Pasek and Paul's Edges: A Song Cycle Opens in Toronto; Extension Announced

News   Pasek and Paul's Edges: A Song Cycle Opens in Toronto; Extension Announced Acting Up Stage Theatre Company opens the Toronto premiere of Edges: A Song Cycle, the musical revue by young American songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Oct. 27.

The show, on a Sunday and Monday schedule, began performances Oct. 20. Four performances have been added to the run, which was to end Nov. 10. Added shows are Nov. 16-17 and 23-24.

Edges plays Revival Bar in Little Italy in Toronto. Artistic producer Mitchell Marcus told Playbill.com he's worked out a special arrangement with Actors' Equity for a schedule of two performances a week, to help create the feel of a special event. He called it grassroots "cocktail theatre," in a casual setting where patrons — twenty- to thirty-somethings, in particular — can listen to the songs and have glass of beer or wine.

Edges features Jordan Bell (Stratford Festival), Eric Craig (Stage West's Beauty and the Beast), Gabi Epstein (National Ballet's West Side Story suite) and Sara Farb (Mirvish's Jane Eyre). Evan Tsitsias directs and Reza Jacobs musical directs.

Edges, seen in university, pub and regional theatre settings in the U.S., is billed as "a fresh and hilarious rock song cycle about the trials and tribulations of moving into adulthood and the search for love, commitment and meaning. Edges explores contemporary life from first jobs, to first loves, to first Facebook friends. It's funny, poignant, and deliciously honest with an irresistible contemporary rock/pop score by the winners of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award for songwriting."

The composers are currently writing for Disney Channel's "Johnny and the Sprites" and have a number of projects for stage and screen in development. Edges had a three-performance concert in Toronto in 2007 and, due to popular demand, Acting Up Stage picked it up with additional material for a full production, reviving the "licensed cabaret theatre" genre that was ubiquitous in the 1970s in Toronto, according to the producer.

Acting Up Stage Theatre Company is a theatre company in Toronto "dedicated to producing intimate musical theatre productions, while cultivating a new generation of audiences through thought-provoking, contemporary works." The company previously produced the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick…BOOM! in 2005, the Toronto premiere of john & jen in 2006, and the critically acclaimed Dora-nominated productions of Elegies: A Song Cycle and A Man of No Importance.

Performances play Sunday at 7 PM and Monday at 8 PM. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and artsworkers.

Revival Bar is located at 783 College Street in Toronto, Ontario. For more information visit www.edgestoronto.com or www.youtube.com/actingupstage.

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