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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.5 Stars)

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5.0 star rating Julie van Kessel from Toronto, Ontario

JUST "WOW"

This was epic! Garth Drabinsky dug deep to bring this multifaceted story to life. The music, the scenery, the choreography, the vocals, the costumes ... It was so deep, rich and breathtaking!!! I have not seen anything comparable to this since Phantom of The Opera. It is truly epic. If you are in TO, you would be very remiss to lose out on visiting the historical Elgin Theatre. This is not an ideal show for kids under Grade 7. There is some pretty mature content and much of the music is quite sophisticated. There are lots of great restaurants near by. Fran's is great for midnight comfort food. The Pantages Hotel is great for apres theatre libations. We typically go to Baton Rouge while in that area and have never been disappointed. Hard Rock Cafe is just up the street as well.

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4.0 star rating Ronald H. from Toronto, Ontario

MOVING MUSICAL

This afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed a preview performance of Garth Drabinsky's production of Sousatzka, featuring the strong vocals of and moving performances by Victoria Clark as Madame Sousatzka and Judy Kaye as the Countess, both refugees from the holocaust and Poland. Jordan Barrow was totally believable as the Soweto refugee pianist prodigy Themba, supported well by the powerful voice of Ryan Allen as his father and by Montego Glover as his mother. John Hillner was comically delightful as a former vaudevillian, and Erin LeCroy poignant as the young Sousatzka. The juxtaposition of Apartheid and Nazi fascism was fascinating. The choreography by Graciela Daniele was wonderful, and the dancers performed with precision and vigour. I wondered if the stranger visit should come before the Royal Hall piano performance for a final scene, but I imagine the work is still in progress. Great afternoon!

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