Once again, I’ve been too long in writing. This is a blog I wrote on the plane back from Taipei. Since I wrote it, I felt like might as well publish with the pics for whoever is interested. Here we go:
Well it’s been a while but my God the things that have been going on. Where to start. I finished Killjoys but just as I did, I was asked to be in the cast of Porgy and Bess: In Concert for Soulpepper. For clarity, we didn’t sing specific roles. We sang a variety of the songs – sort of the greatest hits – and there was a narrative written that talked about the making of the original show. But what a joy to work with this cast. It’s one of those shows where I can’t believe these crazy, talented people are also my friends – Troy Adams, Neema Bickersteth, Alana Bridgewater and the wonderful Jackie Richardson. We had a ball. And the show did really well. I don’t know that anyone thought it would sell so well. So great to sing that material.
And while we were running Porgy and Bess, I was offered the craziest gig. … [Continue reading]
Once again, it’s been so long since I wrote my blog. I always feel there is something I can’t say that I want to say so instead of talking about any of the other things I could say, I say nothing. Ummm . . . stupid. Okay that is a bit harsh, Thom. Let’s just say, . . dumb.
Aaaaanyway. It’s been an incredible year. OH MY GOD. I just peeked at my blog to see what the last thing was that was happening to me. We were in the middle of the run of Peter Pan in June. That literally feels like it was years ago. It’s been a funny year of piggybacking. On the day of our ﬁrst performance of Elegies, I was offered Peter Pan. Then a week before the end of the ﬁrst leg of Peter Pan in June, I got a call to ﬁll in for the role of Javert in Les Miserables for Drayton. Then the day before we closed Les Miserable in Drayton and I was about about to go back to the second leg of the run for Peter Pan, I got some other news.
So whoever is reading this blog, (and since I may post this link to Facebook and Twitter, that could be .… [Continue reading]
I apologize for being so long away everyone. Since we’ve talked I’ve finished Over the Rainbow,
done my concert at MCC, BROADWAY, MY WAY
and my cabaret, SHUT UP, IT’S CHRISTMAS! For the first act of which, I was me. These two shows are from act two where I play Mrs. Claus – old and young.
Now, we come to the next exciting project. I’m coming/going home to Winnipeg to do a concert.
ME AND MY TOWN: THOM ALLISON IN CONCERT
From Winnipeg to Broadway and Back
It’s part of the Sondheimfest that the city is participating. So all of the songs in my hour and a half concert are from the repertoire of the great theatre composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Always a joy, honour and a gift to perform his music. My pianist is a gifted young musician, musical director named Scott Christian. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it a lot. I’m so excited.
$41 (+service charge)
January 20, 2013 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre 8:00PM
140 Rupert Ave.
I know I need to get more regular in my blogging, my peeps. But I’m just running around so much. So I’m just going to wander a bit, but you know what, it’s my blog. ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa.
So let’s deal with the fact that I have been in a helicopter twice since I wrote to you all. WHAT???!!! Yes, it’s true. The first time was Sept. 23. I took some pics to show you. We arrived at the pick-up site which was on the grounds of the Hildebrand Winery and the actual copter (that’s what we professional helicopterers call the helicopter – oh, yeah, I’m very connected) is not very big as you can see.
As soon as we arrived, we met our pilot, Ben . . . who looked 14, which did not build my confidence. But he was 21 and a very “nice young man”. Gentle Ben I shall call him henceforth.
Seriously, look at that face. He still smelled like baby wipes …..and the CBC also sent one of their AM-ER-ZING online team to video and audio and photograph the experience. Here is Kyle.
And he and the rest of that genius online team put together a vlog of the whole experience of getting me from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 5 to our live-to-the-east-coast taping of the show at 7.… [Continue reading]
Okay everyone, it was announced today so I can actually tell you about it. Here is the background for those of you who don’t know. I’m sure many of you have heard of these TV shows that cast a lead in a major production of a musical. They did it for Nancy in Oliver in the West End, they did it for the Danny and Sandy in the Broadway revival of Grease, they did it for Maria in the Mirvish produced big splashy Sound of Music in Toronto a few years ago.
Well the Canucks will know but perhaps my friends/readers in the U.S. and beyond might not know, but the Mirvish organization is doing it again, this time with their big new production of The Wizard of Oz, which includes new music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. They will be casting the role of Dorothy and Toto on CBC television on Sunday and Monday nights starting on Sept. 16 and culminating in the final night on Nov. 5.
And the big news is: . . . . . . I am one of the judges. It will be myself, Arlene Phillips (OBE, one of the UK’s most recognizable TV judges) and Louise Pitre (original star of Broadway’s Mamma Mia and one of Canada’s Musical Theatre divas)
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while so it’s nice to get it out and say I’m really, really excited to meet the girls and the pooches and get the ball rolling.… [Continue reading]