Valerie; Boris; and the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening the Brott Music Festival presented one of those extraordinary concerts that made one glad to be an audience member who witnessed such finesse. The N.A.O. played achieved a new level of excellence so far this season and soloist, Valerie Tryon was brilliant.The concert began with Elgar’s’ Enigma Variations. It is a set of fourteen variations and is among his best known works.

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

Tryon greeting fans, post concert

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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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Bloody Assizes; gutsy Brott! Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
Sunday was the 200th Anniversary of the Ancaster Bloody Assizes which was celebrated at Fieldcote Museum with plays, speeches and an orchestral concert by the National Academy Orchestra as part of the Brott Music Festival. I thought I had arrived on site early but a play was in progress so I quietly erected my camp-chair & watched the sad demise of those hanged [hung?] after being found guilty of treason at the Bloody Assize. They did have a trial and not all were found guilty.

Brott; his 'sidearm' & some NAO musicians doing the "1812".

Brott; his ‘sidearm'; & some NAO musicians doing the “1812”.

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A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur; & at SHAW Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
Tennessee Williams’ female characters are always well drawn out, strong and three-dimensional. This is certainly true of the four characters in this year’s lunch hour show at the Shaw Festival—A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.    Deborah Hay was fabulous in ‘Cabaret’, but she’s even better in Creve Coeur as the misguided, fragile Dorothea—a 1930’s teacher who gets romantically involved with a cavalier principal.            Photo by David Cooper – SHAW

Hay, Molnar, Hennig & Harwood in CREVE COEUR

Hay, Molnar, Hennig & Harwood in CREVE COEUR

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Romeo; Juliet; N.B.of C. dancers; & the NAO Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

♪ I like to be in America; O.K. by me in America; Everything free in America… for a small fee in America! ♪.

Sondheim’s unsubtle dichotomy about reality facing the ‘Sharks’; Puerto Ricans in 1960’s NYC; packs a punch that equals even the best Hammerstein lyrics. Attending a Brott Festival concert homage-ing musical adaptations of Romeo & Juliet had this scribbler salivating at another opportunity to sub-rosa singing along with Bernstein’s West Side Story. Lamentably, Boris & the NAO played the suite…not the overture. So; no “America”.

Wang and Pereria interpreting SLEEPING BEAUTY

Wang and Pereria interpreting SLEEPING BEAUTY

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