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Volume 5 Issue 1 - September 1999

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Curtain up on Music

Curtain up on Music Theatre, continued from page 30 MUSIC THEATRE LISTINGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Company, several other local operas have sprouted up alongside the national company. There's Opera York, which started out staging outdoor opera concerts in parks. Following the building of the Vaughan City Playhouse, it opened its first true season in October 1997 with a comparatively obscure double bill of Puccini's D Tabarro and Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio. Opera Mississauga is now moving into its sixth season as a professional company and its third in the new Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre. Meanwhile, over the last ten years or so, our local Baroque opera company, Opera Atelier, has gone from the university campus to venues like the Elgin, as its reputation and audience have grown. Cabaret, Broadway and West End musicals, opera: we're still only scratching the surface of the genre. In fact, it's difficult to draw clear boundaries. Classical and new music theatre companies, as well as mainstream theatres, frequently present fascinating and challenging original musical productions. Standouts over the last decade or two have ranged from ambitious projects like R. Murray Schaeffer's Ra (Ontario Science Centre) and The Alchemical Marriage of Hermes Trismagistos (Union Station) to more modest shows like Theresa Tova's Still the Night, VideoCabaret's reworking of Rigoletto and Alan Cole's Hush, all three of which premiered at ·Theatre Passe Muraille. For that matter, Young People's Theatre has been quietly turning out original musicals for years; most recently last year's hit The Nutmeg Princess by Richardo Keens-Douglas. Meanwhile, alongside the big, plush presentations and the daring, original work, there's yet another stratum of music theatre: the dependable (and, very often, absolutely great) amateur or community music theatre companies that perform in community halls and high school auditoriums. And we haven't even begun to touch on traditions outside the British and North American professional stages. What about Chinese opera, South Asian dance-theatre and Caribbean carnival? As you can see, I'm in danger of writing the entire first column without even commenting on the shows that are coming up in the new theatre season! Clearly, that won't do. Hallowe'en will see a landmark of sorts as the long-running Phantom of the Opera closes its run with Paul Stanley of the glitter-rock group Kiss in the title role. Phantom was the show that opened the beautiful Pantages T.heatre, and it was a cornerstone for the LivEnt theatre empire, now passing along the same road as Eaton's. With its closing, will we see the end of the I 5-year mega-musical boom? Over at the Princess of Wales, it's big business as usual, with a Sam Mendes double bill. If the name doesn't ring a bell, he's a director that has had a huge international success with fresh revivals of classic musicals. His Cabaret runs to mid-October, followed by his Oliver! I'm a little sceptical about two shows that hope to cash in on the current swing vogue: Forever Swing (think: Forever Plaid, Forever Tango) and the evenmore-farfetched sounding Swingstep (think: Swing Meets Riverdance). I'm more intrigued by Come Away: 1Jte Story of Ruth, due for a short run at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in late September (if for no other reason than that the arts editor of eye Weekly is apparently in the cast). A more predictable evening would be the COC's seasonopening Traviata or L' Eiisir d' Amore, or Meadowvale Music Theatre's Once Upon A Musical, which promises songs from The Boyfriend, The Pyjama Game and other great shows. How can you go wrong? 8: 8:00; Oct. 5: 7:00; Sept. 26 matinee: 2:00. Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front St. East. 872- 2262. to 0. Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. Swingstep. Musical involving swing, Scottish Stepping & fiddling. Previews October 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9; regular run October 1 2 to November 28. Evenings: 8:00; Wednesday matinees: 1 :00; Saturday & Sunday matinees: 2:00. Apotex Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. 870-8000. to (previews); to (regular). Meadowvale Music Theatre/ High Society Big Band. Once Upon a Musical Songs from Marne, The Boyfriend, Pyjama Game, Gigi, My Fair Lady & others. September 18: 8:00; September 1 9: 2:00. 6315 Montevideo Rd. 905-821 -0090. ,(sr,(st); group rates. Mirvish Productions. Cabaret. Musical by Kender & Ebb; codirected by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall. September 8 to October 1 6. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. 872-1212. to . Mirvish Productions. Fame, the Musical. To September 3. Monday to Saturday: 8:00; August 1 5 and all Wednesdays> & Saturdays: 2:00. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. 872-1212. to .50. Music at Humbercrest. Butterfly -A Night at the Opera. Puccini: excerpts from Madame Butterfly & Gianni Schicchi; operatic arias & duets. Narelle Martinez, · soprano; Lenard Whiting, tenor; · Ilona Beres, piano. September 18: 7:30. 16 Baby Point Road. 536-6033. ,. Newmarket Theatre. Play It Again Sam: A Musical Journey Through Time. Marie Gogo, Sentimental Journeymen, York Region Children's Chorus, Amy Stephen & Scarborough Showstoppers. September 25: 2:00 & 7:00. 905-953-5122. 505 Pickering Cres. . P.M. Productions/CubeCity. Come Away: The Story of Ruth. Written & directed by R.M.M. Munoz; Kevin Connelly, Kathryn Morgan, Allison Lynn & other performers. September 24 & 25: 8:00; September 26: 2 :00 & 8:00. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 410-5455. to . Reprise Concerts. Guys & Dolls. By Frank Loesser. September 30 & October 1: 8:00; October 2 : 2:00 & 8:00. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front Street East. 366-7723. -. Sanderson Centre. Leave the Porch Light On. Musical story of the Famous People Players. October 7: 2:00 & 8:00. 88 Dalhousie St. Brentford. 1-800- 265-0710. Evening .50 to ; matinee .50 to . Shaw Festival. A Foggy Day. Musical by George & Ira Gershwin. Music arranged & orchestrated by Christopher Donison; Kelly Robinson, director; Nora Mclellan, Richard Farrell & Todd Waite, performers. To October 31 . Royal George Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1 - 800- 511 -7429. to . Winter Garden Theatre. Forever Swing. By Dean Regan. Big band musical review. October 1 to November 14. 189 Yonge St. 872-5555. to . York University Faculty of Fine Arts. Pushkin's Mozart and Salieri. Chamber opera by Rimsky-Korsakov.. restor-ed original version. Translated & produced by Sterling Beckwith; Myra Malley, director; Mila Filatova, music director; starring Michael Herren. October 5: 5:30; October 6: 12:30. Recital Hall, 050 Mclaughlin College, 4700 Keele St. 736-5186. Free (donations accepted). Next issue of wholenote covers October 1 - November 7. deadline for listings is September 15. Fax to 416 463-2165 .or e­ mail to drumkm@web.net

September 1 1999 to October 7 1999 As always, we make every effort to ensure accuracy. But ... . things happen (strikes, plagues ... ), plans change. So, please use the numbers provided to phone ahead. Also please note: only the first performance of Music Theatre Listings is included in these Daily Listings. For a complete run, runs already in progress and detailed schedules, please see our Music Theatre listings, on page 31 . I . I --- 8:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Dave Douglas & Charms of the Night Sky. Canadian premiere in homage to music of Dave Tarras. Dave Douglas, trumpet; Greg Cohen, bass; Mark . Feldman, violin; Guy Kluscevek, accordion. B·rigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973- 4000. . --- 1 O:OOpm: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Ashkenaz Orchestra Project. Music by Buchbinder, Neufeld, Toller, London, Harris & Darriau. Klezmer, new music, jazz, Middle Eastern & Roma music. Group of 20 musicians; Robert W. Stevenson, conductor. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. 5. Thursday September 02 --- 7:00: Canadi8fl National Exhibition. The Ink Spots; Mart Kenney's Big Band. CNE Bandshell. 393-6090. Free with CNE admission: ,. --- 8:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Ashkenaz Orchestra Project. Brigantine Room. See September 1. --- 1 O:OOpm: Ashkanaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Dave Douglas & Charms of the Night Sky. Brigantine Room. See September 1 . --- 11 :30pm: Ashkanaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Late Night Cabaret. Spontaneous musical explorations, poetry, comedy, jamming & dancing to deep Yiddish grooves. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973-3000. Free. Friday September 0 --- 7:00: Mel Lastm8fl Square. Hispanic Fiesta '99. Andean, flamenco, Latin American & Mariachis music. 51 00 Yonge St. 240-9338. Free. --- 7:30: Toronto Philharmonia. Music by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Jr., Beethoven, Ellington & more. Kerry Stratton, conductor. Nathan Phillips Square, 1 00 Queen St. West. 733-0545. Free. Saturday September 04 --- 3:00: Mel Lastman Square. Hispanic Fiesta '99. See September 3. --- 8:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. San Francisco Klezmer Experience. Bay Area-Roots-Kiezmer, Yiddish folk & art song; improvisational jazz. Jeanette Lewicki, vocals; Daniel Hoffman, leader. Molson Place, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 9:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Yuri Yunakov Ensemble. Yuri Yunakov, saxophone/leader. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973-3000. Free. --- 9:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Brave Old World. Michael Alpert, vocals/ violin; Alan Bern, accordion/ piano; Kurt Bjorling, clarinet; Stuart Brotman, bass/percussion/cimbalom.Molson Place, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 11 :OOpm: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Late Night Cabaret. Brigantine Room. See September 2. unday September 05 --- 2:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Aufwind. Traditional Eastern European music. Molson Place, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 3:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Anne Kalmering Trio. Yiddish songs, theatre songs & Sefardic romances. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973- 3000. Free. --- 3:00: Mel Lastman Square. Hispanic Fiesta '99. See September 3. --- 4:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Khevrisa. Old klezmer kapelye music. Molson Place, Harbourfront . 973-3000. Free. --- 5:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Oy Vey Klezmer for Kids. Children's music show. Ann Tindal Stage, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 7:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Hasidic New Wave. Frank London, trumpet; Greg Wall, saxophone; Klezmatics. Brigantine Room, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 7:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Brave Old World: Song of the Lodz Ghetto: 1940-1993. Canadian premiere. Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. ,. --- 8:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. New Yiddish Chorale. Molson Place, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 8:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness/ Krakauer: A Klezmer Tribute to Sidney Bechet. Molson Place, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 9:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Emil Zrihan. Jewish-Moroccan devotional singer in th"e Sephardic tradition; 9-piece band. Brigantine Room, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 9:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Flying Bulgar Band. See August 31 . Molson Place, Harbourfront. Free. --- 2:00: Aahkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Ashkenaz Fidl Kapelye. Old-time klezmer string band; Alicia Svigals, director. Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. . --- 2:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Hasidic NewWave. See September 5. Molson Place, Harbourfront. Free. --- 2:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Klezmer en Buenos Aires. Klezmer with tango & jazz. Brigantine Room, · Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free. --- 3:00: Mel Lastman Square. Hispanic Fiesta '99. See September 3. --- 4:00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddieh Culture. In Love and Struggle: The Musical Lsgacy of the Jewish Labour Bund. Adrienne Cooper & Dan Rous, soloists; New Yiddish Chorale/Toronto Jewish Folk Choir; Zalmen Mlotek, director. Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. . --- 4:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Marty Ehrlich & the Dark Woods Ensemble. Marc Ribot, special guest. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. 973-4000. . --- 4:30: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Emil Zrihan. See September 5. Molson Place, Harbourfront. Free. --- 6:00: Ashkenaz: A festival of New Yiddish Culture. The Ashkenaz Finale. Molson Place, Harbourfront. Free. Tuesday September 07 II No listings all_ Wednesday September 08 Monday September 06 .,oo, M; ................ --- 12:00 noon: Ashkenaz: A Cabaret. Musical by Kender & Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Ebb; co-directed by Sam Oy Vey Klezmer for Kids. Ann Mendes & Rob Marshall. Tindal Stage. See September 5. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 --- 12:15: Church of the Holy King St. West. 872-1212. Trinity. Music Monday Lunchtime Concert. James Tinsley, Music Theatre listings. to . For complete run see trumpet; Paul Jenkins, keyboards. 10 Trinity Square. 598- 4521, press 3. Free. --- 1 :00: Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture. Medina. --- 12:00 noon: St. Paul's Bloor Arab-Yiddish fusion quartet. Street. Noon Hour Organ David Buchbinder, Levon Recital. Eric Robertson, organ. lchkanian, Rick Shadrach Lazar 227 Bloor St. East. 961-811 6. & Ernie Toller, performers. Free. Brigantine Room, Harbourfront. 973-3000. Free.

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