The 2020 Tony Awards

Written on October 19th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

A Strange Year Indeed… A virtual Tony awards ceremony is being planned for early December. The following nominees are in the running, despite 2020’s very short season. Sadly, Broadway will not reopen until at least June 2021. Best Play Grand Horizons by Bess WohlThe Inheritance by Matthew LopezSea Wall/A Life by Simon Stephens and Nick PayneSlave Play by Jeremy O. […]

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Our Theatres in Red

Written on September 24th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Live Theatres across Canada were lit in red on September 22, 2020 as a reminder of what has been lost. No live theatre productions means that many people are unemployed: creative teams (writers, directors, choreographers, musical directors), cast members (actors, singers, dancers), musicians, crew members (designers and technicians in lighting and sound), costume designers and […]

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And We’re Back!?

Written on August 29th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

The last time I was in a theatre was March 9 for A Few Good Men at the Country Playhouse in St. Jacobs.  Today is August 27.  Last night was the first time I have entered a theatre since March 9 – that’s more than 5 months.  It’s probably the longest stretch I’ve gone without […]

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2020 Dora Award Nominees Announced

Written on June 9th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Even though the season was cut short by Covid-19, there is much to celebrate among the Dora Awards nominees. The awards ceremony will be presented via the Dora Awards YouTube Channel and TAPA social media accounts June 29 at 7:30 PM. Musical Theatre Division Outstanding Production Life in a BoxBad Hats Theatre Ghost QuartetCrow’s Theatre […]

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Stratford Festival’s 2020 Season

Written on January 27th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

TOM PATTERSON THEATRE Richard III | By William ShakespeareDirected by Antoni CimolinoMay 6 to October 23 | Opens May 30 Colm Feore will return to the Festival for the first time in five years to play the psychopathic title role in Richard III, directed by Antoni Cimolino. This play holds great historical significance for the Festival as the first play ever performed under […]

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Shaw Festival’s 2020 Season

Written on January 4th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

AT THE FESTIVAL THEATRE GYPSYMusic by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen SondheimKate Hennig stars as one of the most complex characters in musical theatre, Momma Rose. Directed by Kimberley RampersadPreviews April 8 | Closes October 11 Thrust into the spotlight by the ultimate stage mom are Madelyn Kriese as June and Julie Lumsden as Louise. […]

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The BEST of 2019!

Written on December 8th, 2019 | Posted in Mary's Musings

It is always interesting to look back on the year and pick some favourites.  Outstanding musical – Billy Elliot The Musical, Festival Theatre, Stratford.  This musical has it all:  a gripping story, cute and funny comic relief, a good score, amazing dance, and the Stratford cast put it together perfectly. Nolen Dubuc was amazing in […]

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Drayton Entertainment’s 2020 Season

Written on November 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Drayton Entertainment will present a stellar 2020 Season packed with an array of classic and contemporary Broadway hits, charming comedies, iconic dramas, entertaining pantos, Canadian fare, and a number of shows that pay homage to iconic artists and eras of music. Artistic Director Alex Mustakas has crafted a diverse playbill with a wide variety of […]

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Starring in Elf this Christmas

Written on October 7th, 2019 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Here’s the latest news from Drayton Entertainment: Two of our favourites will be on stage this Christmas!  You’ll know Tim Porter from his antics in all the Drayton kiddy pantos, and of course you’ll remember Neil Aitchison, everyone’s favourite Mountie.   The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Fall […]

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Donny Most to perform in the hit play “Art”

Written on September 9th, 2019 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Ralph Malph from TV’s Happy Days at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse  The latest news from Drayton Entertainment –  After successfully presenting George Wendt in Death of a Salesman and Cindy Williams in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Drayton Entertainment has once again accomplished a major casting coup. Popular television actor Donny Most, best known for his role as jokester Ralph Malph on […]

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