Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Angelwalk Theatre Toronto's Songs for a New World Prev March 30

From a media release: 

Angelwalk Theatre
Announces the Cast & Creative Team for
Songs for a New World

Toronto, Ontario… Angelwalk Theatre, the producers of the Dora-nominated Toronto premiere of Altar Boyz, announced the cast and creative team for its spring production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. The company will be producing the Tony Award nominated show at the Toronto Centre for the Arts starting March 30 and running until April 23, 2011.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.angelwalk.ca, through The Toronto Centre for the Arts box office at 5040 Yonge Street or by phone at 416-872-1111.

Stepping into the iconic roles are Erica Peck (We Will Rock You and The Boys in the Photograph, Mirvish Productions; The Wedding Singer, Stage West) as Woman 1, Denise Oucharek (Sound of Music and Mamma Mia!, Mirvish Productions; The Anna Russell Story, Theatre Aquarius) as Woman 2, Stewart Adam McKensey (Hairspray and The Producers, Mirvish Productions; My One and Only, Stratford Festival) as Man 1 and Justin Bott (Angelwalk Theatre; Joseph and The Wedding Singer, Stage West) as Man 2.

Leading this stellar cast is Director Andrew Lamb, who is making his Angelwalk Theatre debut. The Artistic Director of Theatre Awakening and the Director of Education and Outreach at Tarragon Theatre, Andrew’s directorial credits include My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish/Fringe Festival); In Darfur (SummerWorks); The Drawer Boy, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Georgian Theatre Festival); Desperate Housepets (Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals); After Juliet (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People); Just So Stories, The Balloon Tree (KidsVenue - Toronto Fringe Festival); WASPS (Hart House Theatre / U of T); and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Heritage Theatre). (Image is from Angelwalk's 2009 production of AltarBoyz)

Musical director Anthony Bastianon returns to Angelwalk Theatre for Songs for a New World. Anthony has been the resident musical director at Stage West for 10 years where he has performed in 35 productions including: The Wedding Singer, The Producers, and The Full Monty. Other credits include: Myths and Hymns (Talk Is Free Theatre); Seussical (Theatre Aquarius); Footloose (Stage West Calgary); You’ll Get Used To It (Stirling Festival); Man Of La Mancha and Fiddler On The Roof (Port Hope Festival); Joseph (Drayton Entertainment).

Also an accomplished composer, Bastianon’s original compositions include: Nursery School Musical (2008 Toronto Fringe and U.S. premiere in Houston 2009), Decameron (workshops in Toronto & Sheridan College), Creation (touring children’s show), and incidental music for numerous productions such as Lysistrata, The Hypochondriac and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hailed “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World is his first musical and one of his most popular and most performed musical theatre works. Fans of Jason Robert Brown will recognize popular songs, such as Stars and the Moon, I’m Not Afraid of Anything, Surabaya-Santa, King of the World, and Hear My Song. Featuring a brilliant score of gospel-driven ballads, funky R&B and heart wrenching love songs; Songs For A New World is filled with wit, intelligence and enthusiasm for life’s crazy possibilities.

Runs: March 30, 2011 – April 23, 2011
Opening: April 1, 2011
Schedule: Wed-Sat @ 8 p.m.; Sat-Sun @ 2 p.m.
Tickets: $25 to $45
Discounted Tickets:
Under 30 with valid I.D. – $25 (groups of 10 or more is $22)
Groups of 10 or more – $32-$38

Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts – Studio Theatre
5040 Yonge Street

Box Office: By phone: 416-872-1111
Online: www.angelwalk.ca
In person: Box Office, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street

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