Monthly Archives: November 2017

Emm Gryner singer, songwriter

Episode 80, Nov. 21, 2017

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Emm Gryner has found the sweet spot between being an independent artist and raising a family.

In her early 20s Gryner had a hit song on the radio, toured with David Bowie and then transitioned to a successful career as an independent artist.

Her songwriting has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to her radio hit, with Gyner detailing the difference between writing a hit for radio and writing to explore her own feelings.

Gryner was also the driving force behind Chris Hadfield’s recording of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” in outer space, while he was the commander of the International Space Station. 

Recently Gryner ventured into the world of musical theatre performing in “Joni Mitchell: River” with Louise Pitre and Brendan Wall. The challenges of musical theatre were new for Gryner who was more accustomed to performing in concerts. But Gryner explains the inspiration she drew from Greg Lowe, who went on to play on Gryner’s upcoming album. .

As well as touring to support her own work Gryner, is also the founder of the popular folk act “Trent Severn.”

Watch for Gryner’s upcoming project “Only of Earth,” an 80′s synth-pop and 70′s classic rock-infused album.

Show Notes.
Upcoming dates:
Nov. 23, Forest, On. – Kineto Theatre
Nov. 25, St.Marys, On. – St Marys Town Hall
Nov. 30, Sarnia On. – Imperial Theatre w Rant Maggie Rant + Sarnia Irish School of Dance
Dec. 02, London On. – Grand Theatre (McManus Studio)
Show times and tickets at Emm Gryner’s website
Emm Gryner on Twitter
Video: Emm Gryner and Joe Sumner celebrate David Bowie at Terminal 5 in New York

Cyrus Lane, actor

Episode 79, Nov. 14. 2017

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Cyrus Lane has appeared in many productions with the Stratford Festival, Outside the March, and CBC TV’s Murdoch Mysteries. He’s currently rehearsing for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Ross Petty’s “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!” at the Elgin theatre in Toronto.

At this year’s Stratford Festival he appeared in “Timon of Athens,” “The Changeling” and “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” all of which received consistently glowing reviews.

But it was his work in last year’s “Macbeth” that bodes well for his role as Scrooge in Petty’s perennially popular pantomime. Scroll down for your chance to win a family pack of 4 tickets to see “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!”

Lane, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In our podcast Lane discusses his work as an understudy to Ian Lake’s Macbeth. Lane was given very short notice before he took on the role at Stratford’s legendary festival stage. He played the role for two weeks and describes the role of Macbeth as being “the loneliest part ever written.”

Show Notes
Cyrus Lane on Twitter
Interview with Joanne O’Sullivan
Tickets and details for “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!”
Tickets and details for “Bunny” at Tarragon Theatre

Win tickets to see A Christmas Carol

Randy Lennox President Bell Media, Producer Bat Out of Hell

Episode 78, Nov. 8. 2017

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Randy Lennox speaks about producing Jim Steinman’s stage musical “Bat Out of Hell.”

Lennox is the President of Bell Media and the man who orchestrated a new multiproject partnership to develop theatrical productions with Michael Cohl’s Iconic Entertainment Studios (“Spamalot,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” “Rock of Ages: The Musical”). “Bat Out of Hell,” their first project to hit the stage, premiered in Manchester, England, in February 2017.

Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media.

Previously Lennox was the CEO of Universal Music Canada, the country’s largest record label, where he signed and championed internationally renowned Canadian artists.

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Bat Out of Hell. Photo by Specular

Lennox’s interest in “Bat Out of Hell” goes back to the 1970s when he first saw Steinman’s anthemic rock songs performaed live at the El Macambo, in Toronto.

Cohl was the producer of that event and went on to produces live arena shows, global concert tours, theatrical performances, and touring exhibitions.

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Bat Out of Hell. Photo by Specular

“Bat Outta Hell” is unlike anything that has come before it and during the podcast Lennox addresses the financial risks, and rewards, associated with producing such an extravaganza. For example, it was in part due to the United Kingdom’s V.A.T. rebate, encouraging development of the cultural industries, that the show launched in Manchester.

We also discuss the creative process. As a titan of the entertainment industry, working with multiple Grammy and Juno award winners throughout his career, Lennox says that although he is fiscally savvy “the song always came first.”

The show features two new songs from Steinman and when Lennox saw the play for the first time he says that one of the new compositions “What Part of My Body Hurt the Most” was “the best song of the entire night.”

As well as aspirations of a Broadway run and touring companies, Lennox envisions a “television version in some form, either live or created.”

A television event would certainly bring the work to a vast audience but there is no doubt that “Bat Out of Hell” is a must-see, sensational theatrical experience. Steinman’s anthemic rock songs form the foundation of a thrilling show that transports audiences to another world courtesy director, and multimedia pioneer, Jay Scheib’s use of musical theatre and opera traditions layered with alluring, multi-camera video projections.

Show Notes:
For more details on the show visit: http://batoutofhellmusical.com/
For Toronto tickets visit: https://www.mirvish.com/shows/bat-out-of-hell
Follow Bat Outta Hell on Twitter: @BatTheMusical