Stage Door News
Toronto: Chapter Four of “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” is out plus other Mirvish news
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
In chapter four, Herbie finally catches up with Jack, the missing stage door employee who abandoned his shift and left Herbie to look after the haunted theatre overnight. Jack has some revelations that make Herbie all the more determined to solve the mystery of the real identity and life story of Yvette Lafayette.
The fourth song in the cycle is entitled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” and takes its inspiration from the famous soliloquy Macbeth speaks upon hearing of wife's death. The song is about Sir Michael Kabirian, an acclaimed Shakespearian actor from the 1910s whose ghost is said to reside at the Royal Alex. The performer of the song is Kyle Brown, an exciting new talent who joined the company of Come From Away in March. Kyle’s beautiful voice illuminates Ron Jacobson’s haunting lyrics and Shakespeare’s immortal sonnet about human existence.
Hosts Steffi D and Lisa H catch up with the three finalists and one of the hosts of the TV reality casting show, Over the Rainbow – which aired on CBC in 2012. The prize, of course, was the starring role of Dorothy in the premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
The 12-episode series was not only a popular show across Canada but “discovered” truly exciting new talent, most of whom have gone on to illustrious careers.
Thom Allison, an acclaimed musical theatre actor, was one of the three judges. He has just finished starring in the new hit musical, The Louder We Get, in Calgary.
Danielle Wade was the winner went on to star as Dorothy in Toronto and on tour across North America. She is now a Broadway star. Stephanie La Rochelle, who came in second, went on to star in Dear Evan Hansen at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. A.J. Bridel, the third-place winner, starred in Kinky Boots, also at the Royal Alex.
It’s been five months since Toronto’s Come From Away has been on hiatus while we battle Covid-19. The cast reunited on Zoom to sing the rousing opening song from the show, “Welcome to the Rock.”
Fan Art Takes Over Mirvish Marquees
A call went out to theatregoers to create art inspired by their favourite shows. From hundreds of submissions, five were chosen as the best. These winning designs will be showcased on the LED screens of the marquees at the Princess of Wales and the Ed Mirvish theatres.