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Issue #185: January 15, 2007


The Police Concert Tickets are hot as well as Broadway theater shows like Jersey Boys Tickets, Disney's Mary Poppins on Broadway and classics like Wicked Tickets.

Broadway On The Road

  • Even though his latest TV series Justice didn’t hit a home run with audiences, there is no rest in store for Victor Garber.  Look for the theatre veteran to return to the stage in a revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter scheduled to open at Boston’s Huntington Theater in May.

London's West End

  • Casting has been announced for the upcoming film of Mamma Mia! based on the global hit musical.  Playing the lead will be none other than Meryl Streep and it looks like producer Tom Hanks has snatched original musical director Phyllida Lloyd to direct the film.  This puts a crimp in the plans of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company who in cooperation with The National Arts Centre had Ms. Lloyd on assignment to bring Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad to the stage this July.

Broadway Around the World

  • Never one to sit around…even at the age of 64…former Beatle Paul McCartney is currently working on a musical based on his life and plans are to have it debut in Liverpool sometime in 2008.

Bits & Pieces

  • I’d like to welcome Go Tickets to On The Boards and In The Wings.  If you are looking to book tickets to Broadway shows either in New York or on the road check out their site.  They also provide ticket information on sporting and concert events as well.

Curtain Call

  • Canadian cultural icon Mavor Moore died December 18 at the age of 87.  A prolific gentleman, Moore worked as an actor, director, producer, dramatist, impresario, composer, writer, critic, cultural commentator and academic.  He came by these traits honestly…the son of the indomitable Dora Mavor Moore, after whom the Toronto theatre awards “The Dora’s” are named, James Mavor Moore was producing neighbourhood shows with his brothers, at the age of 10.  At 22 he was the youngest producer at the CBC producing wartime radio features, working in the international service and in the information division of the newly formed United Nations Secretariat in New York.  In 1961 he bought the rights to his mother’s “Spring Thaw” an annual Toronto theatre revue she founded in 1948. He joined Tyrone Guthrie for the inaugural season of the Stratford Festival as a producer and actor in 1954.  He was the founding artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival from 1964 to 1968.  It was there that he commissioned Norman and Elaine Campbell to write a musical based on Anne of Green Gables. With the help of Don Harron’s book, the festival has featured its home grown musical during the summer season for more than forty years. Mr. Moore’s contribution to Canadian theatre is exceptional, the likes of which we will probably never see again.

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