Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and since then has been lucky enough to be involved in various theatre activities and productions, including a regional production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a local production of Where the Sidewalk Ends. She has also received training from various teachers throughout Southwestern Ontario in both piano and voice, and competed in vocal competitions for which she received a few awards. Her writing career started almost by accident, when she had the opportunity to become a ghostwriter for up and coming businesses. She continues to do this, writing the content for all sorts of companies who are starting websites and looking to find their voice.
Her passion and love for theatre led to her becoming involved with BroadwayWorld where she is thrilled to be writing for the Toronto contingent of the rapidly growing website. When she isn't at the theatre, you can generally find her firmly planted in front of her trusty Blackberry - tweeting, Facebooking or partaking in other such social media activities to ensure that those who want to know are kept apprised of everything that Toronto theatre has to offer. Other interests include movies, art, music, shopping, fashion and martial arts with the occasional foray into the world of finance.
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BWW Interviews: Tony LePage on New Air Supply Musical LOST IN LOVE
June 16, 2013
Musical Theatre and 80s rock are about to collide once again as a new project gets off the ground this Tuesday in New York City. Lost in Love is a modern day retelling of Shakespeare's classic Midsummer's Night's Dream set to the music of Air Supply and starring Constantine Maroulis and Kate Rockwell. Featuring sixteen Air Supply songs and new Music and Lyrics by Graham Russell, the show is an attempt to merge two mediums and introduce a new audience to the joy of live musical theatre. BWW spoke with Tony LePage (who is co-writing the book with Justin Matthew Sargent) on the project and how he balances it with starring in Rock of Ages.
Photo Coverage: Everything is Beautiful at the MAD HOT BALLET
June 15, 2013
The National Ballet of Canada's annual gala fundraiser took place this past Wednesday, raising $1 million for the company. Hosted by the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi, the Carmen inspired evening entitled MAD HOT BALLET brought together some of Toronto's best dressed arts lovers and proved to be a magical evening. BWW was on hand to bring readers photos from the incredible night.
Summer Stages: Toronto's Summer Theatre Offerings
June 14, 2013
Summer in Toronto offers an exciting range of theatrical productions, festivals and events to keep people from all avenues of life entertained. Outside of the city we have the world renowned Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and within Toronto we are blessed with a wide range of summer festivals showcasing theatre, music, art and food. This is in addition to all the wonderful productions we are accustomed to year round.
BWW Interviews: Steffi Didomenicantonio Tackles Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL
June 12, 2013
Clearwater Theatre's production of Next to Normal received rave reviews last year and is back again at Tarragon Theatre for a limited run this week. The Tony and Pulitizer Prize winning show tells the story of a family struggling to cope with issues surrounding mental illness, and packs a hefty emotional wallop. With some fantastic tunes and a heartfelt story, this is an eye opening musical likely to make you laugh and cry. Joining the cast this time around are Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Marty Burt and David Coomber. Today BWW is speaking with Steffi D about her experience playing Natalie, meeting Alice Ripley and more.
BWW Interviews: David Coomber Chats Clearwater Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL
June 12, 2013
Clearwater Theatre's production of Next to Normal received rave reviews last year and is back again at Tarragon Theatre for a limited run this week. The Tony and Pulitizer Prize winning show tells the story of a family struggling to cope with issues surrounding mental illness, and packs a hefty emotional wallop. With some fantastic tunes and a heartfelt story, this is an eye opening musical likely to make you laugh and cry. Joining the cast this time around are Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Marty Burt and David Coomber. BWW sat down and spoke with David about the challenges associated with joining a 'remount' production, and about how he handles the sensitive nature of the material.
BWW Reviews: The Script Tease Project
June 10, 2013
The National Theatre of the World is kicking off their first year as Soulpepper Artists in Residence with THE SCRIPT TEASE PROJECT, a week long engagement where they improv plays based on the first two pages of scripts written by famous playwrights. Made up of Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, The National Theatre of the World delights with their unique blend of improv, comedy and theatre coupled with current events and first rate audience engagement.
Photo Coverage and Interview: John Malkovich Takes on Casanova in THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS
June 8, 2013
John Malkovich brings his latest theatrical venture to Toronto this weekend as he takes on the role of Casanova in THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS. BWW was on hand this past Thursday as he posed for pictures and answered questions about taking on this iconic role.
BWW Reviews: TOMMY's Talented Cast Rocks the Stratford Festival
June 2, 2013
The Stratford Festival's production of TOMMY was arguably one of the most highly anticipated shows of this season. It marks Des McAnuff's return to the festival and to the 'rock musical' genre, and also marks the twentieth anniversary of the original production. With a cast of some of Canada's best and brightest, the show promised to blow the roof off the Avon Theatre and wow the audience with new sights and sounds.
BWW Reviews: Stratford's ROMEO AND JULIET Goes Back to Basics
May 28, 2013
The Stratford Festival kicked off it's 61st season with a 'original principles' version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, starring Daniel Briere and Sara Topham and directed by Tim Carroll. BWW was on hand to review the first show of the season.
2013 Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards Announced - TERMINUS and More!
May 23, 2013
TERMINUS wins big at this year's Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards, which were announced today (awards to be given out at a later date). The awards are determined by Toronto critics who represent five of the city's newspapers: The Globe and Mail (J. Kelly Nestruck); The Grid (Martin Morrow); NOW (Glenn Sumi); The National Post (Robert Cushman); and the Toronto Star (Richard Ouzounian).
BWW Interviews: Randy Graff to Present Master Class in Toronto
May 20, 2013
Randy Graff, who originated the role of Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway, is coming to Toronto to conduct an exciting master class this December. Known for her story-telling through song, Randy will focus on teaching that unique ability to her students. She sat down with BWW to talk about her career, the benefits of the master class and her Les Miserables experience.
BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON
May 5, 2013
The Book of Mormon opened in Toronto last Thursday, kicking off a sold-out six week run at The Princess of Wales Theatre. Arguably the most hyped show of the year, Toronto audiences have been clamouring to get tickets to this Tony Award Winning production. BWW was on hand opening night to see if the show does in fact live up to the hype, and we are happy to report that the Mormons are indeed a crowd pleasing bunch.
Photo Coverage: William Finn Q&A at Acting Up Stage's FALSETTOS
April 28, 2013
Acting Up Stage opened their newest production this past Thursday, a new version of Falsettos that is being produced with The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. The show was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1992, and took home the prize for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. On Friday night, writer William Finn joined Toronto Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian for a special post-performance Q&A, where the two discussed the evolution of Falsettos as well as Finn's life and other works. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers photos from the event.
BWW Interviews: The Women of Falsettos
April 25, 2013
Falsettos is a Tony Award winning musical which explores complicated issues surrounding family and love amidst the backdrop of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. It is the latest offering in Acting Up Stage's exciting season, and opens tonight at Daniel's Spectrum (formerly the Regent Park Arts Centre).
BWW sat down and spoke with the three ladies of the production, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Glynis Ranney and Sarah Gibbons about what the experience has been like so far, and about how relevant they feel the material is today:
STAGE TUBE: HIT THAT JIVE JACK
April 15, 2013
Toronto's own Kelly Holiff is doing a very special fundraiser at the end of April called 'Hit That Jive Jack', which benefits The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Kelly is a Toronto based performance who has had leading roles in RENT, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast and more. She is headlining this concert which will feature vocal classics in a wide variety of styles and highlight some very special guests which showcase the best of the best of Canadian musical theatre talent. This very special event will take place on April 28th at the Capital Event Theatre, and BWW is thrilled to bring its readers this video of Kelly doing what she does best!
Photo Coverage: Andrew Lloyd Webber Visits Toronto's WIZARD OF OZ
April 3, 2013
On Wednesday, April 3rd Oz had a very special visitor, as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber attended the all Canadian production of his new musical for the first time. Lloyd Webber was in Toronto last fall for the CBC television show Over the Rainbow, which cast Danielle Wade in the lead role of Dorothy, however he had not yet seen the full production of the show. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the very special curtain call.
BWW Interviews: Nicky Phillips Launches YOUR BROADWAY SONG
March 18, 2013
Nicky Phillips has a very ambitious new adventure on her hands, having just launched a new company called 'Your Broadway Song' which she plans to expand within both Toronto and NYC. The company designs custom Broadway themed songs for various special occasions, and kicked off with a song written for Canadian legend Colm Wilkinson. BWW spoke to Nicky about how the idea for Your Broadway Song evolved, her feelings on Canadian Musical Theatre and her sources of inspiration.
BWW Reviews: Strong Cast Brings Out Human Bias and Humor in Panasonic Theatre's CLYBOURNE PARK
February 22, 2013
Clybourne Park opened this week in Toronto and marks the third offering in the Off-Mirvish season. The show is a remount of the hugely successful Studio 180 production from last year, and its easy to see why Toronto embraced it so fully last time around. A Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner, the show tells a story about race relations, community and neighbourhoods. It takes place in the same Chicago house in two different years, 1959 and and 2009. Boasting a strong cast and brilliant writing, Clybourne Park forces us to examine many of our own personal biases, and makes us laugh at the same time.
BWW Interview: Betsy Wolfe Talks Toronto Symphony Debut
February 16, 2013
Steven Reineke's inaugural year as the new Principal Pops Conductor with the Toronto Symphony continues this week with Love Will Keep Us Together. An evening of all the best love songs from across the ages, the show promises to be glowing, glittering and above all, fun. Joining him are Tenor Mike Eldred and Soprano Betsy Wolfe, who just wrapped an exciting run in The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway. She spoke to BWW about her musical influences, the concert, working with Steven and more.
BWW Interviews: David Mirvish Discusses the 2013-2014 Season
February 13, 2013
Mirvish Productions celebrates fifty years of producing and presenting theatre in Toronto with their ambitious and diverse 2013-2014, which includes the return of Les Miserables, the tour of the Tony Award Winning Once and the World Premiere of Aladdin. David Mirvish spoke to BWW about bringing Les Miserables back to the city, diversity in programming and building a new generation of theatre goers.
BWW Interview: Ramin Karimloo on His Toronto Homecoming in LES MISERABLES in Fall of 2013
February 13, 2013
Ramin Karimloo was first bitten by the theatre bug upon seeing Colm Wilkinson in the original production of The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto in the late 80s. Since then he has gone on to play the title role in both The Phantom and Love Never Dies in London's West End, and now will come home to Toronto for the first time in the Mirvish Production of LES MISERABLES which was just announced for their 2013-2014 season. BWW spoke with Ramin about how he feels about coming home, the pressures of the role of Jean Valjean, Sheytoons, protecting his voice and more.
LES MISERABLES, ONCE, ALADDIN & More Set for Mirvish's 50th Season
February 13, 2013
Mirvish Productions is celebrating fifty years of producing in Toronto with their largest and most ambitious subscription seasons to date, starting with the return of the smash-hit LES MISERABLES with hometown boy Ramin Karimloo in the lead role of Jean Valjean. Toronto will also see the World Premiere of ALADDIN, the Tony Award Winning musical ONCE, the World Premiere of Sergio Trujillo's ARRABAL, the North American Premiere of HEARTBEAT OF HOME, critical favourite METAMORPHOSIS and the North American Premiere of THE LAST CONFESSION. They have also announced four exciting bonus shows and their sophomore Off-Mirvish season. BWW is thrilled to bring readers coverage of all the new season has to offer, including feature interviews with many key players throughout the remainder of the week.
BWW Special: Chatting with the Team Behind DO YOU WANT WHAT I HAVE GOT? A Craigslist Cantata
February 6, 2013
Fresh off a sold-out run at Vancouver's PuSh Festival, the brand new original musical Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata opens tonight in Toronto as part of Acting Up Stage's and Factory Theatre's new season. The show explores contemporary humanity through the unique (and sometimes) wacky lens of Craigslist, the online classified site with over 50 million ads posted each month. To celebrate the show's opening night, BWW sat down to speak with a handful of people involved in the production to get a better idea about the show, about Craigslist and about musical theatre in Canada.
BWW Special: Toronto Critics Take the Stage in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
February 5, 2013
Toronto Theatre Critic's take to the stage this Sunday in a special benefit performance of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, with proceeds going to The Actor's Fund. Featuring Kelly Nestruck, Robert Cushman, Glenn Sumi, Sheila McCarthy and Melody A. Johnston, the show also includes BWW's own Kelly Cameron as one of the Snoopy's. In this special feature, she talks about her hidden desire to be force to be reckoned with on-stage, setting the bar a smidge above terrible, and humbly requests that you throw bones in lieu of tomatoes.
BWW Interviews: Nina Lee Aquino talks EVERY LETTER COUNTS
January 31, 2013
Nina Lee Aquino has a very commendable vision - she wants to see more diversity in our world's theatres (and more specifically, here on Toronto stages). To that end, she has spent many years championing diversity in the arts and her upcoming show 'Every Letter Counts' is no exception. The play is a re-imagining of the life of an important political icon from the Philippines, Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino. She sat down with BWW to talk about her journey with EVERY LETTER COUNTS, her focus on diversity in the arts and her 'retirement performance' in Les Miserables.
BWW Special: Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cabaret!
January 25, 2013
Acting Up Stage and Factory Theatre are partnering to present Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cabaret this February in Toronto. A brand new Canadian musical, the show is fresh from a sold-out run at Vancouver's PuSh Festival and features original musical by Veda Hille and Bill Richardson. For a bit of extra fun, Acting Up Stage and Factory Theatre partnered with Jennifer Walls and SINGular Sensation to host a cabaret contest featuring videos inspired by Craigslists ads. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers the winning video!
Having sold-out its extended run at Vancouver's PuSh Festival in Jan 2012, this original musical by Veda Hille & Bill Richardson sets actual Craigslist postings to music in a 90 minute song-cycle. Both hilarious and surprisingly poignant, Do You Want What I Have Got? explores contemporary humanity through the lens of Craigslist-an online classified site with over 50 million ads posted each month.
Photo Coverage: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at The Drake Underground
January 23, 2013
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is currently on stage at The Drake Underground, featuring Seth Drabinsky in the iconic lead role made famous by John Cameron Mitchell. This heartfelt and rocking adaptation is not to be missed and sure to be loved by fans and newbies alike. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers photos from the production.
BWW Feature: There's No Place Like Toronto for this All Canadian 'OZ'
January 16, 2013
The North American Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz took place this past Sunday, featuring an All-Canadian Cast and brand new songs to go along with the classic tale. While reviews have been mixed, the talented cast provides much reason to celebrate. Sometimes, it takes the re-telling of a classic tale to remind us that there really is no place like home.
Photo Coverage: THE WIZARD OF OZ Opening Night Gala
January 15, 2013
The North American Premiere of The Wizard of Oz took place Sunday at The Ed Mirvish Theatre, featuring CBC Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Wade in the iconic role of Dorothy. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the gala opening night party, which saw Danielle and cast mingling with Producer David Mirvish and the Totos.
Photo Coverage: New Production Images - North American Premiere of THE WIZARD OF OZ!
January 14, 2013
The North American Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz was last night in Toronto, and the All-Canadian Cast shined like Dorothy's ruby red slippers. The show tells the classic story of Dorthy's journey to Oz, and features Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Wade in her stage debut. BWW is thrilled to bring readers pictures from the lavish production.
BWW Interviews: Chris Abraham talks SOMEONE ELSE
January 10, 2013
Someone Else is the third play in a loose trilogy by Kristen Thomson. Opening tonight, it tell sthe story of a married couple who examine their lives as they take a journey through counselling and look at the problems that exist both in and out of their relationship. Director Chris Abraham spoke to BWW about following on the success of I, Claudia, the hopeful message of the show and more.