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The Year of The Child – Why Falsettos?

Upon reading our Musical Notes blog, a patron asked me if I programmed Falsettos because the themes of the show mirrored the themes in my own life (starting a family, redefining the definition of a traditional family). The answer – I don’t think so, but maybe a little?!

There are so many elements that go into programming a season: What shows will help to advance the organization, taking our audiences in new directions while continuing to offer the special elements that make their Acting Up Stage experience unique? What shows make sense for the company of artists who we hope to work with? What shows will provoke interesting dialogue and discourse amongst patrons who attend?

So where did Falsettos come from? More


And they’re off!

Today, Alexis and Andres talk about Falsettos auditions, what it’s like to be on the other side of the table and how fabulous Blythe Wilson is.


The Year of The Child #2

I always wonder what the twins will think of musical theatre. Will they be avid fans who accompany me to opening nights from a young age? Or will musical theatre be the nerdy thing that their Dad does which they wouldn’t be caught dead getting involved with?

Wanting to find the balance between imposing my passions onto my children and NOT, I have been very careful to not introduce too much musical theatre to them. I haven’t yet made them watch the DVD of the original Into The Woods (do you think a 3 month old can appreciate the genius that is Joanna Gleason?), and our Annie wig will stay packed in the box this Halloween. More


The Year of the Child #1

When we decided we were going to launch our “Musical Notes” initiative, I was asked to write a weekly posting, tracking the journey of an Artistic Director over the course of a season. While this was a great idea, it posed one problem – “Musical Notes” was launching exactly when I was taking a 5 month parental leave from Acting Up Stage to care for my newborn twins who were born on June 13! I wasn’t so sure that people who wanted to know what an Artistic Director does would be all that interested in how many diapers get changed daily.

(As a side note: I was going to gamble that I change the most number of diapers daily compared to any Artistic Director/Producer in the city until I remembered that Brian Goldenberg from Angelwalk Theatre has triplets.) More


Jeff Lillico’s Triple Threat

What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing?

What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing? Chicago, which I saw in London’s west end. I’ve always loved Fosse. I’m a big Michael Jackson fan, particularly for his choreography, and it’s been said his moves were very influenced by Fosse. Chicago’s choreography is so slick and sexy, I love it. 

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Ragtime. I saw it on tour many years ago and again at the Shaw Festival this year. More