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Alumni Hit Broadway and Toronto with “Blame Canada!” Concert

March 26, 2014

“Blame Canada!” – a musical concert that brought together the best of Canadian musical theatre talent including over 25 grads and other individuals connected to Sheridan, hit Broadway and Toronto stages this month.

Held at 54 BELOW in New York City on March 17, and at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on March 24, “Blame Canada!” was produced in partnership with The Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP). Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musicals by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers, CMTP is the brainchild of Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean for Visual and Performing Arts at Sheridan. The “Blame Canada!” concert celebrates the launch of another like-minded organization – the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC), founded by Landon Braverman and Joseph Trefler. "Sheridan and the CMTP continue to be the leaders in the development of new musical works in Canada. ‘Blame Canada!’ and our support of the CMTWC is another way to promote and celebrate our exceptional talent and writers," said Rubinoff.

The “Blame Canada!” concert in New York City featured a host of Canadians who appear on Broadway, including a number of Sheridan music theatre alumni:

Timothy J. Alex, 1986 (Motown, Elf)
Eric Coles (Rock of Ages, Mary Poppins national tour)
Camille Eanga-Selenge, 2012 (The Book of Mormon)
Keely Hutton (Stratford Festival’s Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof)
Aaron Walpole, 2001 (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jenny Weisz, 2013 (Theory of Relativity)

The concert featured songs and music by established and emerging Canadian musical theatre writers, including some with connections to Sheridan, such as:

• Jonathan Monro (actor and composer)
• Jim Betts (songwriter for the CMTP-produced Colours in the Storm)
• Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (songwriters for the CMTP-produced The Theory of Relativity)
• Nicky Phillips (composer and co-lyricist of the CMTP-produced Central Park Tango)
• Irene Sankoff and David Hein (songwriters for the CMTP-produced Come From Away)
• Robert Gontier (songwriter for the CMTP-produced Central Park Tango and full time Voice and Text Professor at Sheridan)

The Toronto concert showcased much of the same music but featured an array of Toronto-based actors, including the following Sheridan-connected people, many who are music theatre graduates: 

David Cotton, 2009 (Evangeline)
Gabi Epstein (Stars of David)
Joel Gomez, 2012 (Elegies)
Steffi D (Spring Awakening)
Lisa Horner (Les Misérables)
Chilina Kennedy, 2000 (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Katie Kerr (Anne of Green Gables)
Andrew Love (Les Misérables)
Jeff Madden, (Jersey Boys)
Charlotte Moore (The Wizard of Oz)
Dana Jean Phoenix, 2013 (The Musical of Musicals)
Jenny Weisz, 2013 (Theory of Relativity, Annie)
Alicia Toner, 2013
Susan Henley
Nicole-Joy Fraser
Laurie Murdoch
Andrew Mcallister, 2007
Matt Campbell, 2002
Kyle Golemba, 2005
(West Side Story)