SesayArts: From Page to Stage – 3

After setting off musical-theatre mania in Toronto 28 years ago, Cats returns with a new all-Canadian production at the Panasonic Theatre on May 28. Cats is a musical based on a collection of poems by English poet T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. A radical departure from his still-elusive masterwork, The Wasteland, Old […]

SesayArts: From Page to Stage – 2

En garde! The family-friendly Three Musketeers is swashbuckling its way back to the Stratford Festival. Based on the novel The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) by French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), this is the classic adventure story of the camaraderie between the poor young nobleman D’Artagnan (played by Luke Humphrey) and Athos (Graham Abbey), Porthos (Jonathan Goad) […]

SesayArts Blog: From Page to Stage – 1

How many times have you heard, “the movie was good, but the book was better”? As it happens, many of the stage productions either currently playing or opening soon in the Toronto area have their genesis on the page. With summer (and family summer outings) around the corner, what better time to briefly consider the […]

SesayArts Blog: May 4 is Free Comic Book Day! by Scott Sneddon

When it comes to annual springtime freebies, what’s the best-kept secret in town? Free Comic Book Day, of course. Yes, it’s true… each year, the first Saturday in May is the day when major and minor comic book publishers alike (including Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, Archie and many, many more) create special comic […]

SesayArts Blog: Off to See The Wizard?

So you’re off to see the Wizard. The Wizard of Oz continues its run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, starring an all-Canadian cast, directed by Jeremy Sams. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage production has been adapted from the beloved MGM movie musical, with additional music by Lloyd Webber and former writing partner Tim Rice. Just […]

SesayArts Blog: Stomp

I caught Stomp with my children last week during its limited run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. And it was fabulous, much more than the sum of all its percussive parts: a coherent, harmonious and engrossing blend of music, movement, percussion and comedy. Sure, we heard the cacophony of rhythmic sounds from sources you’ve come […]