“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 1

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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STAGE DOOR, a UTM blockbuster success Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The adjectival phrases for evolutionary advancement have morphed from ‘expanding horizons’; to ‘paradigm shift’ to ‘outside the box’; and ‘pushing the envelope’. All are appropriate for the major thespian project by UTM’s THEATRE ERINDALE. To mount the original version rather than the extremely familiar movie version is a challenge.

the Footlights Club residents

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‘RENT’ by Ottawa’s Orpheus Theatre Reply

Review by Sharon Letovsky

To Nicole Milne, artistic director for this show, congratulations, what an outstanding production! Was this really community theatre? Nah, couldn’t be! The acting was fantastic, the singing exceptional and the staging divine. Rent is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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KWS & music of John Williams Reply

Review by Amy McBride

A movie is never made without music, and who better to create a one of a kind theatrical score than John Williams? The concert was an amazing journey through some of Hollywood’s most celebrated film music; including the memorable two note da-da, da-da from’ Jaws’ and the thrilling motifs from ‘Star Wars’. The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and conductor Michael Krajewski delivered once again. Krajewski added his own wit and humor to the evening by including interesting introductions to the pieces. Opening with music from Star Wars got the audiences attention as the entire orchestra got a chance to participate. More…