Broadway north: the dream of a Canadian musical theatre by Mel Atkey

By Mel Atkey

Were you aware that the assumption at the back of the Radio urban track corridor Rockettes was once first attempted out in Toronto? That Canada produced the world's longest-running annual revue? Few humans detect the Canadian affects which are on the center of yankee and British culture.Author Mel Atkey's study for Broadway North incorporated interviews with Norman and Elaine Campbell and Don Harron, creators of Anne of eco-friendly Gables-The Musical; Mavor Moore, founding father of the Charlottetown competition and of Spring Thaw; John grey, writer of Billy Bishop is going to conflict; Ray Jessel and Marian Grudeff, Spring Thaw writers who had luck on Broadway with Baker road; Dolores Claman, composer of the Hockey evening In Canada subject, who additionally wrote the musicals Mr. Scrooge and Timber!!; and Galt MacDermot, the composer of Hair who began writing songs for the McGill collage revue My Fur woman. incorporated is the outstanding luck of The Drowsy Chaperone. Atkey additionally attracts on his personal event as a author and composer of musicals, and tells the tale of why a convey that are meant to have starred James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) did not happen.Composer, lyricist and writer, Mel Atkey is at the moment established within the U.K. pleased with his Canadian cultural roots, he has lengthy been fascinated about the proposal of a particular Canadian musical theatre.

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Broadway north: the dream of a Canadian musical theatre

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American popular music was born in the common ground that lay between Klezmer and jazz. Gershwin's music so dominated the stages, clubs and the song-pluggers of Tin Pan Alley that the sound still rings from its bricks and mortar. Jazz and Klezmer collided with European light opera to form his unique style. Across an ocean, Kurt Weill combined many of the same elements, but with a markedly Teutonic result They in turn have re-entered the mix to influence others. After seeing Fantasia 2000,1 tried to think of how Canada c^tfld be represented in this kind of shorthand* The muMe of Robert Parnon ivith the cartoons of Ben Wickst* Everybody knows Farnorfs "Jumping Bean/1 yet few associate it with Toronto—not because it doefott ftsfieet the city, but because the PR machine wa$tft in place to make tHe world see the link.

Richard Nash's play The Rainmaker into 110 in the Shade, their rural Texas backgrounds gave the show an authenticity not found in Oklahoma! ) Do we even know what is authentically Canadian? d. lang says, "The landscape, sparse population, long winters and proximity to nature all contribute to a very introspective, melancholic (and I use that word not in a negative sense) tond of spiritualism—they contribute to an openness and humility/34 Whet* you walk through the Mpr Heavily gentrified Yorkville district-^Toronto, t&e site of the 1960s FOLKCLUBS that gave rise to Gordon Ogfatfeot> Ian and Sylvia Tpoii^J0ai Mitdiell and Neil Young, it's not

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