October 28, 2013
Category: Performing Arts
6:30pm: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLES: Ensembles of David
Occhipinti & Andrew Downing Undergrads. 9:30pm: JOHN MacLEOD’S REX HOTEL ORCHESTRA:
Juno Award-Winning 20-Piece Big Band led by Trumpeter John MacLeod.
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Venue: The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
A brilliant young cast of Bohemians takes us on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey.
Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youthful flirtation, passionate love and heartbreaking tragedy springs to life in this beautiful new COC production, capturing the romance and artistic brilliance of France’s Belle Époque.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 10 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
For tickets: www.coc.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West
The season kicks off with Abduction from the Seraglio, a colourful comedy that tells of the charming antics of Belmonte and Pedrillo, a master and servant who must rescue their beloveds from the harem of the Pasha Selim. A revival of our highly successful production, this opera– featuring some of Mozart’s most demanding arias – is the perfect showcase for our artists’ vocal prowess and comedic acting chops, promising “a zesty pace and lots of laughs” (Classical 96.3 FM).
Appealing to children, youth and families, Abduction from the Seraglio is part of Opera Atelier’s ongoing commitment to cultivate the opera-lovers of tomorrow. More about Abduction from the Seraglio Abduction from the Seraglio will feature Lawrence Wiliford as Belmonte, Ambur Braid as Konstanze, Carla Huhtanen as Blondie, and Adam Fisher as Pedrillo. They will be joined by Gustav Andreassen (Osmin) and Curtis Sullivan (Pasha Selim), reprising their roles.
Abduction from the Seraglio runs October 26, 27, 29, 30, November 1 and 2 and is sung in German with English dialogue and English surtitles. Abduction from the Seraglio will be directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, with set design by Gerard Gauci and lighting design by Bonnie Beecher. Both productions will feature the Artists of Atelier Ballet and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the baton of David Fallis.
Ticket available at www.ticketmaster.ca/Opera-Atelier-tickets/artist/29535
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!
It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”
For more details: www.mirvish.com/shows/ilovelucyliveonstage
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
Henson Alternative’s PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED featuring The Miskreant Puppets.
PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, it’s never the same show twice. This live uncensored show lets loose the perilous and provocative elements of comedic improvisation on stage with a bunch of puppets from the Jim Henson Company . Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage.
PUPPET UP! – UNCENSORED boasts a cast of six world-class puppeteers in an uninhibited live puppet performance. Touring after its successful Off-Broadway run in New York, the show has drawn rave reviews and overwhelming audience response.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street