Tag: Michael John LaChiusa


The Wild Party wins at the Doras!

Once again, the Toronto theatre, dance, and opera community gathered to celebrate all the great work made over the past year at the annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards!

We had a whopping 8 nominations (!) in the Musical Theatre Division for our production of The Wild Party this past winter and were lucky enough to see two of our colleagues walk up on stage and give their thanks. Watch the speeches from actor Daren A. Herbert and choreography Stephanie Graham below! More


My Wild Party Experience in New York City

Unionville High School had a tradition – every year the Grade 10 Drama Students would go on a trip New York City in May. So, in early May of 2000, I boarded the bus to the Big Apple.

We departed early Monday morning and pulled up to the Skyline Hotel at West 49th St and 10th Ave. around 7 p.m.; it was four students to a room. We spent that first night wandering around Times Square; candy stores, Toys-R-Us and neon lights. I don’t really remember what we did during the days (Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, Harlem… it’s all kind of a blur) because the real reason I went on the trip was to go see Broadway musicals. More


An Evening with Michael John LaChiusa & Sheridan College

When a musical theatre legend comes to town to see a production of his own show, he must be celebrated! And we were so thrilled to be able to do so for Michael John LaChiusa – composer and lyricist of The Wild Party. LaChiusa arrived in Toronto over the weekend and attended two performances of The Wild Party, facilitated a workshop with this year’s Banks Prize winners and our RBC Apprentice Program performers, and wowed an audience of patrons* and donors with an exclusive Q&A (hosted by Mitchell Marcus), featuring performances from music theatre students at Sheridan College.  More


Six surprising facts about our Wild Party

Another show, another opening. On Friday we put The Wild Party in front of an audience for the first time. I feel that usual combination of excitement and terror. Mostly though, I’m just delighted to share this massive show and its incredible cast with Toronto.

The Wild Party itself has a dramatic history: the original 1928 poem was nationally banned for its risque content, and two different musicals inspired by the poem, both called The Wild Party, both opened in New York City in 2000 (considered to be the first time in Broadway history that’s ever happened). As such, I thought it appropriate to share a few little known – and hopefully interesting – facts about our production of The Wild Party and its own unusual and winding path to arrive at the Berkeley Theatre stage. More


Why you should attend our free music workshops

We think The Wild Party is so good, it would be a shame if the cast members were the only people who got to sing Michael John LaChiusa’s wonderful music. So, Acting Up Stage is offering two FREE workshops to invite audience members to sing a piece of The Wild Party‘s repertoire, lead by our assistant musical director Tara Litvack. They’re taking place following the evening performance on Friday, Feb. 27th (showtime is 7 p.m., the workshop taking place at approximately 9:10 p.m.) and following the matinee performance on Sunday Mar. 1 (showtime is 1 p.m., the workshop taking place at approximately 3:10 p.m.). Here’s why Tara loves the music of The Wild Party, and why you will too. More