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Highlights from And 5, 6, 7, 8!

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Anyone who came out to the Drake Underground on a rainy Sunday night knows that there ain’t no party like a musical theatre party – where you’ll see anything from a classic Liza number, to techno remix of “Defying Gravity,” to a video of Cher as every single character from West Side Story. But for those who missed it, here’s a little sample of the highlights from April 19, and to get you excited already for next year. More

How to be your own Dancing Queen

Felicia Finley, Judy McLane and Lauren Cohn in Mamma Mia!

Last week, the Broadway Gods announced that Mamma Mia! will close on September 5 – after 14 years and 5,765 performances. While it’s always great to have some fresh blood on The Great White Way, we must pay tribute somehow to the musical giant – it’s a good thing we happen to have a musical theatre dance party planned for this weekend!  

To prepare for the most anticipated Sunday night of the Toronto musical theatre calendar – you must become your own Dancing Queen! And with these (virtually) instructional dance videos according to genre, from a Twenties fad to the iconic “angry dance,” you’ll be well on your way. More

Our picks for Hot Docs 2015

A screenshot of the movie Giovanni and the Water Ballet by Dutch director Astrid Bussink.

Contrary to popular belief, the Acting Up Stage team is not totally obsessed with musical theatre. Well, maybe we are. But we’re not ONLY obsessed with musicals. We’re also big documentary fans,  and lucky for us, the world’s biggest documentary film festival is starting next week! 

Hot Docs is taking place in Toronto from April 23 to May 3, and to get ready we’ve picked what we think are some of the most exciting movies coming to this year’s festival. And yes, some of them have to do with musical theatre. More

What you can expect from And 5, 6, 7, 8… !

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Coming up on April 19 is the next edition of the musical theatre event of the year (or so we say) – And 5, 6, 7, 8… a Musical Theatre Dance Party! This year, local musical experts from four Toronto institutions (Acting Up Stage, Theatre 20, Sheridan College, and Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts) are creating four amazing playlists to keep you mambo-ing, charleston-ing, and box square-ing all night long.

Get a taste of the tunes in store for anyone who attends our FREE dance party, Sunday April 19 from 8 to 11 p.m.  at The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). These are some of the songs featured at last year’s event that really got the party going.

RSVP now to the Facebook event!

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Why Tituss Burgess is the best thing since Pinot Noir

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Anyone with a Netflix account has heard of the new comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is amazing not only for showing us Don Draper with an unwieldy beard but for proving to the world what Broadway fans have known for over 10 years – that Tituss Burgess is a living dream.  More

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