July 7, 2020

This is the 13th issue of Meanwhile, so we thought it appropriate to focus on theatrical superstitions.

Theatre people are famously superstitious. One can’t really blame them because superstitions are born when people feel they don’t have control of their own destinies.  In the theatre there is a long list of what you should never do to court good luck and what you should always do to avoid failure. In the Archives column this week, some of these superstitions are revealed.

But the biggest superstition is the belief in theatre ghosts. Most old theatres are said to be haunted. We explore this theme in a new six-part biweekly series called Ghosts of the Royal Alex. Every second week there will be a new song and a new chapter in a serialized story.

June 30, 2020

Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦

In this issue of Meanwhile we salute our country by looking back at our past and looking forward to the future.

SnL speak with some of the real Newfoundlanders who are portrayed in Come From Away. Our Did You Know? columnist reflects on the homegrown plays that have graced our stages since 1907. Ali Momen, one of the stars of Come From Away and the Off-Mirvish smash hit Disgraced, has a bold and exciting proposal for the arts during what he calls The Great Intermission. And we introduce to you a song from a brilliant new Canadian musical that premiered at Theatre Calgary earlier this year and is destined to join the ranks as one of the best this country has produced.

June 23, 2020

We are very proud to welcome you to issue #11. Which is all about Pride.

When we think of Pride we are immediately taken back to Sunday, June 28, 2015. This was both the day of Toronto’s famous Pride Parade and the opening night of Kinky Boots, for which Cyndi Lauper arrived straight from the Pride Parade in her Marie Antoinette costume.

In this week’s Check In From Away, SnL catch up with four actors from Kinky Boots

Our Did You Know? columnist looks at the history of LGBTQ plays and musicals.

We have Emoji Challenge, Round 2, which was created by you, our readers. And we offer you the first round of finalists from our Show Tune Idol contest.

Plus lots more.

June 16, 2020

Meanwhile #10 is all about “casting.” 

No, it isn’t about making casts, which are often used to create sculptures, manufacture machinery, and mend broken bones. In the theatre world, casting is the process of finding actors to perform particular roles in plays.

Casting is a long, complicated and laborious process. It is also an important, essential and delicate one.

Plays are not products. They are artistic creations that are collaborations with (sometimes hundred of) artists. The performance is also a collaboration — between the artists on stage and the spectators in the auditorium.

June 9, 2020

We welcome you to Meanwhile #9 with a heavy heart.  

Although we had an issue ready to go out last Tuesday, we decided not to publish. We felt it was inappropriate to do so. It was too soon after, as Royson James described it in the Toronto Star, “the daylight Main Street modern lynching of George Floyd, a cop kneeling on the man’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, even as citizens voice their horror and three other cops watch the murder, unmoved.” 

May 26, 2020

In this issue of Meanwhile, we celebrate two important anniversaries.

  1. The 20th anniversary of the North American Premiere of Mamma Mia! Why is it important and why should Toronto be proud of its role in the rollout of this popular musical. Our intrepid reporter shares the never-before-told behind-the-scenes story of how Mamma Mia! came to Toronto. Also, Steffi and Lisa (S’n’L) speak to some of the original stars of Mamma Mia! to give you the on-the-ground perspective. And, we profile Salvatore Scozzari, who starred as Pepper, to learn about the life of a working journeyman actor.
  2. The 27th anniversary of the opening of the Princess of Wales Theatre. We take you on a private video tour of this magnificent building, we share a timeline of every show that has played there, and we offer you a contest of trivia about the POW.