Bruce Dow’s Triple Threat

Bruce Dow is one of the great contemporary Canadian musical theatre performers, having performed on Broadway (most recently as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar),  at Stratford (including his turn as Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and on stages across the continent. He is a Dora and Jessie award nominated performer, cabaret artist and composer who’s star only continues to rise as he wows artists and critics alike. 

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

Wandelust, by Morris Panych and Marek Norman, played this summer in Stratford. The choreography was by Diana Coatsworth, whom I have long known as a brilliant actor — but — I had never seen her work as a choreographer. Between Morris and Diana, they came up with some of the most inventive and creative musical staging I have ever seen. Images and movement that really told story and illustrated the intention of the scene. Breathtaking, really. More

The Year of The Child – Sleepless Nights

I am staring at the clock:
4:00 AM… 4:15 AM… 4:30 AM… 5:00 AM…

Many parents complain that they don’t sleep when they have children. That their children keep them up all night. That is not my problem.

My children wake-up once. Yes… only once! Usually between 2:30 and 3:00 AM after going to bed around 7PM (they then wake up for good by 8:30AM). I wake up, feed them both (which takes about an hour) and then get back into bed, knowing that I get 3 or 4 more glorious hours of sleep. More

MT Scavenger Hunt: The Beaver Den

The Beaver Den, produced by Jazz Squared Theatre, is set in 1999 in the wake of a children’s entertainment revolution and follows a cast of young actors “stuck” on a kid’s TV show filmed in Northern Ontario. Will they save the show from complete corporate takeover? It’s a musical…so probably. Get ready for a hilarious, outrageous and perfectly polite time at the Beaver Den! More

Paul Sportelli’s Triple Threat

Paul Sportelli

Paul Sportelli has been the Music Director at the Shaw Festival for fourteen seasons, where he has music directed such hits as My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George and, most recently, Ragtime. He has also composed multiple scores and is the winner of two Dora awards, including one for his first musical with partner Jay Turvey, Little Mercy’s First Murder.

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

Chicago. And I mean the original production—it was the second Broadway musical I ever saw.

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Three shows: Sweeney Todd (original Broadway production), Sunday in the Park with George (original Broadway production) and The Light in the Piazza. I was completely transported by all three. And I saw Sunday on Broadway when I was a poor student in NYC, and I managed to get enough money together to see it a second time. More