Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
There have been a lot of troubling announcements in the news lately … in the U.S. it has been proposed that in the upcoming budget, the National Endowment for the Arts will be eliminated. Closer to home, one of the flagship theatres in Calgary (ATP) is struggling to find funding to keep operations going during difficult financial times. We know that when there are priorities to assess, some people think that the arts are merely a “frill” for enjoyment. Pete and I have long believed in the power of the arts to impact social change and this month’s blog is about how the work we (and many other artists) have been doing is truly making a difference. I have spent the last 25 years of my life as a professional artist. It is a lot of hard work but the benefits … well truly … I believe the arts matter. So read on as we share the most recent adventures of Fenton & White, and perhaps after you read this blog think about how you can support the arts and the incredible work that artists and arts companies are doing to make society a better place.
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March 15, 2017 (Toronto, Ontario) – Musical theatre company Angelwalk Theatre re-launches with Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber which runs Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1 at 8pm nightly in the brand-new Lyric Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is conceived by Adrian Marchuk with musical direction and arrangements by Chris Tsujiuchi. It stars Adrian Marchuk, Samantha Hill, Kelly Holiff and Matt Nethersole.
During the month of February, I was part of a comedy show called Becoming Carol that toured 34 venues around Ontario with Smile Theatre. This company takes professional theatre to seniors’ facilities. We often go in to long term care facilities and places where the patrons of our show are wheelchair-bound. Many of the folks in our audience have no family to visit them and some rarely get out of the home they are living in. As we all age, quality of life is something that takes on a more significant meaning and the work that Smile Theatre does helps to bring some joy into the lives of seniors. The shows are priced very cheaply and the company is highly subsidized through grants and donations (Pete and I are regular donors). One of the most moving comments I heard on our recent tour was from a patron who was deeply depressed. She told us that she was going to spend the entire day crying in her room but someone had convinced her to come and see our show. After the performance she thanked us for bringing laughs and tears to her day. She said that the memories from the show would cheer her for weeks to come. Those kind of responses are why the work that Smile Theatre does makes a difference.
A TYPICAL AUDIENCE FOR A SMILE THEATRE SHOW. THESE PATRONS TELL US AFTER EVERY PERFORMANCE, THAT TO THEM … THE ARTS MATTER
In March, I spent some time as a guest artist with Theatre Direct a company that focuses its energies on creating meaningful theatre for youth. They also put a focus on arts education through the Wednesday after school arts camps, and just this week, I finished working with 14 young artists aged 4-6 who created their own play over 5 consecutive mornings at the Wee March Break.
CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN A THEATRE CAMP AT THEATRE DIRECT
Some may consider youth drama camps inconsequential, but Theatre Direct has an extraordinary approach to the work. The creative activity is grounded in four core values. Cooperation, Participation, Listening, and Safety and Respect for both bodies and voices. While the kids are exploring costume making, learning about how songs are composed, learning how to memorize a monologue … they are also learning socialization skills, communication, lateral thinking, and creative problem solving. They build confidence and at the end of each day, they self-assess how they did in terms of the four core values. It is a thoughtful and meaningful approach to teaching young minds creative expression. As the world progresses, creative thinking will be necessary to cope with the ever-changing economy and environment. To these kids, and to their parents … the arts matter.
In Any Dream Will Do, audiences will meet the man behind The Music Of The Night in the Toronto premiere of this magical evening of story and song, brought to life by some of the top musical theatre performers from Stratford, Toronto and Broadway.
Fresh off record-breaking runs at Theatre Collingwood and Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, this beautiful concert features such Andrew Lloyd Webber hit songs as Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Love Changes Everything, Unexpected Song, Tell Me On A Sunday and many more!
As one of Canada’s top singing actors, Adrian Marchuk is in high demand across the country. He spent three years playing Frankie Valli in the Toronto and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys. Other recent credits include starring in Musical of Musicals (Mirvish), Marry Me A Little (Tarragon Theatre), Dr. Fine in the hit rock musical Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre), Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions, Persephone Theatre), and Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (Ontario Tour). Adrian is also the creator of three successful concert shows: The Sweetest Sounds: A Century Of Song From Rodgers To Guettel, Any Dream Will Do and Over The Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Story, which will premiere in the summer of 2017. In addition to his acting work, Adrian is on the faculty at Sheridan College for the Performing Arts, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and St. Clair College.
A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Chris Tsujiuchi’s Musical Direction credits include Any Dream Will Do (Theatre Collingwood), 35MM (Toronto premiere), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), One Song Glory ’10 ’11 & ’12 (Acting Up Stage), A Joyful Noise (co-composer/lyricist, Smile Theatre) and Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale as a singer, with cabaret superstar Sharron Matthews as an accompanist and can be seen in his bi-annual “Chris-terical” cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Currently living in New York City, Samantha Hill’s Broadway credits include: Cosette in the most recent revival of Les Miserables (reprising her role from the Toronto production) and Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Hill also starred in the independent film The Editor, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Kelly Holiff is a popular theatre and cabaret performer. Selected theatre credits include Taking The A Train (Soulpepper), Uncovered (Acting Upstage), Ms. Stacy in Anne Of Green Gables (Charlottetown) and The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius). Kelly most recently finished her second holiday tour with Colm Wilkinson as his special guest.
Matt Nethersole’s selected credits include: Ritchie in A Chorus Line (Stratford Festival), The Hypochondriac (Stratford), Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival), Pygmalion (Shaw), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Magnus Theatre), Legally Blonde (Drayton Entertainment), Hairspray (Rainbow Stage), Elf (The Grand Theatre) and James in James and the Giant Peach (Young People’s Theatre).
Since Angelwalk Theatre’s last production in 2014 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the building has undergone significant changes, most notably the renovation of the old mainspace theatre (home of Jersey Boys, Ragtime, Show Boat, etc.) into two beautiful new theatres – the 296-seat Greenwin Theatre and the 574-seat Lyric Theatre.
Angelwalk looks forward to providing a home for musical theatre audiences in the heart of the community of North York in all four of the performance spaces (Studio Theatre, Greenwin Theatre, Lyric Theatre, George Weston Recital Hall) at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in the future. Its next show after this one is Everybody’s Got A Story: A Celebration of Canadian Women in Music which runs June 15-17, also in the Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
About Angelwalk Theatre: Angelwalk Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company dedicated to producing musical theatre and providing opportunities for both emerging and established Canadian theatre professionals. Founded in 2009, Angelwalk Theatre quickly established itself as a leader in producing musical theatre in Toronto. To date, Angelwalk Theatre has produced 15 musicals, including the world premiere of Off-Broadway On Stage, the Canadian premieres of Stars of David, Ordinary Days, I Love You Because, the Toronto premieres of Altar Boyz and [title of show], and two musicals by Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. The company has been nominated for 11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. http://www.angelwalk.ca
Angelwalk Theatre presents
Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Conceived by Adrian Marchuk
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Chris Tsujiuchi
Starring Adrian Marchuk, Samantha Hill, Kelly Holiff and Matt Nethersole
Thursday March 30 – Saturday April 1, 2017 at 8pm nightly
Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M2N 6R8
Single Tickets range from $25-$49 (Groups, Artsworker, and Under 30 prices available)
For single tickets, please visit www.angelwalk.ca or call TicketMaster at 1-855-985-2787
Subscription tickets range from $50-$88 (Artsworker, and Under 30 prices available)
For subscriptions, please visit www.angelwalk.ca or call Angelwalk Theatre at 416-901-2299