Colm Wilkinson, Louise Pitre and New Musical Amelia Will Be Heard in Toronto Concert Series

By Kenneth Jones
12 Apr 2011

Louise Pitre
Louise Pitre
Photo by David Leyes

Theatre 20, a new musical theatre company in Toronto, will offer a three-concert series at the Panasonic Theatre in 2011, featuring stage stars Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), Colm Wilkinson (Les Miserables and Toronto's Phantom of the Opera) and Ma-Anne Dionisio (Toronto's Miss Saigon), among others.

Theatre 20, according to its organizers, is "an artist-led, story-driven company with a focus on developing and presenting original Canadian musicals as well as re-imagining existing repertoire from both the national and international canons."

The not-for-profit Theatre 20's 2011 Concert Series reflects a three-part mandate of musical theatre celebration, education and development.

The concert series includes:



The Story Begins: Celebrating Songs From Story-Driven Musicals
May 9 at 8 PM
Directed by Tracey Flye
Panasonic Theatre

"Join Theatre 20 as it celebrates inspiring, insightful and entertaining music from the musical theatre repertoire in its very first concert. Featuring performances by Theatre 20 Founding Artists Colm Wilkinson, Louise Pitre, Tamara Bernier Evans, Eliza-Jane Scott and Carly Street with Joe Matheson, Sterling Jarvis, Jeff Madden, Gavin Hope, Sharron Matthews, George Masswohl, Kevin Dennis, Adrienne Dennis, Robyn Hutton and Jake Epstein."

Driven to Score: Celebrating Canadian Musical Composers
June 20 at 8 PM
Directed by Alisa Palmer
Panasonic Theatre

"Join three versatile and prolific Canadian musical composers — Leslie Arden, Jonathan Monro and David Warrack — with celebrated Canadian author and host Ann-Marie MacDonald on a journey through character, story and emotion in Theatre 20's second concert. Featuring performances by Theatre 20 Founding Artists Louise Pitre, Ma-Anne Dionisio and David Keeley with Alana Bridgewater, Sterling Jarvis and Yvan Pednault."

Musicals That Fly: Amelia in Concert
Oct. 3 at 8 PM
Directed by Sarah Phillips
Panasonic Theatre

"Theatre 20 presents Amelia, the story of the meteoric rise and mysterious disappearance of the legendary pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart who rose to unimaginable heights, both literally and figuratively. Starring Theatre 20 Founding Artist Eliza-Jane Scott, this story-driven Canadian musical by John Gray (Billy Bishop Goes to War, Rock and Roll) is the heart of Theatre 20's third concert."

Tickets for the concert series are now on sale at the Panasonic box office, via TicketKing.com or at (416) 872-1212.

Panasonic Theatre is at 651 Yonge Street (just south of Bloor) in Toronto, Ontario.

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Theatre 20's management team is made up of artistic director Adam Brazier, artistic producer Tamara Bernier Evans, general manager Rosie Shaw and associate producer Michael Rubinstein.

Founding artists include Evan Buliung, Brent Carver, Dan Chameroy, Juan Chioran, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Susan Gilmour, Trish Lindström, David Keeley, Nora McLellan, Louise Pitre, Eliza-Jane Scott, Carly Street, Steven Sutcliffe and Colm Wilkinson.

Visit theatre20.com.