Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and since then has been lucky enough to be involved in various theatre activities and productions, including a regional production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a local production of Where the Sidewalk Ends. She has also received training from various teachers throughout Southwestern Ontario in both piano and voice, and competed in vocal competitions for which she received a few awards. Her writing career started almost by accident, when she had the opportunity to become a ghostwriter for up and coming businesses. She continues to do this, writing the content for all sorts of companies who are starting websites and looking to find their voice.
Her passion and love for theatre led to her becoming involved with BroadwayWorld where she is thrilled to be writing for the Toronto contingent of the rapidly growing website. When she isn't at the theatre, you can generally find her firmly planted in front of her trusty Blackberry - tweeting, Facebooking or partaking in other such social media activities to ensure that those who want to know are kept apprised of everything that Toronto theatre has to offer. Other interests include movies, art, music, shopping, fashion and martial arts with the occasional foray into the world of finance.
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Photo Coverage: New Production Images - North American Premiere of THE WIZARD OF OZ!
January 14, 2013
The North American Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz was last night in Toronto, and the All-Canadian Cast shined like Dorothy's ruby red slippers. The show tells the classic story of Dorthy's journey to Oz, and features Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Wade in her stage debut. BWW is thrilled to bring readers pictures from the lavish production.
BWW Interviews: Chris Abraham talks SOMEONE ELSE
January 10, 2013
Someone Else is the third play in a loose trilogy by Kristen Thomson. Opening tonight, it tell sthe story of a married couple who examine their lives as they take a journey through counselling and look at the problems that exist both in and out of their relationship. Director Chris Abraham spoke to BWW about following on the success of I, Claudia, the hopeful message of the show and more.
BWW Special: Crow's Theatre to Make a Nest in Toronto's East End
January 8, 2013
Crow's Theatre announced today plans to build a new permanent home in Toronto's East End, the area east of the DVP which currently does not have a theatre all its own. In partnership with Streetcar Developments the theatre company, under the helm of Artistic Director Chris Abraham, aim to build a new theatre which will bring the community together and continue to foster and build Crow's vision.
BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES Movie - Passing the Candlesticks to a New Generation
December 21, 2012
The long awaited feature film version of Les Miserables opens Christmas Day, twenty five years after it first took the world by storm on a West End stage. Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, the film made the daring choice of having its actors sing live instead of being recorded in a studio. Die-hard fans of the stage production will likely take issue with some of the directorial (and musical choices) but overall the movie is a solid adaptation of Victor Hugo's beloved tale.
BWW Interviews: Sharron and George's Christmas Singalong!
December 20, 2012
All month long BWW has been showcasing some of Toronto's hottest cabaret stars as they usher in the hoilday season with festive cabarets. We're thrilled to bring the final installment in our cabaret interviews, a feature with Sharron Matthews and George Masswohl who are presenting their 'Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long' tomorrow night at Buddies in Bad Times. The duo tell us why they love cabaret and why they love performing together.
BWW Reviews: Anthony Rapp's WITHOUT YOU a Triumphant Reminder of Importance of 'No Day But Today'
December 18, 2012
Anthony Rapp brings his one man show 'Without You' to Toronto this holiday season as the second offering in the inaugural off-Mirvish season. A heart-wrenching examination of life and loss, the show proudly proclaims RENT's central message of 'No Day But Today' and helps teach its audience how to live through grief and embrace love.
BWW Interviews: Anthony Rapp on Love, Loss and WITHOUT YOU
December 16, 2012
Anthony Rapp originated the role of Mark Cohen in the hit musical RENT, and has embraced the message behind the show and turned it into a best-selling memoir entitled Without You: A Tale of Love, Loss and the Musical RENT. He now brings the material from that book to the stage in a poignant production that examines the death of his mother as well as good friend Jonathan Larson and uses music to explain how he dealt with those losses. Fresh off a critically acclaimed run in London, Rapp brings his show to Toronto for the holiday season. He spoke with BWW about how the losses he's experienced have shaped his life, the memories he has of Toronto and why he think 'Original Cast Member of RENT' will likely always be the lead line in his obituary.
BWW Interviews: Thom Allison Talks SHUT UP! IT'S CHRISTMAS!
December 14, 2012
Thom Allison has had a very successful year, receiving rave reviews for his performance in Shaw Festival's Ragtime and guest judging on the CBC hit 'Over the Rainbow'. This holiday season he returns to his first love of cabaret with a special performance entitled 'Shut Up! It's Christmas!' at Buddies in Bad Times. He spoke to BWW about what cabaret means to him, how much he loves Christmas and whether he's been naughty or nice.
BWW Interviews: IT'S A WONDERFUL TORONTO with Matt Baram
December 11, 2012
The wickedly funny National Theatre of the World is bringing Torontonians a special treat this holiday season courtesy of It's A Wonderful Toronto! The Rob Ford Holiday Spectacular! The show is a musical comedy that chronicles the dress rehearsal of The Rob Ford Christmas Special. Directer Matt Baram took a few minutes to talk to BWW about Rob Ford, the holiday show, gravy nog and more.
BWW Interviews: Micah Barnes on SINGER'S PLAYGROUND
December 9, 2012
This holiday season BWW is featuring some of Toronto's best and brightest musical talents in a series of feature interviews celebrating their cabaret performances. Today we talk to Micah Barnes who is hosting an upcoming 'Singer's Playground' next week. The evening will showcase songs from his new album and feature up and coming musical theatre talent. Micah spoke to us about how he chose his young guest stars, what cabaret means to him and whether he's been naughty or nice this year.
BWW Interviews: Christmas Cabaret with Chris Tsujiuchi
December 7, 2012
The holiday season is here and it's bringing with it a whole host of exciting cabarets courtesy of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre! Up first is Chris Tsujiuchi's Christerical Cabaret - a show that promises laughs, love and holiday sweaters! BWW will be featuring many of the holiday cabaret artists leading up to Christmas, and Chris sat down to talk with us about what cabaret means to him, how he's made his show festive and why 'Dick in a Box' is really a holiday treat.
BWW Interviews: Romantic Favourites with the Cast of Angelwalk's ORDINARY DAYS
December 4, 2012
Ordinary Days is kicking off Angelwalk Theatre's 2012-2013 Season at The Toronto Centre for the Arts. The show features four of Canada's brightest up and coming musical theatre talents, and BWW sat down to speak with three of them about their best and worst romantic movie and stage choices.
Photo Coverage: Sneak Peek at Toronto's All-Canadian WIZARD OF OZ
December 3, 2012
On Thursday morning members of Toronto's media were given a sneak peek look at the brand new Canadian production of The Wizard of Oz. The North American premiere will take place this holiday season at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, featuring Danielle Wade in the lead role of Dorothy after she won the CBC competition 'Over the Rainbow'. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the sneak peek!
BWW Special: 25 Years Later - Sharing LES MISERABLES with the Masses
December 2, 2012
The musical Les Miserables has been a worldwide phenomenon for the past quarter of a century, and this Christmas it gets the big screen treatment as Tom Hooper's film adaptation hits cinemas across the country. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and more, the big screen version features all of its actors singing live for the first time in a motion picture. Advance buzz has been extremely positive, with many proclaiming it could be this year's big Oscar winner. For me, Les Miserables was the reason I fell in love with theatre and the powerful story has served me well throughout my life. For that reason, I'm excited to share the story with the world at large - in the hopes that Jean Valjean's tale will help us all to dare to dream this holiday season and hope for a more compassionate tomorrow.
Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
November 29, 2012
This past Monday, stars of Toronto's theatre scene joined together for a fundraiser in support of Acting Up Stage, a 'modern musical theatre' company in Toronto. Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus once again teamed with Musical Director Reza Jacobs to create an evening filled with unique songs by popular composers. Tapestries featured the music of Carole King and James Taylor and included stars such as Cynthia Dale, Jake Epstein, Josh Young and more. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers photos from the special evening.
BWW Interviews: LES MISERABLES Alum Randy Graff on Her Toronto Master Class
November 26, 2012
Randy Graff, who originated the role of Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway, is coming to Toronto to conduct an exciting master class this December. Known for her story-telling through song, Randy will focus on teaching that unique ability to her students. She sat down with BWW to talk about her career, the benefits of the master class and the upcoming feature film version of Les Miserables.
BWW Interviews: Reza Jacobs on Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
November 24, 2012
Acting Up Stage presents TAPESTRIES this Monday, a unique concert featurin the music of Carole King and James Taylor as arranged by Reza Jacobs. These concerts take place once a year and feature some of Canada's best and brightest musical theatre talent paying tribute to some of the most well-known and loved music of the past century. This year's show features Cynthia Dale, Josh Young, Jake Epstein, Arlene Duncan, Sterling Jarvis and more. Reza spoke to BWW about how he goes about putting the show together, how he feels about Toronto's musical theatre landscape and why people should come see the show.
Photo Coverage: Eric McCormack, Nelly Furtado and More at It's Always Something!
November 23, 2012
On Saturday November 17th Torontonians came out to support Gilda's Club of Greater Toronto at the eleventh annual It's Always Something variety show and fundraiser. The event was once again hosted by Russell Peters and featured performances by Eric McCormack, Nelly Furtado, Glass Tiger, Louise Pitre and more. All proceeds went to support Gilda's Club, which provides an invaluable support system and resource for people's who's lives have been touched by cancer. BWW is thrilled to bring our readers photos from the event.
BWW Interviews: Mitchell Cushman talks TERMINUS and the Off-Mirvish Series
November 21, 2012
Terminus was a smash-hit at last year's Summerworks Festival, and now it is the first offering in the inaugural Off-Mirvish Season. The new endeavour from Mivish Productions aims to showcase smaller, independent works to a larger audience within Toronto. BWW spoke to Terminus director Mitchell Cushman about the show, and about how he feels getting the chance to showcase it to a larger audience.
BWW Interviews: Colm Wilkinson on his Christmas Concerts, the Les Miserables Film and more
November 20, 2012
Colm Wilkinson is having an exciting year. He's one of the founding artists of Theatre 20, he will be appearing in the much anticipated feature film version of Les Miserables and he's about to embark on a Christmas tour entitled Christmas, Broadway and Beyond. Featuring Christmas tunes as well as favourites from his solo albums, Colm will be dazzling audiences throughout Canada over the holiday season. BWW caught up with him recently to talk about the new show, as well as passing the Jean Valjean torch to Hugh Jackman.
BWW Special: The Real Reason Everyone Should See THE NORMAL HEART
November 14, 2012
On Saturday night I took my Conservative father out to see Studio 180's production of The Normal Heart, in an attempt to prove this is a piece of theatre that can transcend pre-existing stereotypes and appeal to a person's basic humanity. Thankfully he thoroughly enjoyed the show, and the experience reminded me of why I think this is such an important piece of theatre. Part human rights, part love story, part history lesson - The Normal Heart examines the best and the worst of the human spirit in a powerful evening of theatre. It is because of the lasting impact it has and the lessons of tolerance it teaches that I believe everyone should see this show.
Photo Coverage: Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan and Angelique Kidjo at HOPE RISING
November 12, 2012
The 2nd Annual Hope Rising Benefit took plays this week at Roy Thomson Hall to benefit the Stephen Lewis AIDS Foundation, an organization that helps women and children with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Annie Lennox returned to Toronto for one night only to lend her gorgeous vocals to the cause, along with Canadian sensation Sarah McLachlan and African singer Angelique Kidjo. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, the very special evening was both heartbreaking and inspiring. BWW was on hand to capture photos from the event.
BWW Interviews: The Canuck of LA CAGE - Jeigh Madjus
November 9, 2012
La Cage Aux Folles is wrapping up their first National Tour in Toronto at The Royal Alexandra Theatre with Canuck Jeigh Madjus in the role of Jacob. This is Jeigh's first time on a Mirvish stage, and he spoke to BWW about what his last year on tour has been like, how he's enjoyed being the only Canadian in the cast and how important it is to always be true to yourself.
BWW Interviews: Philip Riccio Talks Speaking in Tongues
November 6, 2012
Speaking in Tongues is the latest offering from Company Theatre, and it opened this past week at the Berkeley Street Theatre where it will run until November 24th. The show tells the story of nine interconnected people and explores issues such as infidelity, intimacy, and human connection. It is directed by Company Theatre co-founded Philip Riccio, who sat down to talk to BWW about the challenges that come with directing a play such as this, the mature subject matter and his vision for Company Theatre.
Photo Coverage: Danielle Wade Wins CBC's OVER THE RAINBOW!
November 6, 2012
Canada has spoken, and Danielle Wade has been given the coveted red ruby slippers and the role of Dorothy in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz. Wade, 20, won the eight week long reality competition 'Over the Rainbow' Monday night after a nation-wide vote eliminated runners-up AJ Bridel and Stephanie LaRochelle. Danielle will headline the Mirvish presentation of The Wizard of Oz, opening this Christmas at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Photo Coverage: Canadian Cast of RENT Reunites for 15th Anniversary in Support of Fife House
November 2, 2012
On Monday Oct 29th members of the original Canadian cast of RENT gathered together with graduates from Sheridan College to perform a special benefit concern in support of Fife House. Produced by Michael Rubinoff, the event celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Canadian production of the Tony Award Winning musical, and was a fantastic evening filled with songs and lots of love. On hand to celebrate were Chad Richardson, Cary Shields, Dominique Roy, Karen LeBlanc, Jenifer Aubry, Gavin Hope and Thom Allison. BWW is thrilled to bring its readers photos from the evening.
BWW Special: Over the Rainbow's Thom Allison on RENT's 15th Anniversary
October 29, 2012
The 15th Anniversary of the Canadian cast of RENT is upon us, and alums from the original production are getting together with Sheridan College students for a very special concert to raise money for Fife House and honour the spirit of the show. Thom Allison, currently a judge on CBC's Over the Rainbow, has recently been added to the growing list of alum coming back for this one special night. He spoke to BWW about the message of RENT and how it's changed for him over the years, as well as how it applies to the young girls vying for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Photo Coverage: Bond's 50th Anniversary at the TIFF Lightbox
October 27, 2012
Designing 007 opened this Friday at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto after a successful run in London, England. The exhibit celebrates the last 50 years of James Bond films with a collection of props, costumes, designs and concept mock-ups from all 23 movies (and many props from the highly anticipated Skyfall). BWW is thrilled to be able to bring our readers photos of all the Bond goodies.
Dominique Roy chats RENT's 15th Canadian Anniversary
October 25, 2012
On October 29th members of the original Canadian Cast of RENT will join together with Sheridan College students to perform a special 15th Anniversary tribute to Jonathan Larson's musical and raise money for Fife House. BWW is speaking with the alum about what RENT has meant to them and about the special evening. Today we're speaking with Dominique Roy, a swing in the original Canadian production and one of the Mimi's on Broadway. Dominique talks to us about the message of love that RENT taught her, and how she holds it true to her today.
BWW Special: Jenifer Aubry Talks RENT's 15th Canadian Anniversary
October 23, 2012
On October 29th members of the original Canadian Cast of RENT will join together with Sheridan College students to perform a special 15th Anniversary tribute to Jonathan Larson's musical and raise money for Fife House. BWW is speaking with the alum about what RENT has meant to them and about the special evening. Today we're speaking with Jenifer Aubry, currently on stage in Toronto with Cirque du Soleil, about her time in RENT and what it meant to her.
BWW Special: RENT Alums Mark 15th Anniversary of the Original Canadian Production
October 22, 2012
On October 29th members of the original Canadian Cast of RENT will join together with Sheridan College students to perform a special 15th Anniversary tribute to Jonathan Larson's musical and raise money for Fife House. BWW is speaking with the alum about what RENT has meant to them and about the special evening. First up is Chad Richardson, who played Mark with the Canadian company and on Broadway. Chad talks about the meaning of the show and how he has applied it to day to day life, about his RENT baby with Cristina Fadale and his hope for future generations of RENT stars.
BWW Interviews: Martin Happer on Studio 180 Theatre's THE NORMAL HEART
October 21, 2012
Studio 180 Theatre kicks off their 10th Season with a remount of their 2011 smash-hit production of The Normal Heart. Directed by Joel Greenberg, the play tells the story of a group of friends in NYC during the early stages of the HIV/AIDS crisis who try and speak out against the ignorance and suppression coming from doctors, politicians and the press. Martin Happer joins last year's cast in the role of Bruce Niles, and he spoke to BWW about being the 'new kid on the block' and about why this show is so important today.
BWW Interviews: George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber Dish on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
October 16, 2012
La Cage Aux Folles is ending a year long direct from Broadway tour in Toronto, where it plays The Royal Alexandra Theatre for the next six weeks. Starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, the show tells the story of a manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub and his cross-dressing lover/lead entertainer. The two stars sat down to talk to BWW about life on the road, switching roles, the message behind the show and how 'gay walks'.