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Producer, actor: Ross Petty

Episode 61 - Nov. 10

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

His career includes performing 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.

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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.

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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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Susan Gilmour: Singer, actress

Episode 59 - Oct. 24

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Susan Gilmour is an internationally acclaimed singer and actress.

She is currently performing in “Footloose” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, On. and will be appearing there again from Nov. 23 – Dec. 24 in “Sister Act.”

She’s best know for playing Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Susan also played Fantine in the Los Angeles production, where she was nominated for the Robby Award “Best Supporting Actress,” and she performed with the international Touring Company in Singapore, Cape Town South Africa, Hong Kong and Seoul Korea.

In the podcast we discuss the time, early in her career, Susan lost a job as a cruise ship entertainer, listen and find out why she was kicked off the ship.

Despite the cruise ship experience, Susan’s passion for singing pop music provided a foundation for her success in musical theatre along with her training at Grant MacEwan College, the Edmonton Musical Theatre and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

We also discuss her work at The Stratford Festival with director Peter Hinton.

Show Notes

Susan Gilmour’s website
“Footloose” runs until Oct. 30.
“Sister Act” runs from Nov 23 – Dec 24.
MacEwan University – Theatre Arts
Edmonton Muiscal Theatre
Citadel Theatre
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Special thanks to The Bruce Hotel where we recorded our conversation.
The Bruce is Stratford’s most luxurious hotel, offering unparalleled service.own-backyard-stratford-festival-4

Kat Edmonson: Singer, Songwriter

Episode 24- October 10, 2014

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Kat Edmonson is a singer songwriter from Texas.

Her third album “The Big Picture” was just released and I spoke to Kat about her writing process.

She says she uses a variety of techniques including singing voicemails to herself, writing on receipts and endlessly researching the origin of words. She also told me that she finds it tough to write in a quiet room, preferring to be around busy people & sounds, which help her focus.

Kat used the crowd funding website Kickstarter to raise $54,000 to produce her second album, “Way Down Low.”

“Way Down Low” is one of my all-time favourites and when I first heard that Kat agreed to do my podcast I was over the moon. How often does anyone get to talk to someone who has created something so meaningful to their lives? That album of hers has coaxed tears from my eyes and helped me to discover joy in places I thought were desolate.

I was anxious.

So I was a bit anxious about meeting her.

Naturally Kat was a charming and willing participant in the interview, immediately putting me at ease.
Kat’s grace and calmness belie the complex path to her achievements, and in speaking with her it became clear that she’s destined to do even greater things.

In the podcast we discuss several songs, I’ve included them all in this Spotify playlist. Consider listening to the playlist prior to listening to the interview. You must have a Spotify account to listen.

Here’s the video to Kat’s song “Rainy Day Woman.”

Links from the podcast
Kat Edmonson.com
Jazz FM 91