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Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek

STAR TREK FEVER — If you’re a Treker (and, really, who isn’t?) there’ve been some serious seismic activity in the Star Trek-universe over the course of the several few weeks.

First: CBS All Access’ Picard (featuring the new exploits of Captain Jean Luc Picard – restless as ever) has been renewed for Season Two, ahead of its Season One premier in January.

As a Trek-fan, I think Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Picard has been nothing shorty of amazing and since this series was first announced, fans-everywhere have been on warp drive. As good as Stewart has been, for me at least, he certainly hasn’t erased William Shatner’s epic portrayal of James Tiberius Kirk. In fact, the scenes with both Kirk and Picard in the Trek-film Generations resonate like never before.

A newly released trailer of Picard greeting Jonathan Frakes  (aka Number 1 on STTNG) almost broke the internet. The scene of the two of them sitting on a  bench pondering their futures is rich. Check it out here: 

Second; The great DC Fontana, who wrote several of the original Trek-shows has passed at 80.

She worked the premise into the script for “Charlie X,” although she gave Roddenberry the story credit and only took the teleplay credit for herself. It was broadcast as the second episode of the series. Although this was an adapted story, she also wrote “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”  from her own idea.

She subsequently came up with the ideas for the episodes for “Journey to Babel” and “Friday’s Child.” There were other works that she was formally credited with based on the Writers Guild arbitration that were only re-writes of episodes. 

She was one of four writers to re-write Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever,” alongside Roddenberry, Gene Coon and Steve Carabatsos who had all made changes at different times to Ellison’s displeasure. Interesting fact: Fontana’s draft, submitted on January 23, 1967, was superseded by three further versions by Roddenberry. For my money, the best Trek-episode ever! RIP DC!

And, this from Quentin Tarantino via DeadlineThe internet is blowing up after comments that Quentin Tarantino might be stepping away from directing the R-rated version of Star Trek he cooked up with JJ Abrams, with The Revenant‘s Mark L. Smith scripting. I happened to be on the phone with Tarantino as the stories began spreading. Tarantino said he hasn’t made a definitive decision, yet.

“I might be steering away from it, but we’ll see,” he said. “I haven’t completely decided, or talked to anyone involved. Nothing is official.”

Deadline broke the story of the decision by Tarantino and Abrams to develop the script with Smith, a passion fueled by Tarantino’s love for the original show and particularly the James T. Kirk character created by William Shatner for exec producer and creator Gene Roddenberry. It would be a shame for Trek fans if Tarantino won’t direct it but Smith has turned in a script he likes and they’ve done a lot of developing, so it might well be a gift for another filmmaker.

They’ve all been waiting for Tarantino to complete his awards season promotion for the triumph Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, which just got its DVD release and still remains a front runner. Deadline revealed recently that Noah Hawley (Fargo) had come aboard to also develop to direct another Star Trek film.

Stay tuned … this is getting sticky!

David Lee Roth and KISS

ROTH’S KISS TREK — David Lee Roth playing with Kiss?

Kiss’ February and March U.S. dates are sandwiched by David Lee Roth’s residency at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which has shows running from Jan. 8-11, and March 18-28. Roth is also set to play the Epicenter Festival in Charlotte, N.C. on May 1.

Roth has declared Van Halen to be “finished,” and, with his current band, the first time he’s ever used a two-guitar lineup, as the “next phase” of his career. “I’ve inherited the band de facto — whatever that means,” he said. “I think it means if you inherit it, carry this proudly. Van Halen isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie’s [Van Halen] got his own story to tell. Not mine to tell it.”

For Kiss, working with a member of Van Halen would help bring Gene Simmons’ career full circle. In 1976, he produced a 15-song demo for them, which helped them get signed to Warner Bros. A year later, he asked Eddie and Alex Van Halen to record demos of “Christine Sixteen,” “Tunnel of Love” and “Got Love for Sale.” The recordings were officially unearthed in a 2017 collection of previously unreleased Simmons material.

Kiss 2020 U.S. Tour Dates

Feb. 1 — Manchester, NH @ SNHU Arena

Feb. 4 — Allentown, PA @ PPL Center

Feb. 5 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

Feb. 7 — Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena

Feb. 8 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Feb. 11 — Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena

Feb. 13 — Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena

Feb. 15 — Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center

Feb. 16 — Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Feb. 18 — Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena

Feb. 19 — Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena

Feb. 21 — Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center

Feb. 22 — Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center

Feb. 24 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Feb. 25 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

Feb. 29 — Laughlin, NV @ Laughlin Event Center

March 2 — Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Bank Arena (formerly Rabobank Arena)

March 4 — Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

March 6 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

March 9 — El Paso, TX @ UTEP Don Haskins Center

March 10 — Lubbock, TX @ United Supermarkets Arena

March 12 — Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

March 14 — Lafayette, LA @ Lafayette Cajundome

March 15 — Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum

SHORT TAKES — As Morpheus said to Neo in The Matrix, “I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” That’s the dilemma now facing Keanu Reeves fans at the theaters in a few months, as they ponder their strategies for choosing which film to see first on what’s being touted as Keanu Reeves Day: May 21, 2021, when the sequels Matrix 4 from Warner Bros. and John Wick 4 from Lionsgate, debut on the same day. The unprecedented twin billing of the two action thrillers from the beloved star has the online community roaring its approval …

The Guess Who

It’s been more than 10 years since founding Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman and singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings toured together, but it looks like a reunion may be in the works for next year. Cummings has posted a couple of messages on his official Facebook page hinting that the two musicians are organizing a tour.  The first post shows a photo of Cummings and Bachman arm-in-arm onstage, and reads, “’Rumour has it’ that this might be a sight that many people see in 2020.” The second post features another pic of Burton and Randy, accompanied by a lengthier message that reads, in part, “I’m hearing ‘rumours’…I’m hearing ‘rumours’…looks like 2020 might see this happening…and I say to myself ‘why not…?'”  The caption continues, “I’m mulling over in my mind what a set list it could be with all the [Guess Who] stuff, some of my solo stuff, and [various the Bachman-Turner Overdrive songs,] AS WELL AS a few choice numbers from our Jukebox CD…Yikes…It could very well make for a pretty strong two hours…Yes it could…” The two veteran rockers had feuded for many years since their joint 2009 Bachman-Cummings trek, with Randy revealing in a 2014 article in Toronto’s newspaper The Star that the dispute involved The Guess Who’s publishing.  But now it seems they’ve buried the hatchet. Signs that Bachman and Cummings had mended their relationship first emerged this past summer.  On July 18, they played a full concert together at Toronto’s Casa Loma as a fundraiser for Canada’s Walk of Fame.  Then, on August, Randy joined Burton for three songs during Cummings’ show at Toronto’s CNE Bandshell …

Mariah Carey

I’m somewhat bemused by all the ink on the fact that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is #1 … after 25 years! Carery’s last two album, for different labels if memory serves, sunk like lead balloons. I like Mariah -I really do- but, battles with various managers over the years and labels haven’t helped her one bit. I still remember when she was handled by Jerry Blair; one of the brighter lights around. But, that was like 25 years ago . Truth be told, J. Robert Spencer’s new holiday song, “Waiting On Christmas” is a big new favorite …

1841 Broadway

The legendary building at 1841 Broadway is coming down. The home of Atlantic Records for years (not to mention the fabulous restaurant Gabriel’s); I well remember walking by one day and seeing Rascal-Gene Cornish staring intently at the building. “That’s where it all happened” he said … and, Happy Birthday Bill Amendola!

NAMES IN THE NEWS —Alicia Spiegal; Vinny Rich; Scott Barker; Donna Quinter; James Edstrom; Ann Watt; Simon Kirke; Steve Walter; Susan Hathaway; Curtis Urbina; David Salidor; Wendy Stuart Kaplan; and, ZIGGY!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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The Outsiders Musical Perfection Heartache and Longing

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I have not read 1967 S.E. Hinton’s novel or seen Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film of The Outsiders, so I really did not know how much of an impact this show would have on me. Part of this was due to the amazing performance by Ponyboy (Brody Grant). Grant is a star, making us fall in love instantaneously with the vulnerable, sensitive, romantic boy, who is so out of place in a world that is divided by class and what side of the town you live.

Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy The Outsiders

Danya Taymor, takes on this coming-of-age drama making you feel every nuance and angst of being a teen stuck in their turn of the wheel that life throws at them.

Here Ponyboy reflects on his life, as he narrates this 1965 musical set in Tulsa, Oklahoma that ends in tragedy. Ponyboy’s parents are dead, so eldest brother Darrel (Brent Comer) has taken on the job of raising his two younger brothers, Ponyboy and Soda (Jason Schmidt). Darrel is frustrated because he is losing his youth and Ponyboy feels the brunt of his dissatisfaction.

The town is overrun by the affluent teens, known as the “Socs” (short for “Socials” – economically advantaged teens). They harass, bully and assault the greasers (economically disadvantaged teens) who have to cross through a park to get home. When Ponyboy and his best friend Johnny (Sky Lakota-Lynch)  catch a movie at the local drive-in, the cutest girl in the school Cherry Valance (Emma Pittman) and Ponybody talk. Her boyfriend Bob (Kevin William Paul), takes none to kindly to their budding friendship

Pony and Johnny have missed their curfew and Pony’s older brother, strikes him. He runs off to the park with Johnny. While there they are attacked by Bob and the other Socs. Johnny is beaten and Pony is almost drowned in the park’s fountain, until Johnny stabs Bob, killing him.

An older local boy Dallas (A wonderful Jason Boone), the one who gave Jonny the knife to defend himself gives them money for food and a loaded firearm. They flee and hide out in an abandoned church to lay low. Dallas visits ready to run away with them, but the boys want to return and take responsibility. In the meantime the church, gets set on fire with children trapped inside. The boys all rescue them but are burned, with Johnny breaking his back when a part of the structure collapses on him. Ponyboy reunites with his two older brothers in the hospital and then returns home. Their heroic deed makes the front page of the local paper. At this point the two sides rumble for control of the park.

The greasers win, but others pay the price and the show is definitely has a four hankie ending.

Photograph: Courtesy Matthew MurphyThe Outsiders

There are moments that are definitely like West Side Story, but it is done amazingly well by choreographers Rick and Jeff Kuperman, that these teens constantly seem in flight. The street fights enhanced by sudden blackouts by Brian MacDevitt’s lighting and sound by Cody Spencer are a marvel to watch.

Jason Schmidt and Brody Grant Photo by Matthew Murphy

The script by Adam Rapp and Justin Levine, is truthful, relatable and heartbreaking.

The score, by the folk duo Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Levine (who is also credited with music supervision, orchestration and arrangements) keep a country sound that fits this show to a tee. Plaintive, longing and full of hope, we feel these teens emotions down to the pit of our stomach. Songs like “Tulsa 1967,”“Runs in the Family,””Stay Gold,” “Great Expectations” and “Little Brother” show us the world and the emotions that hold these teens captive.

The cast is seriously spectacular with youth, vitality and energy galore. They leap and fly across this set. For many of them this is their Broadway debut. The three orphaned brothers are excellent with a sense of commodity and tenderness.

Photograph: Courtesy Matthew MurphyThe Outsiders

The wooden set by AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian keeps us feeling the cage that seems open yet so confining. The elements are all here thanks to Hana S. Kim’s projections, as well as special effects by Jeremy Chernick and Lillis Meeh.

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this show. Pulsating with the emotion of being trapped inside your class, all I could think about were those artistic, intelligent kids with dreams that are crushed before they even begin.

The Outsiders: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W 45th Street.

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STILL at DR2 Compelling Theater Can Still be Found Off Broadway

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Two strong and vulnerable characters portrayed by two flawless actors, a script with wit, sentiment and realistic conflict, seamless well-paced directing in a set that is surprising for an Off Broadway production proves that great theater is STILL achievable in New York. STILL, a new play by Lia Romeo, opened April 18th at DR2, currently running through May 18th is a show that is worthy of a longer run.

The question raised in the first few minutes of the play paraphrased here, ‘as you keep replacing parts of a boat when does the boat become a new boat?’, also applies to a person or a relationship, as a person grows in life with various new ideas and experiences when is that person no longer the same?

Tim Daly and Jayne Atkinson Photo by Joey Moro

Two old friends/lovers, Helen and Mark effortlessly and naturally played by Jayne Atkinson and Tim Daly, meet in a hotel bar after 20 years. The conversation is one that brings them and us, as audience members, up to date on their lives. Both successful in their own professions and at a crossroads where a renewed spark is possible, they have humorous banter that leads to flirtation, despite each of them humbly admitting to the other and themselves that they are in their 60’s. The set, designed by Alexander Woodward, adds to the intimacy of the meeting and as the conversation was leading to a more amorous setting, I was wondering how on the DR2 stage where could these flirtations lead figuratively and literally. Mr Woodward answers this question and does not disappoint with his scenic design.

As polite conversation leads to the ultimate kiss and more we root for the two to find their lost love and are rewarded when they do have their night together. The conflict that arises after their lovemaking is one that all of us are experiencing in today’s world. The rewriting of our own histories, the different feelings people have while experiencing the same event and the divergent beliefs we develop after separate lives are lived all contribute to us not connecting. The question is – will these two overcome all these obstacles to finally be together – soulmates meeting again after decades?

While tempers flare and some attacks by the two protagonists could be classified as hitting below the belt, Ms Romeo throws in a few funny lines, as well as an avocado, to make those punches palatable so that we still like them both and despite our own personal views can relate to each.

Jayne Atkinson and Tim Daly Photo by Joey Moro

Neither the wonderful dialogue nor the compelling acting could have been actualized so well without the direction of Adrienne Campbell-Holt. The movement of the actors whether casually sipping wine, blissfully lying in bed or violently tossing items Is choreographed like a dance. Ms Campbell-Holt is an award winning director, a recipient of the Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award and is the Artistic Director of the theater company Colt Coeur, which brought this show to stage. Her direction is well paced and thoughtful and I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

With relatable dialogue, spoken by two seasoned pros, directed seamlessly in an impressive set STILL is a proof that theater can still bring out our emotions and make us think about ourselves and those around us.

STILL: DR2, 103 E 15th Street until May 18th.

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Rockers On The Rise: With Love – A Benefit Concert Featuring The Stars Of Tomorrow

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The Path Fund Inc.® and Avery Rehl are pleased to announce this special celebration of Love on Mother’s Day, Rockers On The Rise: With Love. The event will feature some of the most talented young performers of the next generation. Rockers On The Rise: With LoveRockers On The Rise: With Love is on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6 p.m. at The Cutting Room.

Rockers On The Rise is The PATH Fund’s new mentorship initiative that enables young artists to audition, perform, direct and produce their own shows with personalized mentoring and hands-on training to gain real-world experience. Having been a part of the annual Rockers On Broadway® concert series, Avery Rehl was inspired to lead this year’s Rockers-type event to support the arts community.

“I’ve had such a great time working with Cori Gardner and Donnie Kehr, and I’ve learned a lot from them as I’ve developed my performing career. Singing in Rockers On Broadway has been a great experience, and now producing Rockers On The Rise is giving me further insights into how the industry works. In the future, I look forward to giving back to the community and helping young artists grow with the PATH Fund.”, says Rehl.

The performers include:

The graduating high school seniors, class of 2024, Isabelle Gottfried; Avery Rehl; Matteo Russo (The Many Saints Of Newark); Sylvia Smith; and other young rockers, Nick Allen; Claudia Fabella; GG Roberts-Nguyen; Tyson Gottfried; Jackson Preisser; Gus Schonfeld; Jurnee Swan (The Piano Lesson); Audrey Simone Winters (The Sound Of Music (tour)).

The creative team is led by director Donnie Kehr; Executive Producers Avery Rehl, Cori Gardner; with music direction by Logan Medland.

“We are so honored that these young performers want to give their time and talent to our cause”, says Gardner. “Their commitment to the community is impressive and inspirational.” adds Kehr.

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Tarragon Theatre Announces Their 2024/25 Season

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TORONTO – Artistic Director Mike Payette and Managing Director Andrea Vagianos excitedly announced Tarragon Theatre’s 2024/25 season earlier today. The 53rd season, they stated, will embrace the impact of coming together while celebrating the rich scope of bold Canadian storytellers. It’s a diverse season that focuses on collaboration, featuring stories of revitalization and courage, unveiling an electric year of new works that hopefully will inspire, move, and completely delight.

It’s an exciting moment for Tarragon as we champion the breadth of powerful artists that create, explore, and premiere beautiful stories that speak to today’s world. In the 24-25 season, we are steadfast in our mission of inviting audiences to undiscovered worlds in a season that welcomes back and introduces groundbreaking Canadian storytellers on and off the stage. We look forward to a year of laughter, passion, and heart in this unforgettable collection of stories,” reflects Artistic Director Mike Payette.

Tarragon’s season begins with the Toronto Premiere of GOBLIN:MACBETH, a Spontaneous Theatre Creation from Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak. Having wowed audiences in Stratford and Calgary, the Goblins make their home in “the Six”, bringing their hilariously unique, partly improvised, and entirely immersive take on Shakespeare’s text of Macbeth. From the team that brought smash hits Blind Date and Undercover to Tarragon, it’s the perfect way to begin, as we enter the season of wicked delights. This Toronto premiere is onstage October 3  – 27, 2024.

Across the lobby, Tarragon welcomes back Governor General’s Award finalist Rosa Laborde (Léo, Light) for the world premiere of Interior Design. Directed by Dora Award-winner, Kat Sandler (Mustard, Yaga), Interior Design is a fast-paced and timely comedy where an attempted intervention leads to a series of messy truths between a tight-knit group of girlfriends. Featuring four powerhouse performers, including Sara Farb (Fun Home, Musical Stage Company) and Anita Majumdar (Boys With Cars, Nightswimming/YPT). The world premiere of Interior Design will be onstage from October 15 – November 10, 2024.

Next, a co-production with Modern Times Stage Company, innovators supercharging the voices of marginalized communities. Written by Rouvan Silogix (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Modern Times/Crow’s) and Rafeh Mahmud(Daytime Emmy Award-winner) with direction from Tarragon Artistic Director Mike Payette (Cockroach 曱甴; Choir Boy, Canadian Stage), Craze is a sexy, surrealist, laugh-out-loud comedy, featuring an outstanding cast including Augusto Bitter (Year of the Rat, Factory Theatre), Ali Kazmi (Behind the Moon), Kwaku Okyere (Choir Boy, Canadian Stage), Lisa Ryder (Orestes – Online) and Louisa Zhu (Lady Sunrise, Factory Theatre). The biting Craze evokes the traditional living-room comedy into a sensorial feast for a modern audience. This world premiere is onstage November 19 – December 15, 2024.

The new year starts by welcoming Nightswimming Theatre, as an in-association partner for an intimate and exciting world premiere offering. An engaging and powerful theatrical exploration, The Wolf in the Voice invites performers Neema Bickersteth (Treemonisha, Volcano in association with Canadian Opera Company/Soulpepper/Luminato/Movable Beast), Jane Miller (These Are The Songs I Sing When I’m Sad, Nightswimming) and Taurian Teelucksingh (My Fair Lady, Shaw Festival) to share their stories of vocal artistry through song, and asks audiences “Is your voice warmed up?” Created by Martin Julien and Brian Quirt (Why We Are Here!, High Performance Rodeo – Calgary) in collaboration with the performers, The Wolf in the Voice will have its world premiere February 4 – February 23, 2025.

Next, the thrilling Toronto Premiere of Guillermo Vedecchia’s Feast. Directed by Dora Award-winner, Soheil Parsa (Wildfire and Monster, Factory Theatre), Feast is a charged look at the globalized world in which some are movers and some are moved, and how long we can last when family falls apart. Featuring Rick Roberts (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Stratford) in a powerful return to Tarragon’s stage. This Toronto premiere is running from April 1 – April 27, 2025.

From the lauded creative mind of Kevin Matthew Wong (The Chemical Valley Project) comes the world premiere of Benevolence. Developed in part during our inaugural Greenhouse Festival, this intimate and revelatory story speaks to intergenerational legacy and heritage; opening a world into the experience of a thriving Hakka community. Guided by Mike Payette’s direction, Wong makes his Tarragon mainstage debut in this world premiere run from April 8 – May 4, 2025.

Closing the season is the highly-anticipated co-production of Tarragon‘s 2023 Bulmash-Siegel Award Winners Rose Napoli (Mad Madge, Nightwood Theatre) and Suzy Wilde’s (Retold, Musical Stage Company) new musical After the Rain. In partnership with Musical Stage Company – the first time Tarragon and Musical Stage Company have partnered on a project – this premiere is based on a heartwarming true story that unflinchingly embraces the throes of growing up and growing together through the exceptional healing power of music. Directed by Marie Farsi (15 Dogs, Crow’s) and featuring Eva Foote (Fall On Your Knees, Canadian Stage/NAC/Grand/Neptune) in her Tarragon Theatre debut, After the Rain is sure to be an unforgettable spring treat. This world premiere is onstage May 27 – June 22.

Tarragon is also excited to welcome dance Immersion as 24/25 Company-in-Residence, which will invite unique mentorship opportunities to artists, as well as the Toronto premiere of the acclaimed touring presentation Black & Rural; an artistic inquiry into the hearts and minds of Black folks tucked away on Canada’s countryside. With 30 years of experience producing, promoting, and supporting dancers and dances of the African Diaspora, dance Immersion is one of the city’s most dynamic dance companies that will bring an exciting disciplinary and new creation bridge to Tarragon.

For the past year, Tarragon has been proud to offer programming that invites young people and the young at heart to experience the magic of theatre together. We look forward to furthering this mission with the continuation of The Sally Stavro Family Series. Welcoming programming for a variety of artists with a youth focus to Tarragon, this initiative is supported through the Steve and Sally Stavro Family Foundation.  The series offers free tickets to youth under 12 years old on select Saturday mornings throughout the season and beginning in October.

Closing the series, Tarragon looks forward to hosting the 11th edition of the Wee Festival, a unique curated offering of presentations inspired by theatre and performing arts from around the world created for children 0-6 years and their families.

Tarragon’s 2024/25 season emboldens the scope of Canadian voices and their stories within an ever-shifting world, bringing communities and theatre-goers together in celebration of the breadth of artistry and generations. We hope you’ll join us.

TARRAGON THEATRE’S 2024/25 SEASON AT-A-GLANCE

GOBLIN:MACBETH (Toronto Premiere)
A Spontaneous Theatre Creation
by Rebecca Northan & Bruce Horak with music by Ellis Lalonde

October 3 – 27, 2024
Mainspace

When three Goblins come across a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, they’re eager to take over a theatre and take a stab at Macbeth. A unique blend of comedy and tragedy, with a spatter of improvisation, GOBLIN:MACBETH is a fresh-blood take on a Shakespearean classic.

Created by Spontaneous Theatre, who brought you Blind Date, and Undercover, this is like no Macbeth you’ve ever seen.

INTERIOR DESIGN (World Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre Production
Written by Rosa Laborde
Directed by Kat Sandler

October 15 – November 10, 2024
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Tarragon commissioned

True friends stab you in the front. – Oscar Wilde

An attempted intervention between a group of girlfriends backfires spectacularly in this new play from award-winning playwright Rosa Laborde (Léo, Light), directed by Tarragon favourite Kat Sandler (Mustard, Yaga), Interior Design is a comedy of messy renovations and even messier truths.

CRAZE (World Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company Co-Production
In Association with Theatre ARTaud
Written by Rouvan Silogix and Rafeh Mahmud
Directed by Mike Payette

November 19 – December 15, 2024
Mainspace

Out of the storm and straight into the inferno.

Two couples shelter from an epic storm for a late-night drinking session where technological mayhem and sexual frivolity may turn into something more… At times surrealist, dangerous, and laugh-out-loud outrageous, Craze is sure to keep you right on the knife’s edge.

THE WOLF IN THE VOICE(World Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre production in association with Nightswimming
Created by Martin Julien & Brian Quirt

February 4 – February 23, 2025
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An exploration of the very first musical instrument…the singer’s voice.

From Nightswimming (These Are The Songs I Sing When I’m Sad, Tarragon Greenhouse Festival) comes a trio about trios. Join Neema Bickersteth, Jane Miller, and Taurian Teelucksingh for an intimate and uplifting evening as they swap stories and songs about their struggles and triumphs as singers, and the mystery of The Wolf in the Voice.
FEAST (Toronto Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre Production
Written by Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Soheil Parsa

April 1 – April 27, 2025
Mainspace

A culinary tour, a global crisis, and yet, still always hungry.  Can one ever be truly full? From celebrated artist Guillermo Verdecchia, Feast is a biting look at a world where some are movers and some are moved, chaos, and how long we can last when your family is falling apart.

Mermaid or siren? Paradise or dystopia? Travel the globe, just don’t forget your loved ones…or your soul.

BENEVOLENCE (World Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre Production
Created and Performed by Kevin Matthew Wong
Directed by Mike Payette

April 8 – May 4, 2025
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Kevin is a theatre creator. Kevin is Hakka (客家)…he thinks. Out of the blue, he gets a phone call asking him to write a play about Hakka identity. For seniors. In Markham.

From creator and performer Kevin Matthew Wong (The Chemical Valley Project) comes a charming and intimate story that transforms into a layered Chinese-Canadian tale spanning continents, migrations, and generations.

AFTER THE RAIN (World Premiere)
A Tarragon Theatre & Musical Stage Company Co-production
Supported by the Bulmash-Siegel Foundation
Written by Rose Napoli & Suzy Wilde
Directed by Marie Farsi

May 27 – June 22, 2025
Mainspace

Tarragon and Musical Stage Company co-commission

Her parents are famous. Her boyfriend is stupid. And Suzie is a mess.

When she accepts a mature piano student obsessed with mastering only one song, Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie No. 1”, struggling songwriter Suzie’s life takes an unforeseen turn. Full of family turmoil, life’s complexities, and centred around a devastating discovery, After the Rain is a musical based on a true story about the healing power of music.

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HOW TO GET TICKETS TO TARRAGON SHOWS:

Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased online at www.tarragontheatre.com, by phone at 416-531-1827 or in person at the Tarragon Theatre Box Office at 30 Bridgman Avenue.

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Tarragon Theatre continues to offer the most flexible subscription packages in the city, allowing patrons to choose their productions and change their dates free of charge, and offering many different price points to suit all schedules and budgets.

2024-25 Earlybird Subscriptions

7-Play, 5-Play and 3-Play subscriptions are currently on sale, with discounted subscriptions for Students and Artsworkers. Early bird Subscriptions are available until June 30, 2024.

ABOUT TARRAGON THEATRE

Tarragon Theatre is a creation and playwrights’ theatre. We seek to create theatre that investigates artistic form, which may incorporate non-traditional practices and methods of storytelling, and may integrate other disciplines such as movement, music or non-text based performance – all toward creating enriching and provocative theatre experiences for the artist and audience. Our philosophy is to create an environment that fosters artistic discourse within the ecology of Canadian theatre, new play development and dramaturgy practice. We open our doors to celebrate and learn from the scope of voices that make up our country and the various artistic practices that resonate within them. To that end, Tarragon is equally a hub for creation and development as it is a production company, with the ultimate goal of creating a meaningful experience for our artists to thrive and bridge their ideas from concept to realization. Mike Payette has been the Artistic Director since September 2021.

For more information visit www.tarragontheatre.com.

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Vanessa Williams & Bebe Neuwirth Announce the 2024 Drama League Award Nominees

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This morning Vanessa Williams and Bebe Neuwirth announced the Drama League announced their  2024 award nominations honoring Broadway and off-Broadway productions for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. Honoring Broadway and Off-Broadway achievements,

Bonnie Comely

President Bonnie Comely was on hand to introduce the two presenters at the official announcement held at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which was streamed live online by BroadwayWorld.com.

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Production of a Play
The Comeuppance
Flex
Grief Hotel
The Hunt
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding
Mother Play
Oh, Mary!
Patriots
Prayer for the French Republic
Stereophonic
Wet Brain

Outstanding Revival of a Play
An Enemy of the People
Appropriate
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Doubt: A Parable
The Effect
Mary Jane
Our Class
Purlie Victorious
Uncle Vanya
The White Chip

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Buena Vista Social Club
Dead Outlaw
Harmony
The Heart of Rock and Roll
Hell’s Kitchen
Illinoise
Lempicka
The Notebook
The Outsiders
Suffs
Teeth
Water for Elephants

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Cabaret
Gutenberg! The Musical
Here Lies Love
I Can Get It For You Wholesale
Merrily We Roll Along
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Who’s Tommy
The Wiz

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Tara Ahmadinejad, Grief Hotel
Daniel Aukin, Stereophonic
Sam Gold, An Enemy of The People
Rupert Goold, The Hunt
Rupert Goold, Patriots
Jamie Lloyd, The Effect
Lila Neugebauer, Appropriate
Lila Neugebauer, Uncle Vanya
Sam Pinkleton, Oh, Mary!
Eric Ting, The Comeuppance
Whitney White, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Saheem Ali, Buena Vista Social Club
Sarah Benson, Teeth
David Cromer, Dead Outlaw
Rebecca Frecknall, Cabaret
Maria Friedman, Merrily We Roll Along
Des McAnuff, The Who’s Tommy
Leigh Silverman, Suffs
Alex Timbers, Gutenberg! The Musical!
Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love

Distinguished Performance
Betsy Aidem, Prayer for the French Republic
Shoshana Bean, Hell’s Kitchen
Gabby Beans, Jonah
Joshua Boone, The Outsiders
Ali Louis Bourzgui, The Who’s Tommy
Steve Carell, Uncle Vanya
Jenn Colella, Suffs
Danny DeVito, I Need That
Caleb Eberhardt, The Comeuppance and An Enemy of the People
Alex Edelman, Just for Us
Cole Escola, Oh, Mary!
Eden Espinosa, The Gardens of Anuncia and Lempicka
Paapa Essiedu, The Effect
Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Etheridge: My Window
Laurence Fishburne, Like They Do in the Movies
Josh Gad, Gutenberg! The Musical!
Eli Gelb, Stereophonic
Brody Grant, The Outsiders
Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Along
Dorian Harewood, The Notebook
Willam Jackson Harper, Primary Trust and Uncle Vanya
Amber Iman, Lempicka
Eddie Izzard, Hamlet
Nikki M. James, Suffs
Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Spamalot
Jessica Lange, Mother Play
Kecia Lewis, Hell’s Kitchen
Nichelle Lewis, The Wiz
Maribel Martinez, Bees and Honey
Rachel McAdams, Mary Jane
Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along
Tobias Menzies, The Hunt
Cynthia Nixon, The Seven Year Disappear
Eva Noblezada, The Great Gatsby
Kelli O’Hara, Days of Wine and Roses
Leslie Odom, Jr., Purlie Victorious, A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch
Patrick Page, All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain
Nicole Ari Parker, The Refuge Plays
Jim Parsons, Mother Play
Sarah Paulson, Appropriate
Sarah Pidgeon, Stereophonic
Aubrey Plaza, Danny and The Deep Blue Sea
Maryann Plunkett, The Notebook
Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Along
Gayle Rankin, Cabaret
Andrew Rannells, Gutenberg! The Musical!
Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love and Oh, Mary!
Corey Stoll, Appropriate
Michael Stuhlbarg, Patriots
Jeremy Strong, An Enemy of the People
Zenzi Williams, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding
Kara Young, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch
Jehan O. Young, The Cotillion

Special Awards
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater – Jonathan Groff
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing – Schele Williams
Contribution to the Theater – Jessica Lange
Gratitude Award – Kandi Burruss

The nominations announcement begins a month of celebrations leading up to the 90th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 West 54th Street, New York City) on Friday, May 17, 2023 at 12:00PM. Tickets and tables to the star-studded luncheon are available for purchase at dramaleague.org/2024-awards or by calling The Drama League event office at 212.625.1025.

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