Award Show Season 2018 Part 3: The Tonys

Tonys Day is up there for one of my favourite days of the year; it’s just so full of joy and light and love. Unfortunately, this year, I was in Australia (and on vacation in Melbourne, not at home in Sydney) so I missed the actual live broadcast but when I got back to Sydney, I was able to watch most of the clips and awards online. Continue reading “Award Show Season 2018 Part 3: The Tonys”

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Theatre Etiquette 101

There are a certain set of social expectations surrounding going to the theatre. Having proper etiquette at the theatre can save you a lot of embarrassment and dirty looks from other theatre-goers. Today, I’m going to teach you how to not be that person who comes in fifteen minutes late (and was admitted at an appropriate break in the performance) with a bag of popcorn they bought at the concession stand then proceeds to crunch the popcorn in their neighbour’s (my) ear for the next 30 minutes. Yes, that actually happened to me when I saw Guys and Dolls in Stratford.

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Mamma Mia in Sydney Review

I love Mamma Mia! I think it’s just such a happy, feel good musical with absolutely fantastic music that just makes you want to dance. I’ve seen the movie with Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep multiple times but I was finally able to see it on stage here in Sydney and it was a really good time. Mamma Mia! is about a girl named Sophie (Sarah Morrison) who is getting ready to marry Sky (Stephen Mahy) and she wants her dad at the wedding. But she has no idea who her dad is. Continue reading “Mamma Mia in Sydney Review”

What the World Can Learn from Newsies

The world’s kind of a mess right now wouldn’t you agree? There are terrorist attacks in every corner of the globe on a regular basis, there’s a horrible man running the most powerful country in the world, countries are in the midst of civil wars, there’s a mass shooting every other month, Hollywood’s a mess, etc.

But in the midst of all the terrible things happening in the world, I continue to find comfort in going to the theatre.  The shows I’ve seen and listened to recently offer messages of hope and coming together and strength and resilience, which is exactly what the world needs right now. Continue reading “What the World Can Learn from Newsies”

Aladdin in Brisbane Review

If you want an absolute spectacle of a musical, Aladdin can only be defined as a spectacle. I know Aladdin got left out my my Disney on Broadway post last week but I saw Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (who did an absolutely fantastic job), while I was in Brisbane last week at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. I think Australia gets even less theatre than Toronto so I was delighted to be able to see the production on my Easter Break trip. Continue reading “Aladdin in Brisbane Review”

From Screen to Stage: Disney on Broadway

When was the last time you watched a Disney movie that didn’t have any singing in it? No, Pixar movies don’t count. Yeah, I had a hard time coming up with one too. I think Big Hero 6 was the last one I saw. But because of all the spontaneous singing and dancing that occurs in these movies, it’s relatively easy to transfer them to the stage. Over the years, Disney has had so many stage adaptations of their movies on Broadway and on stages around the world. Let’s take a look at some of Disney’s most popular stage productions. Continue reading “From Screen to Stage: Disney on Broadway”

The Power of Theatre

“When theatre gets in your blood, you’ll likely find that you don’t want to be doing anything else” – Angelo Parra, Playwriting for Dummies

Much like Spiderman, once you’ve been bitten by the theatre bug, there is no going back. Theatre becomes more than a one time experience. Theatre becomes an addiction or obsession. Theatre becomes part of you forever. This is not a bad thing. This is the power of theatre.

Everyone has that one show that reminds them why they fell in love with theatre in the first place. The first professional show I saw was Wicked on the West End. I loved Wicked before I saw it because it started with hearing Defying Gravity at one of my dance recitals when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I also may have told some girls my new middle school that I loved Wicked because they liked Wicked and I wanted to be friends with them, which then enticed me to download the cast album. Continue reading “The Power of Theatre”

What Glee Gave Me

*This post pretty much came to be after I watched NBC’s new series Rise and realized how similar (in content and quality) it is to Glee and I just got nostalgic because even though by the end it was a garbage show, Glee still holds a special place in my heart*

Pretty much anyone and everyone who watched Glee can pretty much agree that by the middle of season 4 the show was pretty much a wreck (and yet we all still watched it anyways). I would argue that season 3 should’ve been the last one but it did have a little bit of redemption once they moved the show to New York. Continue reading “What Glee Gave Me”