“SWEENEY TODD”- a razor-sharp version by Sheridan Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Admission: – my favorite revenge tales are Dumas’ “Monte Cristo”; Boorman’s ’67 flic “Point Blank”, & Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”. Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD with its repetitious lyrics and melodies seems uninspired by comparison. Last night, I witnessed a preview of young director Adam Brazier’s take and my opinion did a180.

 Lovett (Rexhepi) & her rolling pin …Todd (Haidar) & his razor!

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“Drowsy Chaperone”, C.C.M.P. adds a polish & sheen Reply

 The Martin/McKellar book, DROWSY CHAPERONE, musicalized by Lambert and Morrison for the Toronto Fringe is a Cinderella Story; i.e. from humble beginnings to the pinnacle. Mississauga’s CITY CENTRE MUSIC PRODUCTIONS adds another aspect to this decidedly popular bit of fluff…meticulous direction.

               In keeping with the children’s fables motif – CCMP & Michael MacLennan put on a ‘Goldilocks’ effort…it’s “not too anything…it’s Just Right!”

Director MacLennan overseeing his minions!

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“WEST SIDE STORY” @ Ottawa’s N.A.C. 2

Review by Sharon Letovsky

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of West Side Story at the National Arts Centre’s main stage – Southam Hall.   The theatre’s 2,323 seats were packed with an audience that was clearly thrilled with the performance.This particular rendering is produced by ‘Broadway Across Canada’ and ‘Broadway Across America’ …

Those JETS can sure dance!

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LEGALLY BLONDE, the Musical!@ Lower Ossington Theatre 2

Review by Danny Gaisin

Occasionally, whether for financial purpose or expediency; something pretty good is embellished or modified. LEGALLY BLONDE was a 2001 ridiculously-concepted vehicle for Reese Witherspoon. Naturally (for Hollywood) there had to be a sequel, but fortunately, no franchise. What we do have is a musical version with forgettable arias by O’Keefe & Benjamin.

the LEGALLY BLONDE cast & pets!

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Anne of Green Gables; flouncing, dancing, energetic Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Little Women”; “Nancy Drew”; “Anne of Green Gables”; back in my youth all these were something no self-respecting boy would dare to read. So, an invite to see Montgomery’s century-old story about a Nova Scotia orphan and her resettlement in P.E.I. promised to be a rectification of this glaring omission in my life experiences. Meadowvale Music Theatre and its director Renee Belforte are presenting the musical adaptation by Don Harron & Norman Campbell at Mississauga’s Montevideo venue. To this scribe, nothing can ever equal Harron’s creative ‘Rumpleforeskin’ entry at a Toronto Fringe, but Anne with an E is almost as much fun. More…