Tag: stage

The making of Ragtime the musical

Last week in Toronto (1996), arts journalists were given an exclusive first peek at four stage numbers from Ragtime, the musical-in-progress that Livent Inc. is developing from the best-selling 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow. Given that the show isn’t set to open at North York’s Ford Center until next January, the pieces seemed surprisingly polished.…

Hath a Jew not . . .

The excellent production of The Merchant of Venice, now in performance at the Stratford Festival, does not diminish the fact that this is one of Shakespeare’s more problematic and star-crossed plays. The most important thing to bear in mind when seeing this play is that Shakespeare had likely never seen a Jew when he wrote…

An Israeli actor prepares

Israeli actor Amitai Kedar visited family in Toronto last week before beginning an 11-week North American road tour of the popular Gershwin musical My One and Only, in which he plays a Russian impresario, Prince Nikolai. Born in Toronto in 1969, Kedar grew up in Israel where he graduated from Tel Aviv University’s School of…