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


Out There #2 – Resurrecting The Megamusical

Last week production on Rebecca, based on the 1938 gothic novel and subsequent hitchock thriller about the haunted estate at Manderlay came to an uncompromisingly abrupt halt. Paul Abrams, the mysterious overseas producer who’s ship had come to the rescue back in August when lead producer, Ben Sprecher, announced a $4.5 million shortfall, took his exit just as suddenly as reports filtered in that he had died of malaria last week. Leaving the production in the lurch, Sprecher was forced to admit that he had never actually met Mr. Abrams, had corresponded with him simply via email and, in the absence of both a death certificate or obituary, couldn’t be certain that the mysterious investor ever existed. More


Craigslist Ad of the Week — Name my Fish

Name my Fish

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata runs from Jan 30 – Mar 3, 2013 at the Factory Studio Theatre. Tickets are now on sale, or visit our website for more info.


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.


Barbara Barsky’s Triple Threat

Barbara Barsky

Barb Barsky is best known for originating the role of Norma Desmond in the Canadian Premiere of Sunset Boulevard, her much lauded turn as Mama Rose in the Arts Club Production of Gypsy and her seven Dora nominated performances including Mimi Schwinn in Acting Up Stage’s A New Brain.

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

I have a great fondness for West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Chicago. But for me, the best marriage of dance and story will always be Michael Bennett’s A Chorus Line. The depiction of the dancer’s life was truthful and inspiring. Years ago I had the good fortune to be cast by Mr. Bennett in the first national company, and I remember the audition as if it were yesterday. We were all asked not to chew gum (as per the actual script) and to do a triple time step and a double turn. Even though these are the most basic of steps, they remain the great leveler. “Hello Twelve,” “The Music and The Mirror,” and of course, “One”… brilliant. More