Modern • MusicalTheatre

Has the Internet killed my love of musicals?

Mitchell's CD collection

Over the thanksgiving weekend, I took a road trip to Montreal with my parents in their mini-van. One of the things that I love about this minivan (are there things to love about minivans?) is the subscription to Sirius XM Radio. Why? Because it means that I can enjoy a 6 hour drive to Montreal, listening to Seth Rudetsky’s “Big Fat Broadway”.

Announcing the 2014 Banks Prize Winners

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Every year, Acting Up Stage Company chooses two outstanding musical theatre performers under 30 years of age to receive the Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Artists. With this award comes a $1,000 prize, starring appearances in a cabaret of their creation, and exclusive mentorships with professional artists and experts throughout our 2014/2015 season. They will also appear in this year’s UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John concert taking place this November 12-13 at Koerner Hall. (Hurry, tickets are going fast!)

Now please congratulate this year’s winners – Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming!

Now, let’s get to know them a bit better shall we? More

Triple Threat with Chilina Kennedy


It’s now October and we’re getting closer and closer to this year’s UnCovered concert, featuring the classic tunes of Billy Joel and Elton John re-imagined in a musical theatre style. So as November 12 and 13 inch closer, we’re “uncovering” the MT favourites of the concert’s big stars. We’ve already talked to Jake Epstein (recently returned from Broadway), and next up it’s Chilina Kennedy – a Stratford Festival favourite and new mom! More

Triple Threat with Jake Epstein

Jake Epstein in Beautiful The Musical

Rehearsals begin this week for this year’s UnCovered featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Fresh from his Broadway turns in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Spiderman: Turn off The Dark, Jake Epstein is making his first stage appearance back in Canada with his return to UnCovered. More

Mitchell’s Musings – God I Hope I Get It!

A Chorus Line

Sitting on an audition panel is always a humbling, inspiring and exhausting experience. This past week, I had the great privilege of seeing 60 artists for 9 (remaining) roles in The Wild Party – our winter production in association with Obsidian Theatre Company. More

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