The HAROLD GREEN JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY, David Eisner and Avery Saltzman, co-Artistic Directors, present the world premiere of a new musical revue, TO LIFE, at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
TO LIFE runs May 13-29, with opening night on Tuesday, May 17.
Conceived by Avery Saltzman and Tim French, TO LIFE is a joyous celebration of the Jewish life cycle: from birth to bar mitzvah and from marriage to death, told through songs of the Jewish musical theatre canon. The first act of TO LIFE celebrates four iconic Jewish performers - Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Sophie Tucker. The second act "raises a glass to life" and features songs culled from the large repertoire of Jewish-themed musicals, including Fiddler on the Roof, The Rothschilds, Funny Girl, Falsetto's, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, The Grand Tour and Cabaret.
TO LIFE stars a quartet of Canada's best musical theatre talent. Patrick Cook has appeared in The Sound of Music, and Annie Get Your Gun with Louise Pitre. Gabi Epstein, one of Toronto's leading young solo cabaret performers, recently released her debut CD, Show Off. Dora Award-winning Charlotte Moore, a veteran musical theatre performer herself, hails from Canada's first family of the theatre. Shawn Wright, celebrated for his performance as "Bob Crewe" in the long-running Jersey Boys, most recently appeared in Side by Side by Sondheim at the Grand Theatre.
Known as one of Canada's most versatile character actors, director Avery Saltzman has been acting professionally for over 30 years. He has performed around the world and in every major venue across Canada, in such memorable shows as: Guys and Dolls; You Don't Have To Be Jewish co-starring Jamie Farr; Hairspray; Into the Woods (Dora nomination); Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond; and Sunset Boulevard with Diahann Carroll in Toronto, and with Petula Clark in the US National Tour.
Most recently, Tim French choreographed The Fantasticks and A Christmas Carol for Soulpepper Theatre. Other credits include: [title of show], Altar Boyz; Dreamgirls, Evita, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Gypsy; Cabaret, A Little Night Music, Guys and Dolls, Camelot, Lady Be Good, and The Music Man.
Musical Director and Arranger Mark Camilleri's many theatre credits include Music Director for The Toxic Avenger, Cinderella, Menopause Out Loud, and High School Musical and Associate Musical Director for both Mamma Mia and Dirty Dancing.
Founded in 2006, the HAROLD GREEN JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY is Toronto's only professional theatre company established to celebrate, illuminate and share Jewish culture.
27 Front Street East, Toronto, ON
For group rates, call 416.932.9995 X224