Forgive me for being sentimental, but it’s the holiday season- there’s no better time for a little indulgence! For me, the theatre and the holidays are inextricably linked. Christmas 1991 was really where it all started. Under the tree tickets to The Phantom of the Opera were waiting for me. Turns out it was much more than just an evening’s entertainment. It was the start of a series of experiences that have shaped my life. A source of magic and wonder that still manages to surprise and delight me.
The bodysuits, leg warmers and tails have been unpacked, the fur and makeup is ready to be applied. Are you ready for Cats? T.S. Eliot’s 1939 book of poems- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats- is full of descriptions of the fanciful and whimsical jellicle cats.
I’ve started to receive some questions from curious theatre-lovers so it feels like the right time to start sharing what I have discovered. The first question I’d like to address came in from Matteo.
As I left my house this morning frost crunched underfoot, and my breath made little, visible puffs. It was very depressing so today I’m choosing to think of more pleasant pursuits.
Full disclosure- I’m not an Islander.
I have always wanted to visit ‘The Rock’ (and I don’t mean Dwayne Johnson) so it is only fair to warn you that I begin this article with an unreasonable amount of jealousy.
As Bob Dylan has said “Times they are a-changing”. Halloween is in the rear-view, the clocks have already been set back as we march on toward the end of the decade.
If you are looking for answers, look elsewhere.
Girl From the North Country is not biographical like Jersey Boys, nor is it a fictional story woven around a series of hit songs like Mamma Mia. This is something completely different, more akin to a play with music. But that description makes the music an afterthought when it is more of an equal partner.
The Band’s Visit has blown into Toronto like the jasmine scented wind that is a recurring image throughout the show.
The show that starts with the words: “Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t that important.” The self-deprecating humour of this sets the tone for the entire show.