Please note: This is not your grandmother’s Christmas show. Guaranteed to be amazing, entertaining, funny, emotional, heart warming, hilarious, and maybe a little bold! Some mature language/themes may make an appearance.
Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret
Chris Tsujiuchi & Friends!
Thursday, December 20th & Friday, December 21st, 2018
Our friend & very talented Musical Director, Chris Tsujiuchi produces a sold-out cabaret each Christmas in Toronto. Super fun, packed with talent, a little risqué (but not really). This cabaret will be a great mix of holiday music, musical theatre, and pop. Consider this a “morph” of our LOVE cabaret!
A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Chris’ Musical Direction credits include Over The Rainbow (Theatre Collingwood), Any Dream Will Do (Theatre Collingwood), Onegin (Musical Stage Company), 35MM (Toronto premiere), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), One Song Glory ’10 ’11 & ’12 (ActingUp Stage), A Joyful Noise (co-composer/lyricist, Smile Theatre), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe), and bare: the Canadian Premiere (Waters Edge Productions). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale as a singer, cabaret superstar Sharron Matthews as an accompanist, and can be seen in his biannual “Chris-terical” cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Chris Tsujiuchi – writer, music director, co-producer, performer
Featuring Sharron Matthews (from Frankie Drake Mysteries)
Leah Canali – vocals
Colin Asuncion – vocals
Kevin Wong – vocals, violin
La-Nai Gabriel – keyboard
Bruce Scavuzzo – bass
Robin Claxton – drums
Steve John Dale – guitar
A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret – Official Trailer
Come and celebrate the holiday season with Theatre Collingwood and Musical Director Chris Tsujiuchi! This super fun cabaret will be packed with outstanding performers sharing with us a great mix of holiday music/entertainment, musical theatre and pop music. Grab some friends and come out for a Christmas party like no other!
Show Dates: December 20th and 21st, 2018.
A Whole New World:
The Musical Magic of Alan Menken
Conceived & Directed by Adrian Marchuk
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Chris Tsujiuchi
Stewart Adam McKensy,
Dana Jean Phoenix,
Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director, piano, voice
Jamie Bird – Drums
Bobby Hsu – Reeds
Produced by Brian Goldenberg & Adrian Marchuk
October 11th-13th, 2018
Premiering at Theatre Collingwood
Revisit your childhood with the iconic music of Alan Menken, the master songwriter of Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Discover how one man’s music gave us a whole new world of animated characters, stories, and classic films.
Hear all your favourite hits, including Be Our Guest, Part Of Your World, Friend Like Me, Under The Sea, Colors of the Wind, Go The Distance, Suddenly Seymour, and of course, A Whole New World.
This in-concert production will highlight the work of composer ALAN MENKEN, produced by Adrian Marchuk, and including his incredibly talented musicians and performers.
Starting with his bursting onto the scene with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, then on to his spearheading the Disney renaissance with THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, POCAHONTAS, and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and finally his return to live-action singing with NEWSIES, SISTER ACT, and ENCHANTED, Menken’s shows are known and loved by everyone.
Adrian Marchuk has mined Alan Menken’s catalogue for the famous treasures and the little unknown gems, and will also highlight some great Canadian connections. This show contains endless amazing songs and will be attractive to audiences of all ages 5-105!
Song List for A Whole New World:
Little Shop Of Horrors
Under The Sea
Part Of Your World
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Be Our Guest
Beauty And The Beast
A Whole New World
Colours Of The Wind
Just Around The Riverbend
Bells Of Notre Dame
God Help The Outcasts
Zero To Hero
Go The Distance
King Of New York
I See The Light
Adrian Marchuk – Creator and Performer
Adrian is the creator and co-producer of four hit concert musicals – Any Dream Will Do, The Sweetest Sounds, Over The Rainbow, and A Whole New World. By taking us behind-the-scenes and inside the lives of the greatest composers of Broadway and Hollywood, Adrian and his co-producer Brian Goldenberg are bringing audiences to their feet across Canada.
Adrian spent three years playing Frankie Valli in the Toronto and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys. Other recent credits include starring in Marry Me A Little (Tarragon Theatre), Dr. Fine in the hit rock musical Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre), Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions, Persephone Theatre), Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (Ontario Tour), Musical Of Musicals (Mirvish), and the Canadian premiere of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
Adrian is also on faculty at Randolph Academy, Sheridan College, and St. Clair College in addition to teaching voice privately in Toronto.
Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director
Chris Tsujiuchi’s performance credits include Box 4901, Recurring John, Paradises Lost (Summerworks Festival), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Lower Ossington Theatre). Musical Direction credits include The Last Five Years (YRG Productions), Onegin (Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre/Arts Club Western Canada Tour), 35MM (Toronto Premiere), Any Dream Will Do (Angelwalk Theatre & Theatre Collingwood), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe), and bare (Canadian Premiere/WatersEdge Productions). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with Sharron Matthews, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and can be seen performing in Asian Riffing Trio (aka ART), as well as his upcoming Christmas Cabaret here at the Historic Gayety Theatre this December!
Dana Jean Phoenix – Performer
Dana Jean Phoenix is a synthwave singer/songwriter from Toronto. Dana attended the nationally-renowned Humber College Contemporary Music Program in Toronto and graduated the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College. While at college, she would go to every open mic night she could find
Dana Jean has performed alongside Melanie Durrant and Jully Black, as well as touring internationally as the frontwoman for the Juno-Nominated band God Made me Funky. She has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Calgary Stampede, Ottawa Bluesfest, Toronto Beaches International Festival, NXNE (12), Canadian Music Week, New York M.E.A.N.Y Festival, and Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival. Her acapella version of Nicky Minaj’s hit ‘Starships’. has garnered over 1 Million views on YouTube.
Camila Diaz-Varela – Performer
Camila Diaz-Varela is a first-generation Mexican-Canadian theatre maker, performer and musician based in Tkaronto, on Dish with One Spoon wampum belt treaty territory. Camila performs both for theatre and as a singer-songwriter, and composes original music for theatre and film. As an actor and musician, she has most recently been seen in The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, a new musical written by Meiko Ouchi and Hawksley Workman, and the Princess of the Tower, a new musical written by Leslie Wade and Scott Christian
Stewart Adam McKensy – Performer
Originally form Richmond Hill, Stewart is thrilled to be a part of A Whole New World with this
talented group. Selected credits include: “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast (YPT); “Lola/Angel” in
Kinky Boots, The Wizard of Oz (U.S National Tour/Mirvish); Hairspray and The Producers (Mirvish); Me and My Girl, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Ragtime, Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw Festival); To Kill a Mockingbird, My One and Only (Stratford Festival); “Sebastian” in The Little Mermaid, Buddy Holly (Globe Theatre). Enjoy the show!
The World Goes ‘Round
From Dave Campbell and The Gravenhurst Opera House
September 4th-8th, 2018 Musical Revue
Cast of 5 plus 6 musicians
The World Goes Round is a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The revue takes its title from a tune that the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli to sing in the Martin Scorsese film, New York, New York.
Enter the world of the distinguished and celebrated writing team, Kander and Ebb. The World Goes ‘Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards.
Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this is a celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. Five individuals find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.