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Falsettos

2012/2013 Season

Falsettos

About the Show

Produced in association with Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company
April 23-May 12, 2013 | Daniels Spectrum, Slaight Hall

Set against the backdrop of the sexual-revolution and the emergence of AIDS, Falsettos tells the story of Marvin, a married father who—in 1979—leaves his wife and son for another man. A Tony and Drama Desk award-winning musical, Falsettos breathtakingly depicts the birth of a non-traditional family amidst a time of astonishing change.


Company

  • music and lyrics by William Finn
    book by William Finn & James Lapine
  • directed by Robert McQueen
    music direction by Reza Jacobs choreographed by Tim French
  • assistant musical director Tara Litvack
  • starring 
    Darrin Baker, Sarah Gibbons, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Michael Levinson,
    Eric Morin, Stephen Patterson, & Glynis Ranney
  • set design Patrick Du Wors lighting design Kimberly Purtell
    costume design Alex Amini sound  design Adam Harendorf
  • production manager Sandra Henderson
  • stage manager Melanie Klodt
  • apprentice stage manager Rachel Dawn Woods
Alex Amini

Alex Amini, Costume Designer

With 40 years of experience in fashion and costume design for film, television and theatre, Alex revels in the opportunity to bring characters to life through costume. She is involved in every aspect of the process, from conception to construction, top to bottom, wig styling to shoes. Select theatre credits include: A Light in the Piazza, and Caroline, or Change; Acting Upstage, To Life; Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Altar Boyz; Angelwalk Productions, The Glass Menagerie, and The Fantasticks; Red Barn Theatre, Man of LaManchaElizabeth RexA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and She Loves Me; Brampton ACT Productions, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and Hairspray, Port Hope Capitol Theatre. As always, thanks to Carmen for saving my life.

Darrin Baker, Mendel

BROADWAY: Tarzan; Laughing Room Only! (opposite Jackie Mason); Wonderful Town (with Brooke Shields); The Scarlet Pimpernel; Footloose; Sunset Blvd (with Glenn Close). OFF-BROADWAY: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Little By Little. SELECT REGIONAL THEATRE: Tigers Be Still (Cincinnati Playhouse); Ghost Stories (original Toronto cast); Cagney (world premiere); Working! (Asolo Rep); A New Brain (Portland Center Stage); White Christmas, (Pantages Los Angeles); Dirty Blonde (Cincinnati Playhouse); Les Miserables (original Toronto cast). TELEVISION & FILM: several episodes of Law & Order and SVU; The Firm; Flashpoint; Murdoch Mysteries; Warehouse 13; Queer as Folk, King; Crime and Punishment, My Secret Identity, The Good Guy and What Happens Next. With love and thanks to my amazing family!

Patrick du Wors

Patrick Du Wors, Set Designer

Patrick is a Toronto based performance designer. He is delighted to be collaborating with Acting Up Stage Company for the first time as set designer for Falsettos. Design credits include: Metamorphoses – Globe Theatre, Regina; The Bird – Union Eight/Buddies in Bad Times; Last Five Years – The Grand, London; Hush – Tarragon, Toronto; Where’s My Money – Alley Co-op; Melancholy Play – Project Undertow/SummerWorks; Little Shop of Horrors, Fire, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman & As You Like It – Blue Bridge Rep, Victoria; Bird Brain – YPT; Betrayal – Theatre & Co., Kitchener; Chasing the Moment – Arcola Theatre, London UK; Turn of the ScrewA Number – Belfry, Victoria. Assistant design credits include: RSC Complete Works Festival Season; Dirty Dancing & Cabaret, London West-End; Netherlands Opera; Norwegian National Opera & Royal Opera Covent Garden. Training: BFA (Victoria), MFA (Alberta), Royal Shakespeare Company. A portfolio of select works can be seen online at www.patrickduwors.com. Patrick is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Tim French

Tim French, Choreographer

Tim was choreographer for the Acting Up Stage production of Caroline, or Change. Director and/or Choreographer credits include: To Life (Harold Green Jewish Theatre) co-created with Avery Saltzman; The Fantasticks (Soulpepper); [title of show] and Altar Boyz (Angelwalk Theatre). Other credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Shaw Festival); Evita/Guys and Dolls/Camelot (MTC/Theatre Calgary/Citadel); Hair/Dreamgirls (The Grand/Theatre Aquarius); Sound of Music/Carousel (Drayton Festival); multiple productions for Stage West which include 5 original Rock & Roll Revues that he co-created. As a Director and Dramaturge he has been actively involved in the development of the new musical Queen For a Day which has its showcase production Sept/Oct 2012 in Richmond Hill. He has worked as Resident Director for the Toronto Mirvish productions of The Producers and Dirty Dancing. Tim’s work has been regularly nominated in multiple categories for Dora, Betty Mitchell, and Sterling awards.

Sarah Gibbons, Cordelia

Originally from St. John’s Newfoundland, Sarah is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Acting Up Stage. After graduating from The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, she obtained her Masters Degree in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Favorite Credits include “Dot/Marie” in Sunday in the Park with George (Edinburgh Fringe) “Polly Baker” in Crazy for You (St Andrews College), “Kitty Bennet” in Pride and Prejudice (The Annex Theatre) “Sally Brown” in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (The Arts & Culture Center). Sarah would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.

Adam Harendorf, Sound Design

Adam Harendorf is a sound designer and record producer based in Toronto. Select design credits include: The Cherry Orchard (Soulpepper); Sweeney Todd, Elf –  The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Jungle Book (Neptune); Lost In Yonkers, Visiting Mr. Green (HGJT); For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Crazy To Kill (Toronto Masque Theatre); How To Succeed: A Tribute To Des McAnuff (RTS); Third Floor (SummerWorks); Fool For Love (Red One Theatre); Short Story Long (Best of Fringe); The Shepard Plays (Candles are for Burning). Assistant design credits include: The Aleph (Soulpepper); A Year With Frog And Toad, Seussical (YPT). As a record producer, Adam’s work has been featured on CBC Radio, 102.1 The Edge, Bravo Television and the TV show Nikita. Notable clients include Juno award winners Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko, Grand Prix Du Jazz award winner Nick “Brownman” Ali, and The ElastoCitizens.

Sandra Henderson, Production Manager

Sandra Henderson is a Toronto based theatre practitioner who works in a variety of mediums. Her credits include Production & Touring Manager for 4.48 Psychosis, This Is What Happens Next and Divisadero (Necessary Angel Theatre Company); Production Manager for The Happy WomanThe Penelopiad and The New Groundswell Festival (Nightwood Theatre); Production, Tour, and Stage Manager for Tono and Raven Stole the Sun (Red Sky Performance); Site Manager for The Encampment (Thomas + Guinevere at Fork York); and Lighting Designer for Civility (Necessary Angel), Between the Sheets + The Aftermath (Nightwood), and Songs for a New World (Angelwalk Theatre). Every so often, sandra can be found wrangling puppets for Clay and Paper Theatre and making shadows with Shadow of a Doubt Collective. 

Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Dr. Charlotte

Sara-Jeanne is an actor, director and choreographer returning to Toronto after living on the west coast for the past 10 years. She could not be happier to be a part of Falsettos with Acting Up Stage. Favourite credits as an actor include; Patsy in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Nationally); Betty in White Christmas, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Sarah in Company, (Arts Club Theatre); Velma Kelly (Sterling nomination) in Chicago; Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Mayfield Theatre); Rona in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Jessie Award); Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Citadel); Ernestina in Hello Dolly (The Playhouse); Audrey in Little Shop (Bluebridge Rep Theatre); Vaudeville and Damn Yankees (Drayton); Nellie in South Pacific (CTF) For more info please visit www.sjhosie.com.

Reza Jacobs, Music Director

Reza Jacobs is an award winning composer, lyricist, sound designer and music director, known for his versatility in style and genre. His credits include sound design and composition for the Shaw Festival, Factory Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Acting Up Stage Theatre, the Luminato Festival, & Harbourfront’s World Stage Festival. As Music Director, he has won Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Caroline, or Change (Acting Up Stage, Best Music Direction & Best Musical 2012) and Assassins (TIFT, Birdland Theatre, Award for Best Musical, 2010). He is also the resident Canadian Music Director for Andrea Martin’s one-woman show, Everything Must Go. Currently Reza is teaming up with Andrew Kushnir to write a new musical, commissioned by the Belfry Theatre and Acting Up Stage. 

Melanie Klodt, Stage Manager

This is Melanie’s first production with Acting Up Stage. Her stage management credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Pirates of Penzance (2012), Shakespeare’s UniverseTriumph of LoveGigi (Stratford Festival); Golden  Dragon (Tarragon Theatre); Billy ElliotThe Lord of the Rings, Mamma Mia!, e-dentity (Mirvish Productions); Jersey Boys (Dancap Productions); Peter Pan the Musical, Beauty & the Beast (Ross Petty Productions);  Fool For Love, The Long Valley, The Play’s the Thing (Soulpepper); a nanking winter (Nightwood Theatre). Melanie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Arts Applied Studies Program and Cultural Management Specialization.

Michael Levinson, Jason

Michael Levinson is thrilled to be back with Acting Up Stage to perform the role of ‘Jason’ in Falsettos. In 2012 he was a proud cast member of Acting Up Stage’s award winning production of Caroline, or Change. His portrayal of ‘Noah’ earned him a Dora award nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Male”. In 2012 Michael joined the cast of The LA Complex as a series regular playing the role of ‘Simon’. Other selected theatre credits: Theatre Aquarius: The Full Monty (Nathan), The Rose Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Most recently, Michael shot the lead role of ‘Iggy’ in the feature film, Algonquin (Jonathan Hayes) set to be released later this year. Michael  thanks Mitchell, Rob and Reza for this incredible opportunity!  Much love to his family for all their support! 

Tara Litvack, Assistant Musical Director

Tara Litvack is a Toronto-based musical director, accompanist, arranger, and vocal coach. She is an honours graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Tara is on faculty at Bravo Academy and is the resident accompanist for Tracy Michailidis’ Songbook Masterclass Series. Selected Credits include: Set Those Sails: A Night of William Finn (Self-Produced), One Song Glory (Acting Up Stage Co.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Hart House Theatre), tick, tick…BOOM! (Half-Pint Theatre), Into the Woods (Bravo Academy), Spring AwakeningRENT (Toronto Youth Theatre), Into the Woods (Stageworks Toronto), Hair (VCDS),Life Is SweetThere’s Something About Ashley (Ashleyx2 Productions), The Laramie Project (Composer – Theatre Aurora).

Robert McQueen

Robert McQueen, Director

For Acting Up Stage Company Robert has directed Caroline, or Change and The Light in the Piazza.  His other recent work includes productions of Capriccio for Pacific Opera Victoria,  The Magic Flute for Vancouver Opera and La Boheme for the Canadian Opera Company. Internationally Robert directed Carousel at the Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo and the world premiere of Where Elephants Weep in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Favourite past productions include The Spitfire Grill,  The Cradle Will Rock,  I Am My Own Wife and You Can’t Take it With You. Robert has worked in the development of new musicals and operas in Canada, the US and internationally for companies including The O’Neill Centre, Vancouver Opera, The Canadian Opera Company and Cambodian Living Arts, in Phnom Penh. Most recently Robert directed a workshop of Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose’s new opera When the Sun Comes Out,  which will have it’s premiere production next summer as part of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver.

Eric Morin, Whizzer

Eric is honored to be making his Acting Up Stage debut with such an incredible cast and crew. He was a participant of the 2011 and 2012 Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Training Program which led to such roles as Fred in A Christmas Carol, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. Other selected credits include: Little Women- the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Citadel Theatre); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage); The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Prod.); Gabe in Next to Normal nominated for an Ovation Award (The Arts Club); and Luke in the Dora-nominated production of The Altar Boyz. Eric is a graduate of the distinguished Ryerson Theatre School Program and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he had the opportunity to take part in a Master Singing Class with Stephen Sondheim. Many thanks to his family, friends, and Adrian for their undying love, support and passion. www.ericmorin.ca

Stephen Patterson, Marvin

Stephen Patterson has spent 3 Seasons at the Stratford Festival, most recently in Wanderlust and as Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Other Stratford credits include: Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, Jacques Brel. Elsewhere: Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC Orchestra); James Bond/ABBA in Concert (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra); Bob in White Christmas (MTC, Neptune); Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American tour – Drayton); Che in Evita, Chris in Miss Saigon, Joseph in Joseph, Jeff in Brigadoon, The World Goes ’Round (Drayton); Marius in Les Misérables (Broadway, U.S. national tour); Laurie in Little Women (first U.S. national tour); Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Canadian Stage); Jerry in The Full Monty (Stage West); Twist and Shout (Grand); I Love You, You’re Perfect… (Aquarius); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Stephen’s CD, Tonight at Eight, is available on his website, www.stephenpatterson.tv. Stephen resides in Stratford with his wife, Robin Hutton, and their two sons, Hutton and Wesley.

Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell, Lighting Designer

Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Kimberly’s designs have been critically acclaimed both on the national and international stage having been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Mongolia. She has received 16 Dora Award nominations in the category for outstanding lighting design, winning three times and has received one nomination in the category of oustanding set design. She is also a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award and a Harold Award. Previously for Acting Up Stage, Kimberly has designed Parade and Caroline, or Change. Across Canada she has designed for companies including Mirvish Productions, Stratford Shakepeare Festival, Canadian Stage Company, CitadelTheatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Soulpepper, National Arts Centre, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Dancemakers, Harbourfront World Stage, Harbourfront Dance Works, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Luminato Festival, Necessary Angel, Tapestry New Opera, Opera Hamilton, da da kamera, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Queen of Puddings, The Banff Centre, Red Sky Performance, Studio 180, Urban Vessel, and many others. Her work has also been seen at both the Beijing and Vancouver Cultural Olympiads.

Glynis Ranney

Glynis Ranney, Trina

Glynis is thrilled to be part of this production. Past theatre credits include Side by Side by Sondheim (The Grand Theatre); Follies: In Concert, A Little Night Music, Mack & Mabel, Tristan, The Constant Wife, Happy EndFloyd Collins, Three Men on a Horse, The Coronation Voyage, Merrily We Roll Along, Easy Virtue, She Loves Me, A Foggy Day (Shaw Festival); Swimming in the Shallows (Buddies in Bad Times theatre/Theatrefront); Anything That Moves (Tarragon Theatre – Dora Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Theatre Festival); The Glass Menagerie (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Blithe Spirit (Theatre Aquarius); The Happy Prince (Children’s Trio); Passion, Leslie Arden and Friends, The House of Martin Guerre (Canadian Stage); The Mikado (National Arts Centre, Stratford Festival); The Gondoliers  (Stratford Festival); My Fair Lady (Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects and Prairie Theatre Exchange); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment).

Rachel Dawn Woods, Apprentice Stage Manager

This is Rachel’s debut with Acting Up Stage. Stage Management credits include: Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre); The Leisure Society (Infinithéâtre); The Sheets, The… (The Whole Empty Group); Ed’s Garage, Footloose (Grand Theatre); Gifts of the Magi (Theatre New Brunswick); The Arrangement (La Tigressa); Romeo and Juliet (National Arts Centre); Demolitics, Nomentacke (NotaBle Acts); Stop Heart, Henry VI (NTS). When she’s not stage managing, Rachel can often be found technician-ing in Montreal theatres. She also is a graduate of the National Theatre School and St. Thomas University. 

Reviews

A sparkling revival…Don’t miss this chance to see it!

— The Globe and Mail

A great production. Shows off the power of musicals… you should go!

— The National Post

Falsettos is a wonderful musical. Hits home at the heart.

— The Toronto Star

Beautifully cast!

— NOW

Astonishingly rich and powerful… Acting Up Stage Company continually hits the ball out the park.

— Fab Magazine

Passionate, lyrical and funny with a strong cast.

— AM 740

Exceptionally well performed, artfully choreographed and directed with a healthy willingness to experiment and surprise.

— The Charlebois Post

Emotion and history in this marvelous co-production… See this!

— Mooney On Theatre

The audience leaves humming the score and wiping a tear from their eye.

— My Gay Toronto

Satiric, witty and moving… a fine example of how well musical theatre can deal with complex moods and issues.

— Stage Door

Photos

Articles

FAB


Drew Rowsome interviews Eric Morin in the final issue of FAB

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BWW

Kelly Cameron of BroadwayWorld Toronto interviews the ladies of Falsettos

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Wholenote Image

Robert Wallace interviews Robert McQueen and Mitchell Marcus. 

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Star Image

Theatre critic Richard Ouzounian interviews William Finn, Robert McQueen and Mitchell Marcus on how timely Falsettos still is today. 

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NOW

Robert McQueen chats about the shifting paradigms of humanity in the two one-acts which comprise Falsettos with NOW Magazine. 

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Xtra

Xtra online chats with Robert McQueen and Eric Morin, who plays Whizzer, about the far-reaching vision the original Falsettos had in a world which was remaining decidedly ignorant. 

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Charlesbois Post


Director Robert McQueen gives you the inside scoop on his inspiration and vision for Falsettos. 

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CJN

The Canadian Jewish News chats with Michael Levinson about Falsettos, Caroline, or Change, and hoofing it as a child actor in Toronto. 

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