“♫42nd Street♫” – perfect!!! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                The bane of a critic is facing a situation where he or she is going to be classified as a publicist or worse, hack. It’s our job to be constructively diagnostic. But, what does one do when facing something so precious as to be totally without flaw or fault. Advice given this scribe – confess; and then roll out the superlatives!    Photo courtesy of  David Hou

Kyle Blair; Rider-Shaw & the chorus of “Pretty Lady”

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“Wanderlust” a figment-ed Robert Service story Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
    “I wanted the gold and I sought it; I scrambled and mucked like a slave…” The fascinating and peripatetic poet Robert Service wrote these words and many more about the Northwest and the famous Klondike Rush of 1897-99. Two of his most famous poems were requisite in my High School English Lit., curriculum, but it was a family connection that made me absorb anything & everything written about the Yukon.   Photo by David Hou

Service (Tom Rooney) & his Banking cohorts

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‘Good Grief’, Charlie’s back sans Patty & Pigpen Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               I am and always was; a fan of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’. Couldn’t help myself, I was the epitome of the lead character. Couldn’t roller-skate, kite flying was a disaster and being short & a southpaw, my gloveless baseball skills were always the last ‘chosen up’. My ‘Red haired girl’ was named Nancy, and my “Cheba” always seemed as bemused by me as old Charlie was by ‘Snoopy’.      Photo by CyllaVon Tiedemann

the ‘Peanuts’ gang

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♫RAGTIME ♪; Shaw’s Maxwell offers a new take Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Sixteen years ago, Garth Drabinsky staged way up in North York, a big-dollar presentation of the McNally/Flaherty/Ahrens musical about the last century’s first decade. Rumour has it that such an expensive undertaking was what financially killed Livent. The play looks at the turn-of-the-last century era from three different entities: – white, black and immigrant.   Photo courtesy of Emily Cooper

The 3 entities of RAGTIME

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“Why do fools fall in love?” find out @ Stage West Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Remember the ‘Fish’ dance? Playing ‘TWISTER®’? Stereo consoles? Go-go boots?  Doo-Wop? It was the late 50’s 60’s and Lymon & Levy had a hit with ‘Why Do fools fall in love?’ The song and its lyrics are the format for Roger Bean’s latest musical iteration. Unfortunately, if you can recall the above, you might also recollect the “Marvelous Wonderettes” that was the musical showpiece at STAGE WEST a year ago and therein lies the rub!    Photo courtesy of Rob Beintema

Etienne,Pitsiladis,Lawlor & Nason strutting their stuff

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TITANIC, The Musical 3

Review by Sharon Letovsky

Not a musical version of the popular Oscar-winning film; this show is based on real people and events. It launched on Broadway in April 1997, played 830 performances and won four Tony awards.  It has been translated and performed successfully around the world.  That being said, it is not an easy undertaking for any production company, because the show itself has the potential to be a crashing bore! 

 

Almost all of the songs are ballads. There is only one dance number and there is no strong side-story-line to give the tragic disaster more life.  That is why writers of the film added the fictional Jack & Rose.

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