‘YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN’; it’s really Alive Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Considering the gamut & levels of theatre that critics have the opportunity to witness, most of us 5th Estate types categorize or pigeon-hole the various genera; naturally, leeway is afforded to amateur and community ensembles. Clarkson Music Theatre’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN requires no such latitude…it’s as professional as any mainstream company; Shaw, CanStage & Stratford included! This musical (& very much alive) version of Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie hit is even more fun than its film original.

Dr. Freddie Frankenstein & his entourage

Dr. Freddie Frankenstein & his entourage

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“Colours in the Storm”; an incomplete canvas 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

During the 1st World War, a guy named Tom Thomson invented GPS and named it after his own nomenclature – “TOM TOM”! FALSE, Untrue, Bogus…he was a painter that was associated with, but not part of Canada’s “Group of Seven” (actually 11!). The circumstances of his death in Algonquin is still a mystery and Jim Betts’ musical offers up two resolutions for the audience’s selection. Neither is prioritized but rather strictly submitted. The Oakville Players and its talented director Mary Rose make the event seem contemporary.

The inhabitants & guests of Mowat Lodge up in Algonquin

The inhabitants & guests of Mowat Lodge up in Algonquin

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“Kiss Me Kate”; ‘just misses the-lips’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny

In 1948, composer Cole Porter re-established himself as Broadway’s biggie with the staging of Kiss Me Kate. His previous success had been “Anything Goes” fifteen year earlier. Unlike the Gershwin’s; Rogers & Hart; Adler & Ross; the Lerner/Lowe duo; Kander & Ebb and especially the Rogers &Hammerstein II collaboration; Porter also wrote his own lyrics … some were doozies. His ironic Kate’ number about ‘brushing up on one’s Shakespeare’ still gleans giggles. Rhyming “flatter her” with ‘Cleopaterer’ or “clothes mussing” with ‘much ado about nussing’ may not quite scan – but who cares!

The 'Paduans' performing "TAMING" in "Baltimo"

The ‘Paduans’ performing “TAMING” in “Baltimo”

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MAN OF La MANCHA, IMPOSSIBLY POWERFUL Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
                    The Wasserman/Leigh/Darion collaboration takes the story of Cervantes and the end 15th century Inquisition and puts all the drama into music. The theme song and such arias as “Little bird, little Bird”;” Dulcinea” and the touching “A little gossip” all have become standards even out of context. An appreciative director; a professional orchestra and a talented cast and the result can’t be anything BUT another Stratford hit.
Photo courtesy of  Michael Cooper

Ross; Hutton & Rooney - incarcerated

Ross; Hutton & Rooney – incarcerated

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CRAZY FOR YOU, a super “Dancical” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                    The bane of a writer is when one can‘t find the perfect word, noun or adjective, to describe something. Occasionally we create our own, hence, the banner-line! Stratford’s (& the directorial team of Donna Feore and Shelley Hanson) version of The Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU is about as perfect an example of entertainment that this writer has ever enjoyed. Portent: – an O.A.R. TOP TEN certainty! From the opening pre-Nevada scene, Josh Franklin sings, dances and acts as though ‘Bobby Child’ is the man’s ‘inner child’.     Photo courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann

"CRAZY FOR YOU", cast members

“CRAZY FOR YOU”, cast members

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“From Broadway…with ‘LIKE’ ” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Hamilton lost a major supporter of everything artistic with the passing of Pauline Zamprogna. It was only fitting that the Brott Festival presented a tribute concert dedicated to her memory and to the music that she so enjoyed. Her son, acting as an M.C. recalled the shows in which she either performed or relished. In other words those she really liked. This writer also happens to be a fan of the Broadway genre.

The soloists; Zambrogna 'mishpocha' and chorus taking their bows

The soloists; Zambrogna ‘mishpocha’ and chorus taking their bows

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