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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of May 28th

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


 ‘The Jazz Singer’ opens officially this week and it’s the new musical adaptation of the classic story. All musical theatre kids will identify with this one: You want to be on Broadway but your parents have other plans for you… classic! ‘The Jazz Singer’ sees an opening night on Monday May 29th  at the Greenwin Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

It’s a night of Great American Songbook music brought to you by The Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Dancap productions. From Gershwin to Irving Berlin to Al Jolson; look for a talented cast to share that music with you onstage. The Jazz Singer runs through June 18th - for tickets and details.


The talented Canadian duo, The Breithaupt Brothers, continue to be busy. Don and Jeff are powerhouse songwriters and totally comfortable working with pop, jazz, musical theatre and beyond. Don in particular has made headlines of late, producing the new Eleanor McCain album “True North”, and recently releasing and album with his band ‘Monkeyhouse’. And it wasn’t that long ago that the brothers did very well at the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. This weekend, they return home.

‘The Breithaupt Brothers ~ Come Home to Kitchener’ features two ensembles, plus nine vocalists performing the Breithaupt Brothers songbook at The Registry Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Don and Jeff will be on hand to lead an impressive cast of musicians including Joni NehRita, Derek Hines, Mary-Catherine Pazzano, Brenda Lewis, Denise Baker, Rosie Samra, Robin Habermehl, and Jessie Treneer. for tickets and info.


Actress and creator Rebecca Northan's world conquering theatrical experience, ‘Blind Date’, returns to Tarragon beginning Tuesday night. In the show, Rebecca plays Mimi, a lovely French woman wearing a clown nose, out for a date. She’s been stood up, but is still in the mood to meet someone, and decides to pluck a fellow out the audience to enjoy a romantic evening with. From there, a one of a kind blind date unravels before your eyes. It's a theatrical high-wire act that's exhilarating to watch, and with a little luck, highly entertaining.

Mark Wigmore spoke to Rebecca Northan during the May 28th episode of ‘Arts Toronto’ on Jazz FM91.

‘Blind Date’ enjoyed a wildly popular run at Tarragon Theatre during the 2015/2016 season and it returns Tuesday night. And it’s nearly a month of shows, so this time Rebecca has two other actresses working with her, the trio will rotate putting on Mimi’s clown nose. for tickets.


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