For the last few years, our company has had the pleasure of sending representation to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals. This year, Stephanie Graham (Intern Artistic Director), Kevin Wong (Associate Artistic Director), and Robert McQueen (Director of New Musical Development) attended. In this blog entry, Kevin and Stephanie debrief on their experience at the festival! More
In anticipation for our 2nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on June 11th, we are thrilled to cheer for a new Canadian musical, Come From Away, which is up for seven awards!
Canadian musical theatre has often been overshadowed by our larger, flashier, more affluent American neighbour. Though we may accredit many of the big name musical hits to USA, Canadian musicals are beginning to make their mark on 42nd street. While many popular Canadian cities are stomping grounds for touring productions and pre-Broadway runs, we have a few original titles that have made a name for Canadians on Broadway.
Check them out below!
Written By Trevor Patt
“You are here, at the start of a moment.” This is a lyric from the new Broadway-bound Canadian musical, Come From Away, written by composing duo (and husband and wife) David Hein and Irene Sankoff. More
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the next great Canadian musical.
Over the last few weeks, happily, I have been immersed in experiences that celebrate Canadian writers working on musicals. In the middle of May I flew out to Vancouver to the In Tune conference and enjoyed showcases of over a dozen musicals in development out West. Earlier this month, I attended Blame Canada presented by the amazing new Canadian Musical Theatre Writers’ Collective and Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project. During that evening, some of our finest artists presented excellent songs by established and emerging Canadian musical theatre writers. At the recent Toronto Fringe Festival, I saw several new musicals and participated in a very well-attended talk for writers interested in developing new musicals. And later next month, the Musical Works in Concert Festival, co-produced with Theatre 20, will present readings of four new musicals in development.