Producer, actor: Ross Petty

Episode 61 - Nov. 10

Ross Petty

Ross Petty grew up in Winnipeg but was soon performing in London, Paris and New York.

His career includes performances at London’s West End and the legendary Lido Cabaret in Paris.

In the U.S. and Canada Ross played the title role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” directed by Hal Prince.

Ross made his Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit’s “Wings,” co-starred with Ginger Rogers and Sid Caesar in a national tour of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” and created the role of Eddie Dorrance on TV”s “All My Children.”

He lives in Toronto with his wife Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

For the past 20 years Ross has been producing family musicals in the tradition of the British pantomime.

Ross is one of Canada’s most successful and enduring theatrical impresarios.

If you’ve ever produced a show you’ll want to listen because Ross talks about how he went from being an actor in the show to taking over as producer, getting sponsors, hiring writers, actors, and being the driving force behind one of Canada’s most successful, ongoing theatrical events. He also mentions the steps he took to create financial stability after losing a lot of money on a production.

As well as doing all that for 20 years Ross stared in the shows, often wearing a dress.

Ross in Drag 2

Ross Petty

Ross Petty

Ross Petty
Bertha Von Botox (2008)

This year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” marks the first time in 20 years Ross won’t be acting in the show.

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Hilary Farr and Ross Petty

Hilary Farr, from HGTV’s “Love It or List” is playing the evil match to AJ Bridel’s Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty is Perfect Family Fun.

Where else can the kids and you see top talent like A.J. Bridel, who just delivered a show-stopping performance in “Kinky Boots,” cutting loose in a theatre where the actors encourage the kids to yell at them with clever comebacks?

Even my 10 year old boy, who secretly watches “The Next Step,” on The Family Channel is enthralled by the opportunity to see “The Next Step’s” Alexandra Beaton and Taveeta Szymanowicz, who are part of the cast, dancing in the aisles.

Taveeta Szymanowicz, ross petty, elgin theatre

Taveeta Szymanowicz

Details Details
Sleeping Beauty
Starring A. J. Bridle, Eddie Glen and Hilary Farr.
Nov. 25 – Jan. 7
The Elgin Theatre 189 Yonge St. Toronto
Tickest start at $27
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