Backstage gangster shenanigans & romance in the delightful, sizzling Kiss Me Kate

Another opening of another show for Alexander Showcase Theatre last week with its production of Kiss Me Kate, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, with music direction by Gwyneth Sestito and choreography by Jaime Robertson, Kiss Me Kate is currently running at Fairview Library Theatre.Continue reading “Backstage gangster shenanigans & romance in the delightful, sizzling Kiss Me Kate”

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Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor

Alexander Showcase Theatre (AST) opened its production of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious romp Lend Me a Tenor at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills on Thursday, directed by Vincenzo Sestito. Set in 1934 in a hotel suite in Cleveland, Cleveland Grand Opera Company manager Henry Saunders (Seth Mukamal), his daughter Maggie (Anne-Marie Krytiuk) and his assistantContinue reading “Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor”

Toronto Fringe: Waiting for Godot meets Brazil – in space – in bizarro, quirky fun Waiting for Alonzo

Buckle your seatbelts, kids, ‘cuz it’s going to be a bumpy ride. In space. Post-apocalyptic satire in Empty Box Theatre Company’s [link] production of Waiting for Alonzo, written and directed by Keavy Lynch – running at the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Mainspace for Toronto Fringe. In a post-apocalyptic time in the near future, a loneContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Waiting for Godot meets Brazil – in space – in bizarro, quirky fun Waiting for Alonzo”

Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd

From the dark, seedy nooks and alleyways of the foggy set, and creepy opening organ music to its tragic ending, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street takes us from pathos to camp and back again in this story of one man’s singular and bloody drive for revenge gone horribly astray. With music andContinue reading “Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd”

An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

A wonderful evening of fun and festivity at the Papermill Theatre last night at Alexander Showcase Theatre’s (AST) opening night of their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a special wine and dine gala that featured a very tasty and highly digestible pre-show Christmas dinner. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, who adapted the script withContinue reading “An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol”

Rowdy, entertaining romp of mystery & music @ Alexander Showcase’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Alexander Showcase Theatre (AST) opened their run of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Al Green Theatre (Jewish Community Centre at Bloor/Spadina, Toronto) last night. Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens story, this version of Edwin Drood is a musical by Rupert Holmes and was originally produced by Joseph Papp at The New YorkContinue reading “Rowdy, entertaining romp of mystery & music @ Alexander Showcase’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale

crucible n.1 a container in which metals are heated 2 a severe test or trial (Oxford Canadian Dictionary) Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a drama set during the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s – and a metaphor for the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, when the play was written – is a period pieceContinue reading “The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale”

Great big hair-raising fun @ Alexander Showcase’s Young Frankenstein – The Musical

I had the great pleasure of seeing Alexander Showcase Theatre’s highly entertaining production of Mel Brooks’ and Thomas Meehan’s  Young Frankenstein – The Musical, playing now at the Al Green Theatre (Jewish Community Centre at Bloor/Spadina, Toronto) last night. The Alexander Showcase production was helmed by director Vincenzo Sestito and musical director/producer Gwyneth Sestito, withContinue reading “Great big hair-raising fun @ Alexander Showcase’s Young Frankenstein – The Musical”

Some wacky fun time theatre shouts

Hey kids! Busy times for this bloggergal last week, so happy to be slowing things down a bit this week. Wanted to shout out a few theatre events happening: If you’re looking for some big, wacky, scary musical fun – check out Alexander Showcase Theatre’s production of Young Frankenstein – The Musical, playing now atContinue reading “Some wacky fun time theatre shouts”

It’s A Wonderful Life delights onstage

A delightful, magical evening of holiday fun last night at Alexander Showcase Theatre’s (formerly the Alexander Players & Singers) encore production of It’s A Wonderful Life, remounted for a three-day run at the Papermill Theatre after a very successful run last season. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, this adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday film classicContinue reading “It’s A Wonderful Life delights onstage”