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From Weimar to Vaudeville with Tom Allen & Company
Sun, 26 February 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
A Tom Allen & Company concert is a musical sensation! Part musical, part drama, this production explores the period of the 20's and 30's with stories, wit, and music by gifted local performing artists!
From Weimar to Vaudeville is the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos. Two musical princes, one rich, one poor, reach to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war.
Featuring music by Richard Strauss, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Weill, Fletcher Henderson, Mozart, Brahms, and stunning original songs by the cast. Weimar to Vaudeville is Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the 20s and 30s: dirty as ever and roaring loudly enough to be heard half-way ’round the world. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan, Bryce Kulak, Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Peter Gemmell and Tom Allen.
Patricia O’Callaghan is a recording and performing artist with 5 solo CDs and several collaborations. She tours both her own shows, and as a cast member or guest artist, around North America, Europe, and Australia. She is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. www.patricia-ocallaghan.com
Bryce Kulak is an actor, singer, pianist and composer who has performed across Canada since he was 11. He recently joined the touring production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands and his albums Welcome, Tin Can Telephone, and The Man That Got Away are available on iTunes.www.brycekulak.com
Kevin Fox is a composer, arranger, recording artist and performer with 3 solo recordings and countless credits as a supporting artist. He studied at McGill, toured with Sarah Harmer, arranges for Justin Bieber and plays with everyone. www.kevinfox.ca
Lori Gemmell is the Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and plays often with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has 2 recordings of solo harp music, 2 duo recordings and also recorded with Feist. www.lorigemmell.com
Peter Gemmell spent decades performing in the most remote points of the globe and everywhere between, including duets with an Iranian Santur master and shows with a fire juggler in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He is now spending time in Ottawa reconnecting with all things Major and Minor.
Tom Allen hosts Shift on CBC Radio 2 and concerts across Canada and is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. He is the author of three non-fiction books, plays the trombone when he can and wrote this show, among many others. Mostly, he’s a storyteller. www.tomtomallen.com