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Cats and Evita revived for the London stage

London - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Cats and Evita are both returning to the West End of London, it was announced on Friday The pair are returning for limited seasons.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Musical 'Holler if Ya Hear Me' related to Tupac bombs on Broadway

New York City - After a rocky start the musical "Holler if Ya Hear Me" has failed on Broadway. The public simply was not interested in hearing a different take on the music of Tupac Shakur.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

'Of Human Bondage', 'London Road' top the Dora Awards in Toronto Special

Toronto - It was an evening full of bondage and murder at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night — with local productions “Of Human Bondage,” “Venus in Fur” and “London Road” among the big winners at the annual awards ceremony for theatre in Toronto.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

X-Factor musical to close early

A London West End musical based on The X Factor is to close after just two months. The show was well received but ticket sales were lower than anticipated.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Review: Alive from the Scrapheap tells a beautiful story

New York - Christina Rubino is a New York native who strives to tell a meaningful story. “Alive from the Scrapheap” tells a beautiful story. It’s about an artist who got lost trying to find herself and only found herself when she was lost.
In the Media by Wesley Butler

The new Legends of Oz trailer that made @MsLeaMichele 'happy'

On the Instagram account of esteemed performer Lea Michele, it was announced via photo that the actress of Glee fame is "Happy to share" that the new trailer for Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return was expected out exclusively on Yahoo! Movies.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Review: ‘London Road’, making its Toronto debut, is a bona fide original Special

Toronto - In all the years I've been writing sporadic theatre reviews — from student papers through local weeklies to “Digital Journal” — this is the first time I’ve ever had to write these words: I’ve honestly never seen anything like this play.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

NBC's next live musical event will be 'Peter Pan,' cast TBA

After the ratings success of "The Sound of Music," the execs at NBC have decided that the network's next live musical event will be "Peter Pan."
In the Media by Tucker Cummings

Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees to host male musical revue

Fresh off his "Package Tour" with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block, Jeff Timmons has a new venture in the works, a docu-series entitled "Men of The Strip."
In the Media by Markos Papadatos

Review: Smaller space gives 'next to normal' intimate feel in Toronto Special

Toronto - Many contemporary stage musicals, especially big ones, can't help reminding you of the old “Futurama” line: “You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That makes me feel angry!” That advice could have helped “next to normal”.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: Frothy summer fun with a Cole Porter classic Special

Toronto - "Anything Goes" is a fun, lively time at the theater. For jazz lovers especially, it's a heavenly ride. The touring production of the music, on now in Toronto, offers great singing, glamorous costumes, and dazzling dance numbers.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

Tony Awards: 'Kinky Boots' kicks its way to six wins

New York - With Neil Patrick Harris as host, the 67th Annual Tony Awards were handed out at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City tonight (June 9).
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

All-Canadian cast remounts the classic musical 'Cats' in Toronto Special

Toronto - As the song says, “Let the memory live again.” It's been more than three decades since “Cats” opened in London's West End and on Broadway, redefining the stage musical. Now, the beloved show is back to win over a new generation – in Toronto.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Touring 'Book of Mormon' blends bad taste with genuine heart

Edgy, un-PC humour isn't in vogue this year. Neither is irony, it seems. One wonders if that could become a problem for 'The Book of Mormon' (the Broadway musical, not the religious book) as touring productions reach audiences outside New York.
In the Media by Jeff Cottrill

Review: ‘Les Misérables’ is first-rate but a little too intimate Special

‘Les Misérables’ is an epic musical adapted for the big screen with a stellar cast portraying the wretched characters as they try to survive during the years leading up to and during the French Revolution.
Digital Journal Report by Sarah Gopaul - 3 comments

Preview: 'Landfill Harmonic', music from a Paraguay slum

A preview for an upcoming documentary, "Landfill Harmonic", about Cateura, a slum in Paraguay situated on a landfill, where residents create music from the trash and have started "The Recycled Orchestra."
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever!' opens in London

London - The Spice Girls reunited Tuesday for the premiere of a West End musical based on their rise to fame. All five members of the popular 90s girl group attended the launch of show, "Viva Forever!''
In the Media by Layne Weiss

Star-studded world premiere of 'Les Misérables' in London Special

London - The stars aligned on the red carpet at the world premiere of Les Misérables, including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

Review: La Cage is a fun if tame folly Special

Toronto - George Hamilton opened the musical version of La Cage Aux Folles in Toronto this past week. He looks great in a suit, but doesn't quite fit the part.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Review: Sister Act offers divine fun Special

Toronto - Sister Act, the musical based on the 1992 movie, opened in Toronto as part of a national tour following its Broadway run. It's a fun-filled spectacle that cleverly riffs on classic dance tunes while keeping the mood light-hearted.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Review: Backbeat offers a bombastic Beatles history lesson Special

Toronto - Long before The Beatles were famous, they cut their creative teeth in the gritty clubs of Hamburg, Germany. A new musical based on the 1994 movie explores this time, and the complex relationship between John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Ontario's Stratford a scenic city for memorable musical theatre Special

Stratford - Home to the legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the quaint city of Stratford, Ontario shines with idyllic riverside walks, intriguing culinary creations and outdoor music shows.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg - 2 comments

Million Dollar Quartet rocks on Special

Toronto - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins made history when they gathered at Sun Studios on December 4, 1956. The musical based on that evening offers a powerful reminder of the magic that emanated from a small Memphis studio.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

NBC to air live broadcast of 'The Sound Of Music'

NBC announced Friday that it is planning to team up with "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for a live television broadcast of the "Sound of Music," the LA Times is reporting.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 1 comment

Teaser trailer for new 'Les Misérables' movie released

Megamusical lovers, get ye to YouTube. Or to your local movie theatres. Universal Studios has just put out the first trailer for the long-awaited film version of "Les Misérables", which is due for release on December 14.
In the Media by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

West Side Story: A Tale For Our Times Special

Toronto - West Side Story, currently being staged in Toronto, is the perfect musical for 2012, a time when America is suffering extreme divisions along racial, political, religious, and economic lines.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 4 comments

Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart working on film musical

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart are currently working on a musical film called Hole in the Fence, which is based on an original concept by the two musicians.
In the Media by Abigail Prendergast - 1 comment

Review: In The Heights fails to soar Special

Toronto - Not going above 96th Street, haggling with the super to get on rooftops, and summertime power blackouts are familiar experiences for New Yorkers. Can the touring production of In The Heights overcome geography? Don’t hold your breath, Toronto.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Caroline's Tough, Beautiful Change Special

Toronto - The production of Caroline, or Change currently running in Toronto made me wonder why Tony Kushner’s work isn’t produced more often in Canada.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy
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Backbeat: The Birth Of The Beatles is now playing in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Photo o...
Nobby Clark
Backbeat: The Birth Of The Beatles is now playing in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Photo of Andrew Knott (as John Lennon) and Daniel Healy (as Paul McCartney) by Nobby Clark.
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Backbeat portrays The Beatles struggles as they rose to fame  playing the clubs along Hamburg s Reep...
Cylla von Tiedemann
Backbeat portrays The Beatles struggles as they rose to fame, playing the clubs along Hamburg's Reeperbahn. Paul McCartney (Daniel Healy), George Harrison (Dan Westwick), Stuart Sutcliffe (Nick Blood), and John Lennon (Andrew Knott) played six hour sets and would repeat many popular rock tunes of the day.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer  Bobby Pestka  Rachel York  Jerem...
Joan Marcus
Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
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From Here to Eternity the Musical‎
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From Here to Eternity the Musical‎
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The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy  joy-filled performance  and are assisted by great design...
Joan Marcus
The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy, joy-filled performance, and are assisted by great design, along with disco-inspired choreography by Anthony Van Laast.
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Stuart Sutcliffe (Nick Blood) gets his first lessons on the bass from John Lennon (Andrew Knott) in ...
Nobby Clark
Stuart Sutcliffe (Nick Blood) gets his first lessons on the bass from John Lennon (Andrew Knott) in Backbeat: The Birth Of The Beatles, on now at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.
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Santa and his elf watching Improv Everywhere singing.
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Improv Everywhere
Santa and his elf watching Improv Everywhere singing. (Screen capture)
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Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins and Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash in The National Tour of Million Dollar Q...
Jeremy Daniel
Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins and Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash in The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
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Musical group The Last Hombres
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Musical group The Last Hombres
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Les Miserables at London s Palace Theatre
Rick Payette
Les Miserables at London's Palace Theatre
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Ta Rea Campbell as Deloris and Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior in the touring production of Sister ...
Joan Marcus
Ta'Rea Campbell as Deloris and Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior in the touring production of Sister Act.
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Dan Goodman (Mark Willett) tries to help his wife Diana (Kylie McMahon) restore her memory in  next ...
Seanna Kennedy
Dan Goodman (Mark Willett) tries to help his wife Diana (Kylie McMahon) restore her memory in "next to normal", at Toronto's Lower Ossington Theatre.
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New York: The Al Hirschfield Theatre adorned for  Kinky Boots.  The musical with songs by Cyndi Laup...
Blethering Scot
New York: The Al Hirschfield Theatre adorned for 'Kinky Boots.' The musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper, won six Tony Awards at the 2013 ceremony on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles ...
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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre through mid-November.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke  Erich Bergen and Company.
Joan Marcus
Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke, Erich Bergen and Company.
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A scene from You re a Good Man  Charlie Brown at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
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A scene from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
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The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet.
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The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet.
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Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
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Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
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