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from Toronto, Ontario
SURPRISED AND BLOWN AWAY!
I received free tickets through work and decided to bring my musically inclined brother with me to the opening night of previews. We knew nothing about the show and were a little bit skeptical. Well, we had no reason to be. Both of us are seasoned theatre goers, having seen a number of musicals in both Toronto and on Broadway. This absolutely blew us away. My brother said it's his favourite musical so far. The story is rich, the music and choreography were phenomenal, and the production itself was unique and every thoughtful. It hit every range of emotion, and there wasn't a dull moment. Victoria Clark stole the show, but her young student played by Jordan Barrow was very impressive as well. There was so much talent on that stage, it would have been hard to stand out, but he did an amazing job - particularly for someone so young. Definitely go and see this musical!
John Conlin from Toronto, Ontario
Such a powerful and moving story. This show is a reflection of the tensions that prevalent today and is truly what the world needs to see right now. The direction is stunning and the set is unbelievable. The cast and storyline moved me to tears multiple times throughout the performance. David Shire, Richard Maltby Jr, and Lebo M have created incredible music with powerful lyrics. As a songwriting major at Berklee College of Music, I paid extra close attention to the music and lyrics and was amazed at how perfectly the two fit together. I highly recommend this show to anyone! The story is great, the music is great, and the message is so important in today's society.
D. Clark from Toronto, Ontario
SOUSATZKA WAS AMAZING
The show was wonderful, not a dull moment, thoroughly enjoyed it. A must see. The story, the songs and African dance just amazing. I would 100% recommend it and every seat in the theater was a good seat.
Laura from Toronto, Ontario
I attended the show on March 8th. What can I say that hasn't already been said? I laughed a little and cried a little. What a great and moving musical. Remarkable singing. Bravo!
Debbie O from Toronto, Ontario
GREAT RELATABLE STORY
Must see for modern generation. Story told great through comedy, musical and great cast who engage audience.
Ronald H. from Toronto, Ontario
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!
Joey Schooley from Elgin Theatre Toronto, Ontario
SOUSATSKA THE MUSICAL
As a Toronto actor and somewhat musical, I can speak to this musical from many angles, and from every angle, it's a stunning tour de force! From a great script to melodious tunes, fabulous costume design and exquisite backdrops with special effects, this play is destined to be a mega hit on BROADWAY and everywhere it goes! BRAVO Mr. Drabinsky. As far as venues go, the ELGIN theatre is a premier venue worthy of any show! This is a 5 star performance! suitable for all ages. My congratulations to everyone involved.
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