Tag Archives: Musical Theatre

Steffi DiDomenicantonio: Actress, singer

Steffi DiDomenicantonio is currently performing in the Toronto production of “Come From Away.”

At the age of 29 she’s achieved great things and I know her career is just beginning.

Although Steffi rose to national prominence as a finalist in the 2006 season of “Canadian Idol,” she’s been a musical theatre performer for most of her life.

In our conversation, Steffi explains the secret to her success and how a vision board helped her focus on a dream gig performing in the first Broadway national tour of “Spring Awakening.”

She has a great story about her “Come From Away” audition.

We also talk about her television work on “Crawford” with Mike Clattenburg, best known as a creator, writer and director of the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys.”

SHOW NOTES
Follow Steffi on Social Media
Instagram: @SteffiD5
Twitter: @SteffiD3
YouTube: YouTube.com/SteffiD5
Vimeo: Vimeo.com/SteffiD
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/steffi-didomenicantonio

Watch Crawford season 1: http://www.cbc.ca/crawford/

Come From Away
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto
Toronto
Click for details and tickets
1-800-461-3333

Murray Foster: musician, songwriter


Murray is best known for his work as bassist in the Canadian bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea. In 2014, he directed the Independent Film, “The Cocksure Lads Movie” which is now being developed into a musical “Chelsea Sunrise” with the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College.

You’ll hear how he wrote the songs for the play and why he never received the investment he was offered when he appeared on the TV show “Dragon’s Den.”

SHOW NOTES
Murray’s Website: http://www.murrayfoster.ca/
Chelsea Sunrise at the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College.
Murray on Twitter
Murray on Facebook

“The Secret Life of The American Musical” on Amazon.


Emm Gryner, singer, songwriter

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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 writing has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to a radio hit for Gryner. We also explore the difference between writing a “hit” for radio and writing to explore one’s personal feelings.

Gryner was 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.
Emm Gryner’s website
Emm Gryner on Twitter
Video: Emm Gryner and Joe Sumner celebrate David Bowie at Terminal 5 in New York