatre piece, with some interesting characters for males.

You can catch Michael as Jason in our upcoming production of Falsettos. 

Tim French’s Triple Threat

Tim French has had a long and illustrious career in musical theatre as a performer, director and choreographer. He has directed and choreographed all across Canada, including Stratford, Soulpepper and, most recently, for Acting Up Stage’s Caroline, or Change. He has been nominated for almost every award in the book, including the Doras, the Betty Mitchells, the Sterling Haynes and the Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Directors. Tim French is the choreographer of our upcoming production of Falsettos

What musical will you always remember for its score?

Sunday in the Park with George. 

You’re on a desert island and you can only bring on cast recording. What is it and why?

Sunday in the Park. It’s a rich and moving and beautiful score by Sondheim. I never get tired of listening to it. And it’s about the artist and the fraught act of creation, the balance or imbalance of life and art, and the difficult moments of transitions in one’s life. More

Finn Fridays – Interview with William Finn!

As we get into high gear for our upcoming production of Falsettos, take a trip with us through William Finn’s Songbook every Friday. 

Ok, it’s a Thursday… but we just couldn’t wait to share our interview with William Finn with you. So sit back, relax and watch as Robert McQueen, the director of Falsettos, interviews the legend himself. More

Falsettos First Rehearsal – Photo Blog

Rehearsals for Falsettos  got off to an exciting start yesterday, beginning with a meet and greet , an introductory welcome from Mitchell and followed by a complete concept and design presentation by director Robert McQueen, music director Reza Jacobs, choreographer Tim French and costume design Alex Amini. We got some behind the scenes photos of the action to give you all a sneak peek into the first rehearsal room!


Director Robert McQueen talks about the inspiration of graffiti art in 1970’s NYC Subways


 Mitchell Marcus delivers a welcome address to the entire cast and crew – exciting!


Our Banks Prize Winner, Alexis Gordon, gets a real 24 hour perspective on the rehearsal process as she serves as Michael’s chaperone for the next 7 weeks! Here, we capture her in an intense conversation with Eric Morin, who plays Whizzer.


The maquette for the Act II Set – that’s right folks, we change the whole set around during intermission!


Robert’s background research in preparation for Falsettos. 


Costume designer Alex Amini’s inspiration board

Meet the Gay Dad Project – Interview #2

We were so lucky to have e-met Amie of the Gay Dad Project back in the Fall – a recently founded interactive hub for gay fathers and their children. Through open and respectful dialogue they hope to give visibility to families and create a safe space for conversation. As part of our ongoing partnership with them in conjunction with Falsettos, all four of the founders – Amie and Pete, and Erin and Larry – sat down to answer our questions based on their own personal experience vis-a-vis Marvin’s journey in the musical. Here is Erin and Larry’s video!

You can find out more about the Gay Dad Project on their website, including their inspiring kickstarter campaign towards the making of a documentary on the subject. You can also meet Amie and Pete when they host one of the Choose Your Own Adventure Post Show Chats after the May 7 performance of Falsettos.