Blame Canada!, an evening spotlighting Canadian musical theatre, celebrates the launch of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC) March 17 at 54 Below.
Founded by Landon Braverman and Joseph Trefler, the CMTWC is a new national organization devoted to "supporting and promoting the work of Canadian musical theatre writers both at home and abroad."
The 9:30 PM concert features a host of Canadian Broadway talent, including Melissa O'Neil (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Ryan Silverman (Passion, Chicago), Aaron Walpole (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie & Clyde, Big River), Camille Eanga-Selenge (The Book of Mormon), Danielle Wade (The Wizard of Oz), Alexandra Frohlinger (Soul Doctor, West Side Story national tour), Timothy J. Alex (Motown, Elf), Sam Strasfeld (Annie, Scandalous), Keely Hutton (Stratford Festival's Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof), Evan Smith (Dancap Production's Toxic Avenger, Shaw Festival's Ragtime), Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Lion King), Eric Coles (Rock of Ages, Mary Poppins national tour) and Jenny Weisz (Theory of Relativity).
Blame Canada! also features a special performance by 2013 Kleban Prize winner Daniel Maté.
The concert, featuring music direction by Rick Fox (Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent), includes songs by established and emerging Canadian musical theatre writers, including Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, Ted Dykstra, Leslie Arden, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Jonathan Monro, Jim Betts, Veda Hille and Bill Richardson, Maté, Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, Nicky Phillips and Robert Gontier, Naomi Matlow and Avi Amon, Landon Braverman and Derek P. Hassler, Joseph Trefler and Jonathan Pearson, and Adam Sakiyama.
Blame Canada! is produced in partnership with The Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College and Michael Rubinoff.
54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street. There is a $25-$35 cover charge plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54Below.com.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You