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!
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!