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Writers Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away

Episode 67 March 29, 2017

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Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the co-writers of the hit Broadway show “Come From Away,” are my guests on this podcast.

Irene and David, went from producing a playful musical at the Toronto Fringe Festival to creating “Come From Away.”

Their Fringe show, “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” attracted the attention of producer David Mirvish who brought it from the Fringe to a larger theatre.

Mirvish also discovered “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Toronto Fringe, so the pressure for “Wiccan Wedding” to succeed was high. Things went well with that production and soon they were working on “Come From Away.”

“Come From Away” is a musical set in the town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the week following the September 11 attacks, when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town.

The people of Gander opened their homes and their hearts to the thousands of travelers, from all over the world, who were stranded.

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In the podcast Irene and David explain how their creative process began with a trip to Gander, Newfoundland to interview the town’s people and collect true stories that became the foundation for the musical.

They explain the development process, that included meaningful workshops with theatre students at The Canadian Music Theatre Project, at Sheridan College, and Goodspeed Musicals a non-profit organization dedicated to musical theater based in Connecticut.

The students at both locations worked on the script and Irene & David discuss how significant this process was to shaping the show.

 

In the podcast we talk about the sweet spot between David’s love of folk music and Irene’s love of Broadway musicals.

This intersection is reflected in NPR’s “First Listen” review of the “Come From Away Original Broadway Cast Recording:”
“While the rock influences (or at least the Broadway-rock influences) of “Come From Away” make it feel firmly like a modern piece, there is an echo in the story of classic American musical theater – specifically, “Brigadoon.”

Click for the “Come From Away,” Original Broadway Cast Recording

Come From Away original cast recording

On opening night Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau attended the show and met with Irene and David.

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Click the arrow near the top of this page, or this iTunes link, to listen to this podcast about “Come From Away.”

Show Notes
Irene Sankoff and David Hein on Twitter.
Come From Away’s website for tickets, vdieos, etc.
Come From Away on Twitter.
Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program.
Goodspeed Musicals.
Washington Post article mentioning Trump’s decision not to attend opening night.
The Grand Theatre Gala with special guest Michael Rubinoff.
Review of “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding” at the Toronto Fringe.
About Mirvish Productions
The Toronto Fringe.
Irene and David “A Love Story Times Two” by J. Kelly Nestruck.
“Come From Away” Original Broadway Cast Recording.

Naomi Snieckus: Improviser, actress

Episode 60 - Oct. 31

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Naomi Snieckus podcast interview
Naomi Snieckus

Naomi went from dreaming about doing the works of Shakespeare and Shaw to abandoning the theatre classics for The Second City.

These days you might recognize Naomi from her role in the hit comedy TV show “Mr.D” where she plays Bobbi the gym teacher.

And in the theatre and comedy community she’s well respected as a founding member, and performer, in the National Theatre of the World.

Show Notes
National Theatre of the World
The Second City Toronto
Theatre Passe Muraille
Mr. D
Shut the Front Door Improv
iO West Theater

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Rebecca Northan: Improviser, actor, director

Episode 56 - July 14, 2016

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Rebecca is an innovative artists and a creative entrepreneur.

I interviewed Rebecca after a performance of her show “Blind Date,” an improvisational performance unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Rebecca is truly a theatre innovator.

Rebecca recently won a Dora Mavor Moore award for her performance in “Blind Date” and her other show, “Legend Has It,” was nominated for a Betty Michell Award in Calgary in the category of Best Ensemble.

We talk about how Rebecca’s 10 minute theatre experiment turned into a full-length show that played off-Broadway and London’s West End.

Blind Date is on stage at the Tarragon Theatre until June 25.

Show Notes:
Rebecca Northan on Twitter
Loose Moose Theatre Company
An Undiscovered Shakespeare at The Stratford Festival
Kevin McCollum’s theatrical and media producing company Alchemation
The Dora Mavor Mooore Awards
The Betty Mitchell Awards
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