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iPhoto caption: Dora Awards graphic courtesy of TAPA.

TAPA announces 2024 Dora Award nominees

On Tuesday morning, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced the nominees for the 44th annual Dora Awards, taking place at the historic Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Monday, June 24.

By Aisling Murphy / May 28, 2024
iPhoto caption: Jessica Vosk and Kelli Barrett in Beaches the Musical. Photo by Trudie Lee.

‘Their most important love is for each other’: Inside the lifelong female friendships of Beaches the Musical

“Usually, when we put women on the stage, we either pit them against each other for the affections of a man,” says actor Kelli Barrett, who stars opposite Jessica Vosk in Beaches the Musical. “A platonic female friendship that is still a love story is very rare — not since Wicked, and even then, Glinda and Elphaba are mortal enemies for a long time.”

By Aisling Murphy / May 24, 2024
iPhoto caption: Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Million Dollar Quartet feasts on the rich musical history of London, Ont.

“I’ve always wanted to do Million Dollar Quartet, and I’m so glad I get to do it at the Grand,” says Kelly Holiff, who plays Dyanne in the show and, coincidentally, is the niece of Johnny Cash’s longtime manager.

By Aisling Murphy / Apr 29, 2024
iPhoto caption: Tom Wilson and Sheldon Elter face each other at rehearsals for Beautiful Scars. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

In a new musical by Lee Harvey Osmond’s Tom Wilson, one Indigenous icon honours another

Beautiful Scars, adapted by Wilson and co-creator Shaun Smyth from Wilson’s 2017 memoir of the same name, tells the story of Wilson’s journey from a lonely childhood on the East Hamilton Mountain to a celebrated career as a multidisciplinary artist and three-time Juno-award-winning musician.

By Nathaniel Hanula-James / Apr 19, 2024