032699 Little Shop of Horrors, Ottawa, ON

I don’t remember exactly how I got snared into the role of musical director for a run of Tim Rice’s Chess that was mounted by my university’s theatre troupe but when I did I soon found out that theatre had an even worse effort-to-money ratio than playing rock & roll did, a truism that I could hardly believe was possible.

Anyway, the fact that I signed up to do it again a year later brings to mind that old “Fool me once…” saying, but the truth is…

032016 The Passion, New Orleans, LA

In the Spring of 2016 I spent three weeks in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One morning I was perusing the local paper (as is my habit when on vacation) and I read about an upcoming event that I found very intriguing. It was a modernized version of The Passion of The Christ adapted by Tyler Perry, it was to be broadcast live on television as it was acted out in real time, it was all happening right in the French Quarter and best of all it was free…

021220 Five O’Clock Bells, Ottawa, ON

On one of my final laps around the internet before leaving St. John’s I discovered an interesting tidbit of a musical happening coming up at the tiny Gladstone Theatre: a one-man play that delved into the life and career of one of my favourite guitar players of all time, the inimitable and quite incredible Lenny Breau…