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THE SCOOP | A Little Night Music With An All-Star Cast Rounds Out RCM 2022-23 Season


L-R: Cynthia Dale (Photo courtesy of the RCM); Eric McCormack (Photo courtesy of the artist); Chilina Kennedy (Photo courtesy of the artist); Dan Chameroy (Photo courtesy of the artist)

The Royal Conservatory has added a new show to round out the 2022/2023 season — A Little Night Music in Concert, featuring an all-star Canadian cast. Three performances will take place May 26, 27 and 28, 2023.

The cast includes a who’s who of Canadian stage and screen, including Cynthia Dale, Eric McCormack, Chilina Kennedy, and Dan Chameroy. A full Broadway-sized orchestra will be conducted by National Ballet of Canada maestro David Briskin.

Tess Benger, Annie Grunwald, Justan Myers, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Alex Mathews, Jonelle Sills, Elena Howard-Scott, and Lillian Brooks round out the cast, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and Richard Ouzounian directing.

The Show

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Hugh Wheeler, A Little Night Music has won four Tony Awards and remains a perennial audience favourite.

The musical was inspired by the 1955 movies Smiles of a Summer Night by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Sweden around the turn of the 20th century, the story weaves together the romantic entanglements of several couples.

Here’s a look at the four stars.

Cynthia Dale: Star of stage and screen, she’s been a performer since the age of five as an actor, dancer, and singer. Perhaps best known for her role in the long-running series Street Legal, you can read our interview with Cynthia about her one-woman show earlier this year here.

Eric McCormack: An Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, he’s lit up the screen as Will Truman in Will & Grace, Dr. Daniel Pearce in Perception, and special agent Grant MacLaren in the sci-fi series Travellers. He’ll be returning to his home town of Toronto for the show.

Chilina Kennedy: A graduate of Oakville’s Sheridan College, Chilina Kennedy got her start on local stages, winning awards at the Stratford Festival, among others. She’s gone on to star in several productions across North America, most recently in the role of Carole King in the musical Beautiful on Broadway for more than 1,200 performances.

Dan Chameroy: The versatile and Dora Award-winning actor has been a fixture on Canadian stages, including 12 seasons in various roles at the Stratford Festival. His most recent appearance was in the role of Billy Flynn in the well received production of Chicago during the 2022 season.

Tickets go on sale December 16 here.

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