By Mel Atkey
Were you aware that the assumption at the back of the Radio urban tune corridor Rockettes was once first attempted out in Toronto? That Canada produced the world's longest-running annual revue? Few humans notice the Canadian affects which are on the center of yankee and British culture.Author Mel Atkey's learn for Broadway North incorporated interviews with Norman and Elaine Campbell and Don Harron, creators of Anne of eco-friendly Gables-The Musical; Mavor Moore, founding father of the Charlottetown competition and of Spring Thaw; John grey, writer of Billy Bishop is going to warfare; Ray Jessel and Marian Grudeff, Spring Thaw writers who had good fortune on Broadway with Baker road; Dolores Claman, composer of the Hockey evening In Canada subject, who additionally wrote the musicals Mr. Scrooge and Timber!!; and Galt MacDermot, the composer of Hair who began writing songs for the McGill collage revue My Fur woman. integrated is the exceptional luck of The Drowsy Chaperone. Atkey additionally attracts on his personal adventure as a author and composer of musicals, and tells the tale of why a express that are supposed to have starred James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) did not happen.Composer, lyricist and writer, Mel Atkey is presently established within the U.K. happy with his Canadian cultural roots, he has lengthy been interested by the inspiration of a particular Canadian musical theatre.
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Broadway north: the dream of a Canadian musical theatre by Mel Atkey