An Evening with Patti LuPone is something that should never be missed. Combine that with the possibility of Mandy Patinkin on the stage, and suddenly everyone might wonder if the stage is big enough for these two very big diva egos. :) Take comfort in the fact that the songs and the music fill the space so much that the almost Doyle-ian scenery (lightbulbs on a stand?) is just something that changes colour every so often.

The evening was a great selection of songs from both Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein plus Kern, and Lloyd Webber. The playlist is below:

playlist )

With only a bass and piano accompaniment, and a very receptive audience, this evening was something that didn't depend beautiful orchestras or high-tech acoustics. An Evening with lets both performers sing selections from roles that they might never play: Nellie Forbush from South Pacific, or Billy Bigelow from Carousel. Although very surprised that there were no songs from Sunday in the Park with George or Sweeney Todd, I could also understand possible reasons (one pianist is not quite enough to coax the beautiful sounds that I associate with both shows).

The encore songs were unmicced, and the audio reflects that. Great to hear it in a small intimate space (yes, I can call the Royal Alex that since there are three levels, and even at 17 rows back, it was not cavernous).
"My wife takes pills and I drink. That's the bargain we've struck." -- One of the early lines we hear from Tracy Letts' August: Osage County.

It's on a short run here in the City, but well worth the time (3h20m) to see the production.

Oh Mirvish...

why do you do this to me?

>>You can now get the best seats in the house for only $25 (regularly priced at up to $89) if you attend any of the first week of performances - Thurs, Nov 5 @ 7:00PM; Fri, Nov 6 @ 7:00PM; Sat, Nov 7 @ 1:00PM & 7:00 PM; or Sun, Nov 8 @ 1:00 PM. To take advantage of this special offer, just call TicketKing at either 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333 or go online right here and quote the secret codeword ESTELLE <<

This just seals the deal on my future purchases will be so late into the run that it'll be ridiculous. No reason that I can see for me to pony up on funds now to see Fiddler since there might be some ridiculous sale just before it opens.

Same goes for Patti LuPone/Mandy Patinkin concerts in February. And Stuff Happens. And all that other stuff. No reasons for me to plunk out more money ahead of time. :/
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Will Strut to Broadway in Early 2011

By Kenneth Jones
October 2, 2009

The North American premiere of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Toronto in fall 2010 will be followed by a spring 2011 opening on Broadway, according to an industry casting notice.

Produced by Back Row Productions, Specific Films, Rafford Films, Nederlander Productions, Inc., Terri and Timothy Childs in association with MGM On Stage—Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber, the musical based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name will play 12 weeks at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto starting in October 2010 before moving to a Broadway house to be determined. A Broadway opening of March 2011 is listed on the casting notice.

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Two photos that actually turned out. These were taken with a point-and-shoot... so the quality is a lot less desirable than either of the cameras of doom.

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Riabko to Return to Spring Awakening Tour April 14

By Adam Hetrick
April 7, 2009

Kyle Riabko will return to the national tour of the Tony-winning Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical Spring Awakening on April 14.

Riabko, who succeeded Jonathan Groff as Melchior in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, originated that role for the national tour of the production, which launched in San Francisco last September.

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So, in a fit of frenzy (more like why can't I sleep?!) I tracked this out.

Liza with a Z, not Lisa with an S )
Mirvish Books Little House, Joseph, Young Frankenstein, Priscilla, August and More for Toronto

By Kenneth Jones
February 17, 2009

Producer David Mirvish will present nine productions on four Toronto stages for the 2009-10 season, with seven on the Mirvish Theatre Subscription.

The slate includes locally produced shows (Cloud 9, Stuff Happens) and touring productions (such as August: Osage County, Fiddler on the Roof), plus the North American premieres of the Australian musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Perry Henzell's reggae-infused The Harder They Come, the West End musical with songs by Jimmy Cliff.

Also planned are the Canadian premieres of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County and the new musical Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert. A resident Toronto production of David Hare's Stuff Happens, the play about the Bush administration's rush to war, will also be staged (by the Canadian troupe Studio 180).

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Fiddler on the Roof coming to Toronto in 2009
January 20, 2009
Richard Ouzounian

While the current economy may not make it seem like the most appropriate sentiment to express right now, David Mirvish is hoping we'll all be willing to sing "If I Were a Rich Man" by December.

That's when what is being billed as the "farewell tour" of Fiddler on the Roof will come to the Canon Theatre as part of the 2009 Mirvish subscription season, the Star has learned. Starring Topol, the Israeli actor who shot to international prominence in the role of Tevye the dairyman in Norman Jewison's 1971 screen adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical, the show is expected to play here from Dec. 8, 2009 through Jan. 10, 2010, providing a feel-good family show for everyone, whether you choose the menorah or the manger.

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After Chicago, Rob Roy Musical To Play Toronto March-April 2009; Cariou Directs

By Kenneth Jones
December 16, 2008

Rob Roy The Musical, the new musical based on the legendary 18th-century Scottish hero, will make its Canadian premiere at Toronto's Elgin Theatre in March 2009 following its North American debut in Chicago.

The musical is directed by Tony Award winner Len Cariou, with book, music and lyrics by David Warrack.

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So, several things - I've loaded as individual tracks, the choral singing. I've also loaded as a zip file, all of the songs (Julia and the choral stuff). It is sans banter, transitions, applause, chatter, etc etc.

I've also not loaded (as individual songs) the 'sing-alongs' because there was a lovely lady behind me who had a lovely voice... that is captured really clearly.

Take what you'd want and so forth. Share and share alike.

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The Spirit of Christmas Concert
zip | 100.51MB
The first part of Julia's songs -- musical theatre plus her own album.

Wicked, Ragtime, and Joni Mitchell.

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So, sometimes I wonder why I believe in backups for backups... and tonight I was reminded why. The HiMD decided that it was going to be recalcitrant and not function, so I have an audio by MD (two discs actually), and by the Sandisk.

Julia was lovely, she sang many songs. The chorus was fine, but since everything was in (I felt) a clear soprano, it was as exciting to hear as oatmeal settling. I was sitting next to a father with a jittery young daughter, so you may hear the candy wrappers, the juice box, and the jelly beans.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Open in Toronto in Fall 2009

By Andrew Gans
December 9, 2008

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical based on the 1994 Australian film about a trio of drag queens who take their show to the middle of the outback aboard a battered old bus nicknamed Priscilla, will make its North American premiere in fall 2009 in Toronto at a David Mirvish theatre.

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Chioran, Barsky, Gallagher Will Star in Toronto Premiere of Finn's A New Brain

By Kenneth Jones
November 26, 2008

William Finn and James Lapine's musical A New Brain, about career, relationship and health upheavals, will get its Toronto premiere by producer Mitchell Marcus and Acting Up Stage Theatre Company in 2009.

Respected Canadian theatre veterans Barbara Barsky and Juan Chioran are among cast members. Daryl Cloran will direct the new production, to run Feb. 12-March 1, 2009, at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs in Toronto.

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So. While I dither about ALNM/January 12, I did do something constructive this morning - and that would be tracking this audio. I also have the Chris Mann segment (30 minutes of opening act), hence the time that Idina started was really 9PM. A two hour show, yeah :)

Let me know if you're snagging - just because. :)

I'm back from Ms Menzel's concert at the Music Hall. There is audio, although I suspect that there should be more than one version of the evening available, having met [ profile] absinthelisa and [ profile] madgeorge and friends before going into the building. The bass and the band were quite heavy this time, so the audio will reflect that. Even though cameras were supposed to be checked (i.e., no cameras inside), there was at least one person with an SLR taking photos (no flash), and any number of cellphone photo takers.

I liked the evening, although it's been trumped by the Kassebaum/A Little Night Music news for the moment. I need to sleep, and try to figure out how to stop my internal machinations that want to be in NYC on January 12.
Jersey Boys Extends Toronto Run Through February 2009; New Canadian Cast Expected

By Andrew Gans
October 20, 2008

The Toronto engagement of Jersey Boys, which began performances Aug. 21 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, has been extended through Feb. 1, 2009.

Initially scheduled to run through Oct. 5, the engagement of the Tony-winning musical had already been extended several times. A new Canadian cast, which will be announced shortly, will step into the production in mid-December.

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Aug. 14th, 2008 01:04 pm
I'll be out West while Spamalot starts... but just in case someone wants to reach for the Grail...

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has both Rush and Lottery.

Rush details: see here:


TUESDAY – SATURDAY 11:00-8:00, SUNDAY 12:00-7:45*
$30.00 EACH

Lottery information:

the usual 2 hours before show for entry, selection an hour before showtime
25/ticket; limit 2 tickets/person, cash only etc etc
Streetwise Avenue Q deserves an 'A'

Avenue Q takes its cues (Q's?) from Greek theatre: By letting phony characters do the talking and singing, they can get away with a lot more.
July 30, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

Avenue Q

* * * *(out of 4)

Music & lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Book by Jeff Whitty. Directed by Jason Moore. Until Aug. 31 at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 416-644-3665

It's been five years since I saw Avenue Q when it opened on Broadway, and judging from the enthusiastic reaction of last night's crowd at the Elgin Theatre, it's lost none of its power to entertain or engage an audience.

I don't think it's necessary to be a part of the 20-something crowd that this tuneful, touching musical is written about to feel its full effect, because at some point in our lives we've all set out with bright soaring ideals only to have them shot down in flames.

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Cities and Venues Announced for National Tour of Spring Awakening

By Adam Hetrick
June 12, 2008

The national tour of Spring Awakening will spread "the word of your body" at several cities across the country.

As previously reported, the Tony Award-winning musical will rock San Diego's Balboa Theatre Aug. 15-31 prior to its official tour launch at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Sept. 4-Oct. 12.

Additional engagements for the tour now include extended runs in Los Angeles and Boston, as well as stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis.

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The first snippet of the final performance of the tour cast in Toronto. Please forgive the sniffly people beside me, and the baby that was brought to the performance, and a later cellphone ringing. :(

Dana DeLisa (the Eliza alternate) was performing today.

01 Overture
mp3 | 2.29MB

I'll track the rest of the audio sometime after the birds stop singing in the morning.
Beyond knowing that Julia Murney sang Cathy in 2006 (at Freud's Playhouse in UCLA), I'd never really paid much attention to JRB's The Last Five Years. I understood the general premise (two storylines meeting in the middle, intersect and then separate - a bit like Merrily We Roll Along with the whole 'reverse' storyline) but I'd never actively sought out L5Y audios, even though I'm sure that I would have liked to hear renditions by Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott respectively.

The Bread and Circus is a very small and intimate venue - seating 48 and there's no more than say... six feet from the furthest audience member to the stage front.

Thoughts on JRB's writings - Jamie's songs are so much stronger than Cathy, and regardless of how much it was based upon his own life experiences, I find that this becomes an in-balance within the musical - Jamie gets the funnier/audience-attention-grabbing songs and in general, the character of Cathy is left very much an empty canvas to be filled.

So, this audio's been tracked out to 192kbps. My deepest thanks to [ profile] absinthelisa for suggesting the show :) A return trip to Kensington market should yield more 'hole in the wall' places for empanadas :)

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Happy Memorial Day weekend to those observing the Monday.

Happy Sunday to those not observing the holiday Monday.

And I'm not sure why I'm already up and much too energetic for a 7AM Sunday. :( Suffice it to say, I'll probably go and try to catch another hour of sleep if'n I can.

So, yesterday [ profile] absinthelisa and I went to see a small and intimate production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and as it's become my habit, I had more electronics on me than would be safe for a multitude of reasons.

I'll have more thoughts written up when I gain some coherence. :)

In the mean time, a song. :)

01 Still Hurting
mp3 | 7.26MB


The Last Five Years
Written and Comped by Jason Robert Brown

CAST: Karita Mullins (Cathy), Scott Pietrangelo (Jamie)

Recorded: May 24, 2008 evening
An Awakening star is born
May 14, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

"To tell you the truth," says Kyle Riabko,with his most engaging grin, "the thing that scares me the most is the fact that my ass is going to be showing and my grandparents will see it."

The 20-year-old rocker from Saskatchewan, who was virtually unknown a week ago, is talking about the fact that he starts playing the lead role on Broadway next week in the Tony Award-winning, hotter-than-hot musical about youthful sexuality called Spring Awakening.

In an exclusive interview with the Star just before he left for New York, Riabko talked about his crazy career on the Canadian music scene that started when he was 10 and brought him Broadway stardom on his very first trip to New York.

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The lady's great, the play's fair
May 12, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

My Fair Lady

2.5* (out of 4)

By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Until May 31 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-872-1111

The lady's really loverly, but nothing else around her is of quite the same spectacular calibre.

That's the verdict on the production of My Fair Lady that opened at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Friday as part of Dancap Productions' season.

The classic Lerner-Loewe musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, is still one of the near-perfect works of the form.

Phonetics professor Henry Higgins bets a friend that – purely through proper speech and manners – he can turn "a crushed cabbage leaf" of a flower seller into "a consort fit for a king."

It's a definite treat to see it again and an equal delight that the classy main hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts is back in business once more, being used for the purpose for which it was created.

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The Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre production of My Fair Lady has arrived in Toronto and it's something that has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue I guess.

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42 Get Me to the Church on Time
mp3 | 6.44MB

So, I'll begin the slow task of loading both acts onto SS and hopefully it'll all happen before nightfall comes. :)
So, it's taken me roughly two... maybe three hours to get through the first act of My Fair Lady. O+O;

There are more cuts in terms of splitting scenes and songs than I'm usually accustomed to. [35 for the first act]

I'll muddle through Act 2 sometime over this weekend, what with a multitude of dinners and lunches on the schedule. Mother's Day is one giant excuse to ensure that all meals are at restaurants... O+O;

Anyhow, the information for this performance will be posted once I've got both acts in place complete with titles and such.

For now, the following will have to suffice:

CAST: Christopher Cazenove (Professor Henry Higgins), Lisa O'Hare (Eliza Doolittle), Tim Jerome (Alfred P. Doolittle), Walter Charles (Colonel Hugh Pickering), Marni Nixon (Mrs. Higgins), Barbara Marineau (Mrs. Pearce), Justin Bohon (Freddy Eynsford-Hill)

26 I Could Have Danced All Night
mp3 | 5.61MB (at 192 kbps)

A sample.
Well. I'd been debating whether I should trek downtown this weekend to take in a performance... but if it's going to play the Panasonic, then my answer is no. Not yet at least. :)

Rock On! After Hit Toronto Run, We Will Rock You Will Close — and Re-Open

By Kenneth Jones
08 May 2008

We Will Rock You will live again in Toronto, following a 61-week run that ends May 11 at the Canon Theatre. Producer David Mirvish announced May 7 that the show will resume July 16 at Toronto's Panasonic Theatre.

Tickets for the new run will go on sale May 12. The physical production will be somewhat modified to fit the intimate 700-seat Panasonic. The audience will be closer to the action, the creators said. The earlier cast will return to the resuming production.

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Theatre titans stage legal fight
David Mirvish buys Canon, Panasonic sites, spurring lawsuit from rival Aubrey Dan
May 08, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

It started out like Twelve Angry Men and ended up like We Will Rock You.

That's how the legal battle between Toronto theatre titans David Mirvish and Aubrey Dan played out yesterday. The men brought their fight for two Toronto theatres into the public eye when a morning news release from Aubrey Dan revealed he had commenced legal proceedings against Toronto's Mirvish Productions and New York-based Key Brand Entertainment.

At issue was the sale of the Panasonic and Canon theatres to Mirvish, which Dan claims is in violation of the management agreement his company, Dancap Productions, had signed with Key Brand.

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So the tour's coming to the city, and I've decided that I'll sacrifices a sheep or two and go see the show.

Seating Chart Sitting further up and further back (G340/341) on opening night.

I suppose I should actually listen to the cast recording now... ;)

The cast as it is currently posted:

Christopher Cazenove Professor Henry Higgins
Lisa O'Hare* Eliza Doolittle
Tim Jerome Alfred P. Doolittle
Walter Charles Colonel Hugh Pickering
Barbara Marineau Mrs. Pearce
Marni Nixon Mrs. Higgins
Justin Bohon Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Dana DeLisa Eliza Doolittle at certain performances/Ensemble

I only recognize Marni Nixon :)
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango...

Although I haven't seen this production, I'm more used to hearing the word fandango in Sondheim's The Miller's Son, or else, being used as a Spelling Bee word at the 25th Annual Puntam County Spelling Bee contest. :)

Toronto Hit We Will Rock You Will Close May 11; Canadian Tour Planned

By Kenneth Jones
12 Mar 2008

The Dora Award-winning musical We Will Rock You, in which 32 songs of Queen energize a futuristic story of a world where music is banned, will close at Toronto's Canon Theatre May 11. It will have played more than a year there.

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Or what I call... sex on a platform will scandalize Mirvish's subscription season... ;)

Mirvish nabs erotic musical

Feb 03, 2008 04:30 AM
Martin Knelman

David Mirvish has snared Spring Awakening, the most sensationally erotic musical on Broadway, for his 40,000 subscribers, the Star has learned.

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Again! I miss an opportunity to hear/see Sondheim. :(

Time is ripe for revival of flop 1964 musical

The subject and staging of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle is well suited to today
Jan 13, 2008 04:30 AM
Special to the Star

To succeed you must fail, but perhaps the greatest successes come when you succeed in failing. This may be the case with Anyone Can Whistle, playing tonight in concert at the Diesel Playhouse.

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Cheery news...

Wicked returning to Toronto

January 07, 2008
Richard Ouzounian

The most successful musical in the world is coming back to Toronto.

Producer David Stone told the Star that his smash hit Wicked will return to the Canon Theatre in June 2010, presented by Mirvish Productions.

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I think I've managed to keep my Sweeney's separate by remembering Michael Cerveris (and David Garry) as bald!Sweeney, David Hess as haired!Sweeney, and Alexander Gemignani as balding!Sweeney.

This afternoon's performance was different from my memories of the opening night (11.06) with small changes in staging and choreography that tightened the production some more. :) With the exception of Mr. Cougher (behind me), it was so easy to be drawn into this revival of Sweeney Todd. :) If it's even possibly, I've fallen even more in thrall with Ms Kaye's Lovett... :)


A snippet of Kiss Me (1-19) 2007.11.25


In a moment of absolute happiness (theatre-induced I promise), I've opted for a second performance of the Sweeney Todd National Tour at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This time, with J on Sunday (11/25).

If all things go according to scheduling, Alexander Gemignani will be stepping into the role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. :)

I'm so excited... more Sweeney, more Mrs Lovett. :)
Priority Ticket Offer for performances
November 6 - December 9,2007
PLUS! Save 25% on performances Nov 6 - 11

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