An Interview with: Alessandro Costantini, From the Canadian Company of DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Alessandro Costantini in DEAR EVAN HANSEN – Canadian Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2019.

Alessandro Costantini in DEAR EVAN HANSEN – Canadian Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2019.

With Dear Evan Hansen, one of Toronto’s biggest shows of the season, ending its run later this month, we sat down with Alessandro Costantini, who shared with us an in-depth look at his journey with this groundbreaking musical.  

Alessandro is currently playing Jared Kleinman in the Canadian production of Dear Evan Hansen.  Alessandro is the former Interim Associate Artistic Director of The Musical Stage Company and is the founder and Artistic Director of YES Theatre in Sudbury. 

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OUR TOP MUSICAL THEATRE FRINGE PICKS FOR 2019!

It’s that time of the year again, everyone’s favourite summer theatre festival is back! To help you sort through all 150+ shows of The Toronto Fringe Festival, we have carefully curated a must-see musical list!
Check out our top picks below and get Fringin’! 

The 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival is on from July 3 – 14, visit them online for more information and tickets.

 

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Who Decides Who Wins a Tony Award?

While there are hundreds of voting members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who decide who gets nominated for and who wins an Oscar every year, in theatre, the path to receiving a Tony Award is a little bit more complex. Read on to learn more about the people that decide who walks away with theatre’s biggest honour—and then join us to see who will win a Tony Award this year, at our 4th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party at Striker Sports Bar on June 9th.


Did you know that there are three committees who shape the outcome of the Tony Awards every year? First is the Tony Awards Administration Committee, made up of 24 people who are members of a theatrical union. This committee is responsible for determining what categories a Broadway show’s cast and crew can be nominated in, and appointing the Tony Award Nominating Committee.

This year, the Tony Award Nominating Committee is made up of 48 working theatre professionals. Each member sees all the productions in the 2018-19 Broadway season, then meets to decide which productions are nominated. Each member on the committee serves a 3-year term. Members of the Nominating Committee are professionals working in entertainment across the United States, from actors to producers.

After the Nominating Committee chooses their nominees, the task of deciding who wins a Tony Award falls to the Tony voters. While the Administration Committee and the Nominating Committee are small, there are approximately 846 eligible Tony voters. Voters include members of The Broadway League (which includes theatre owners and managers, producers, and presenters from across the US), select members of theatrical acting and design unions, as well as select press agents, casting directors, talent agents, and theatre critics. 

Tony voters are expected to see each production in the Broadway season before they cast their votes, and receive free tickets in order to make this possible. Tony voters are also supposed to refrain from casting a vote in a category if they have not seen all the nominated productions—although this rule is enforced on the honour system. Technically, there’s nothing stopping a Tony voter from voting for Tootsie for Best Musical this year, even if that voter hasn’t seen Hadestown or The Prom.

Santino Fontana (center) as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Right now, Tony voters may be making their picks for who will win at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, as voters submit their ballots online in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Until June 9th, no one—except a select few accountants who tally the votes—knows who the winners of this year’s Tony Awards will be. But if you think you’re pretty good at predicting the winners, you can join us at Striker Sports Bar on June 9th for our FREE Tony Awards Viewing Party, where you can fill out an awards ballot, win prizes, and enjoy the Tony Awards on the big screen with your fellow theatre fans. Space is limited—get your tickets now!


The Importance of Sharing Stories On Mental Illness: Dr. Rosenbluth on Next to Normal

By: Michael Rosenbluth, Community Consultant for Next to Normal

Michael Rosenbluth, MD, FRCPC, is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. 

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Gardeners and Flowers: Nathan Carroll on Next to Normal

By: Nathan Carroll

Nearly everyone I’ve ever met knows I’m obsessed with Will & Grace.

For the better part of 20 years, I’ve watched at least one episode a day.  The characters mean so much to me that I’ve got their apartment number tattooed on my skin.

In one of my favourite episodes, ‘The Unsinkable Mommy Adler,’ Grace brings up how Will sees people:

“Will has a theory about relationships. One person is the gardener who tends, and the other person is the flower who gets tended to.”

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