What Do Critics Think of the New Musical Sousatzka?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of the New Musical Sousatzka?
 
Tony winner Victoria Clark stars in the title role of the Broadway-aimed musical.
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Victoria Clark Cylla von Tiedemann
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Victoria Clark and Montego Glover in Sousatzka A New Musical

Tony Award winner Victoria Clark stars in the Toronto premiere of the new Broadway-aimed musical Sousatzka, based on Bernice Rubens' original novel Madame Sousatzka. The show officially opened March 23 following previews that began February 25 at the Elgin Theatre.

Clark is cast in the title role of the stern Polish piano player and teacher (the part created in the Madame Sousatzka film by Shirley MacLaine, who won a Golden Globe for her performance). The production also features Tony Award winner Judy Kaye as the Countess and Tony nominee Montego Glover as Xholiswa Khenketha. The part of the young student, Themba Khenketha, is played by Jordan Barrow.

The critics are currently filing their reviews. Playbill will continue to update this list as they are published.

The Globe and Mail (J. Kelly Nestruck)

Mooney On Theatre (Wayne Leung)

The Toronto Star (Karen Fricker)

Variety (Carly Maga)

The cast of 47 Canadian and American performers also includes Ryan Allen, Sara Jean Ford, Fuschia!, John Hillner, Virginia Preston, Christianne Tisdale, Nick Wyman, plus ensemble members Jewelle Blackman, Ben Bogen, Karen Burthwright, Mark Cassius, Leroy Church, Janelle Cooper, Réjean Cournoyer, Alvin Crawford, Saccha Dennis, Bernard Dotson, Rebecca Eichenberger, Shiloh Goodin, Kira Guloien, Mary Gutzi, Tevyn Hill, Erin Lamar, Eryn LeCroy, James Levesque, Hailey Lewis, David Lindo-Reid, Monique Lund, Alison McCaughey, Cory O’Brien, Travis Pratt, Mya Puryear, Jack Rennie, Tim Shew, Jamal Shuriah, David Silvestri, Kaden Stephen, Eva Tavares, Tryphena Wade, Charles Wallace, J.D Webster, and Jonathan Winsby.

Performances are scheduled to continue through April 9 at Toronto’s Elgin. Tickets are on sale by visiting ticketmaster.ca. Planning is underway for a fall Broadway premiere at a theatre to be announced.

The production also marks the theatrical return of Garth Drabinsky, who served 18 months in a Canadian jail for fraud connected with the collapse of his production company Livent. The Toronto-based producer had developed the show in a June 7-July 17, 2016 workshop there that featured a number of Broadway veterans, including Clark.

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The creative team Cylla von Tiedemann

Sousatzka features a score by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, whose Broadway credits include Baby and Big as well as the Off-Broadway revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever.

Check out photos from the production below:

The musical has a book by Craig Lucas. It is directed by Adrian Noble, with choreography by Graciela Daniele. Also on the creative team: Tony Award-winning scenic designer Anthony Ward (Mary Stuart), Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazwell (Hamilton), two-time Tony-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley (Hamilton), Olivier Award-winning projection designer Jonathan Driscoll (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Grammy Award-winning sound designer Martin Levan (Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, Cats cast recording), Tony-winning orchestrator Jonathan Tunick (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Titanic), Grammy-winning musical supervisor David Caddick (Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables cast recording), music director Brad Haak (An American in Paris), with additional music and vocal arrangements by Grammy-winning Lebo M. (The Lion King), and additional music arrangements by Grammy-nominated Marius de Vries (the films Moulin Rouge, La La Land).

For more information, visit SousatzkaMusical.com.

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