Tag Archives: musical theatre

10 years with the Janes: Plain Jane Theatre celebrates with a new revue, Get Happy!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Happiness. So how’s that going for you? Is the state of happiness a democratic republic? Is happiness something to be approached gradually, on tiptoe? Something to be pursued vigorously and wrestled to the ground? Or chosen? … Continue reading

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The 6 wives of Henry VIII do girl-power pop (and stop by en route to Broadway): Six the Musical. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You’re gonna find out/ how we got unfriended….” sing six queens exploding out of history and into concert in their red-hot opening number. “Tonight we’re gonna do ourselves justice/ ‘cause we’re taking you to court!” Give … Continue reading

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Special of the day, a genuine home-cooked musical: Meat, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Alan Kellogg

Meat (The Musical) (Venue 34, Varscona Hotel, Thomas Bennett Room) By Alan Kellogg The history of talented (and not so talented) actors, dancers and singers supplementing their income with stints at a restaurant likely goes back to harlequins and the medieval … Continue reading

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Sing it don’t say it: musical theatre at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take a quick flip through the Fringe program, a tome of epic weight and proportions, and you’ll notice there’s nothing run of DeMille about the musicals at this year’s edition of our big alternative summer theatre … Continue reading

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A grown-up homecoming in a moving musical: Fun Home, a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca We are all haunted, every one of us. By the great mysteries of our past: our families. By the questions we live with that never got answered. By the tiny moments that slipped by at the … Continue reading

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Dear Evan Hansen arrives in the upcoming Broadway Across Canada season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca An innovative award-winner of a Broadway musical with every kind of contemporary traction is the finale of the upcoming three-show Broadway Across Canada season. Dear Evan Hansen, arriving at the Jube Feb. 11 to 16 2020, … Continue reading

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On the edge of the world: Come From Away. A review.

Becky Gulsvig and Emily Watson (front) in Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy. By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Welcome to the Rock. “You are here, at the start of a moment, on the edge of the world,” sings the ensemble … Continue reading

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Falling slowly for Once: a low-key musical fairy-tale opens the Citadel season. A review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I pay you with music,” says the fairy godmother to the despondent troubadour in Once. And lo and behold, making music is the ultimate fairy elixir: it can transform you from half-dead to fully alive, and … Continue reading

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Once … upon a time: meet Ann Hodges, director of the cult film-turned-musical that launches the Citadel season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Once … upon a time there was a winsomely offbeat 2007 indie Irish film, about the unlikely friendship between a Dublin street musician and a Czech immigrant. It was made for a dime (well, $150,000), shot … Continue reading

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Taking a taxi through ’80s Madrid: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, the musical

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the first song of the musical comedy cum romantic screwball that ricochets across the Varscona stage Thursday, a Madrid taxi driver apostrophizes his beloved home town in the ‘80s.  “Give me directions straight into the … Continue reading

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