A night at the theatre can be many things. It could be high drama or it could involve song and dance. It can make you laugh, pique your interest or even roll a tear or two. There are nearly as many things that a night at the theatre could be as there are nights to go to the theatre.
Goldenberg Productions promises nearly everything one might imagine possible from a show with Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber,” explains performer/creator Adrian Marchuk. “It’s a journey through the music, from Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Cats, while telling you the stories you never knew about the man behind the music.”
Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber runs at the Flato Markham Theatre on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.
Presented as part concert, part docudrama and part storytelling set to music, Marchuk has reimagined Webber’s work to accompany the telling of his life’s story by four powerhouse voices. Backed by a three-piece band, the show also features a multimedia presentation that traces every inch of Webber’s life, while also offering a candid look at the fashion and trends that he lived through.
Of course, songs like Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Love Changes Everything, Unexpected Song, Tell Me On A Sunday, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and The Music of the Night all make show-stopping appearances. There is plenty of room for lighter fare too as the charming, funny and sometimes all-together-too-public foibles of Webber’s rise don’t get left out.
“His loves, his passions, his partnerships, his highs and lows,” says Marchuk.
Those emotions will be brought to life by four of Canada’s strongest musical theatre voices. Marchuk, himself, will be joined by Thom Allison, a Broadway alumnus as well as part of the original Canadian companies of Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy and Rent; Elena Juatco, who sang Eponine in the recent revival of Les Miserables; and Alana Hibbert who has been the highlight of numerous seasons at Shaw and Stratford.
The show was originally commissioned from Marchuk, who will be known to audiences from his turn as Frankie Valli in the Toronto production of Jersey Boys by Theatre Collingwood in the summer of 2016. The show was later refined for a run at the Mady Centre in Barrie before its Toronto premiere in the spring of 2017.
“It’s a fantastic two-hour concert show that we are thrilled to be bringing to Markham,” says Marchuk.
The show also serves as a homecoming of sorts for two members of the company. Both music director Scott Christian and producer Brian Goldenberg spent their formative years in Markham. Indeed, both had their first theatrical experiences with the Markham Youth Theatre and as Unionville High School students right on the Flato Markham Theatre stage.
“I spent a lot of time at the theatre between 1994 and 2005,” says Goldenberg. “There is no doubt that I developed many of the core skills I use today during my time in Markham. It is a combination of nostalgic and thrilling to come back and share my current projects with the community where I grew up.”